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Used Ford Escape in Farmington, NM

The Ford Escape is an SUV that has been in production since the year 2000. It has gone through four generations since then, with the fourth generation just launching at the dawn of the 2020 decade. This vehicle is an essential part of the history of American SUVs and will likely stay that way for a long time. 


Since there are twenty model years' worth of Ford Escape out there, some of those model years end up getting sold or traded in and enter the inventory at Automax Truck and Car Center. The chart below explores some of the history of the Ford Escape so you know what you will be looking at when you buy a used Ford Escape at Automax Truck and Car Center near Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

First Generation

Second Generation

Third Generation

Fourth Generation

2001-2007 Model Years 2008-2012 Model Years 2013-2019 Model Years 2020-Present Model Years

2.0 L Zetec I4, 

2.3 L Duratec 23 I4, and 

3.0 L Duratec 30 V6 Engine Options

2.3 L Duratec 23 I4, 

2.5 L Duratec 25 I4, and 

3.0 L Duratec 30 V6 Engine Options

1.5L I4 Turbo,

2.0L I4 Turbo, and 

2.5L I4 Engine Options

1.5L 3-Cylinder Turbo,

2.0L I4 Turbo, and

2.5L I4 Gas/Electric Engine Options

Hybrid Models in Select Years Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid Models Available Most Model Years Hybrid Versions Absent Return of Hybrid Engine option
Generous Standard Equipment for its Time Saw Few Updates or Refreshes from Year to Year Increase in Safety and Interior Technology New 3-Cylinder Engine and High Safety Ratings


Generation Comparison Analysis

The current generation of the Ford Escape is unique because of its engine options and use of technology, but it is still an example of how forward-thinking the model has been since the year 2000. Numerous engine options have helped this compact crossover find relevance for a bigger market than other smaller crossovers can reach. The early adoption of hybrid technology is paying off as car buyers are leaning that way once again. The third generation may lack hybrid options, but it should still surprise owners with its early adoption of onboard interior technology.

Third Generation Buying Guide

Most pre-owned Ford Escape models found at dealerships like Automax Truck and Car Center will be part of the third generation of the crossover. Since that generation is still so common, here is a list of features you can expect to find in that generation: 

  • High-Quality Interior Materials 
  • Comfortable Seating 
  • Video Monitor 
  • Satellite Radio 
  • Climate Control 
  • Voice-Activated Navigation 
  • Power Adjustable Front and Rear Seats 
  • And More! 
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2017 Ford Escape interior front cabin steering wheel and screen
2017 Ford Escape interior showing snowboard and backpack loaded
2017 Ford Escape interior seen through side without doors