The legendary Ford Escape originally made it’s debut in time for the 2001 model year. The vehicle immediately revolutionized the segment thanks to the creative and unique design. While similar large SUVs had traditionally been built on a pickup-based body design, Ford’s engineers decided to build the Escape on a sedan unibody structure (while also including an independent suspension and innovative steering mechanics).

The model immediately proved itself to be one of the most versatile vehicles in the class. The all-wheel-drive system made it an excellent choice for off-roading enthusiasts, although several other mechanical inclusions made it a perfect target for those seeking a general commuter. These attributes have been consistent in each of the Ford Escape model years since its original inception.

The brand has also done an admirable job of assuring that their customers have a wealth of engine options, and this was clearly a priority right off the bat. The original Ford Escape could be equipped with three possible engine offerings (including a 2.0-liter Zetec I4, 2.3-liter Durance 23 I4, and 3.0-liter Durance 30 V6) and a number of different transmission options, allowing drivers to “customize” their vehicle to their liking.

None of these attributes or features have disappeared, and that probably plays a significant role in the Ford Escape sustaining this success for nearly two decades.

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