Re: Anyone towing with a 4 cylinder Escape?
I took a 5 speed 4cyl for a test run last fall as a replacement for the wife's car (civic) as she prefers the manual transmissions but wanted more room for photography equipment.
At the time the dealer couldn't give me much of a deal so I walked away. It was great unloaded and passing was decent. I'm sure it could tow my 4x8' utility without worry (dry weight about 500lbs) with firewood. It's a shame that Ford doesn't offer a 6 speed as in the Fusion with a lower first gear so they can rate it at 2000-3000lb. I found the V6 and 6 speed auto would hunt a bit as you can't select any one gear with that transmission.
I haven't towed with it but if you're used to the Toyota you'll knowingly be pleasantly surprised with the Escape 5 speed. Also, check on YouTube for related video's, that place can be quite educational although a lot of times the drivers...can't really drive....
'11 Ram Quad Cab 4x4 SXT 5.7L HEMI (stock); 48,500m
'06 Pontiac G6 GT 3.5L 220hp; 64,000m
'12 Chrysler 200 Limited 3.6L 283hp; 28,000m
'99 Taurus 3.0L 2V Vulcan 145hp; 154,300m - Traded
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