I4 22 mpg city/ 26 mpg highway
V6 18 mpg city / 23 mpg highway
What does Edmunds.com Say?
“Put a Ford Escape in a Mercury outfit
and what do you get? An excellent small
SUV in pretty dapper digs.”
The Pros and Cons from Edmunds.com
Powerful V6, large cargo capacity, comfortable
and stylish interior, carlike handling.
Faux wood trim is unconvincing, fuel-thirsty
The 2005 Escape earned an "Acceptable"
rating (the second-highest) in frontal offset
crash tests conducted by the IIHS. In IIHS
side-impact tests, this small SUV earned
a "Good" rating (the highest)
when equipped with side airbags and a "Poor"
rating (the worst) without the bags.
ABS is standard on all Mariners, and V6
4WD models have four-wheel disc brakes.
A notable safety feature is the optional
Safety Canopy system that offers full-length
head curtain airbag protection in the event
of a side-impact collision or rollover.
The mechanically identical Ford Escape has
done well in government crash testing, earning
a perfect five stars for the driver in frontal
impacts and four stars for the front passenger.
In side-impact crash tests, it received
five stars for both front- and rear-seat