From Ford press: Fresh from its 2005-model-year redesign, the fun, agile and durable Ford Escape enters 2006 with exp and ed availability of its new four-cylinder engine and two new paint colors. Escape’s style, roominess, fuel-economy and affordability continue to make it the segment leader. It is geared to active singles and couples, first-time SUV buyers, and those who desire SUV qualities in a more compact, fuel efficient package.
Escape has won numerous important accolades including Consumers Digest’s 2005 Best Buy Award, Car and Driver’s Best Small SUV and Editors' Most Wanted Small SUV from Edmunds.com. Since last year, when Escape XLS became available with a more powerful and smooth four-cylinder engine mated to either a manual or automatic transmission, more and more buyers have selected this economical Duratec 23 powerplant.
This year, the engine will be offered on the more popular XLT trim as well so that more customers can enjoy its surprising power and fuel efficiency. The Ford Escape comes with either an economical, smooth and surprisingly torquey Duratec 23 four-cylinder engine or the eager 200-horsepower Duratec 30 V-6.
Since it became available last year, the 2.3-liter Duratec 23 4-cylinder engine has surprised customers with its combination of power and fuel economy. The engine develops 153 horsepower and 152 pound-feet of torque, while a balance shaft provides exceptional smoothness. The four-cylinder engine is backed by either an automatic or short-throw manual transmission.