Although the Escape was freshened for 2008, still more changes came for 2009.
Both the four-cylinder and V6 engines received more power.
Performance is adequate with the new 2.5-liter, 171-hp four-cylinder engine, which also returns 21 mpg overall.
Stability control became standard across the line.
Long stopping distances, a major shortcoming of the 2008 Escape we tested, were improved.