The Ford Escape’s comeback is nothing short of terrific as it has been determined to have sold more than 2000 units higher than the Honda CR-V (the undisputed 2012 compact crossover king) in January. The CR-V, which sold 17,809 units, is also threatened by the Chevrolet Equinox (with 17,223 units sold), just 600 units behind Honda.
Toyota RAV4 is at fourth place with 11,610 units sold. Fifth place went to the Nissan Rogue (with 8951 units sold). Trailing it at sixth place is GMC Terrain (with 8550 units). If GM’s Equinox and Terrain sales are combined, they would have a higher figure than the leaders in the class. Seventh place goes to the Subaru Forester with 6565 units sold but it’s likely to experience a sales surge as soon as the new Forester arrives in dealerships.
The smallest gap between crossovers is the one between the Jeep Patriot and Mazda CX-5. The Jeep Patriot takes eight place with a lead of just four units. Mazda’s CUV took ninth place with 5344 units.
Still, it’s believed that the competition between them will intensify when the refreshed 2014 Patriot starts selling later this year. At No. 10 is the Hyundai Tucson, with 3493 units sold. The Jeep Compass (with 3116 units sold) didn’t perform as well as its cousin. This was trailed by Kia Sportage and Volkswagen Tiguan.
Ford Escape gives the flexibility and cargo room SUV consumers desire with a sporty design they want.
The Escape's sporty attractive appearance is not an accident. Ford wanted to generate the notion of a sportsman like a swimmer or a runner in the new physique, all the way to the definite musculature that communicates motion and energy.
This new SUV will be available as the Escape in North America and will be presented with the Kuga emblem in other markets around the globe.
Operation follows shape as the smoother styling provides for cargo room that goes beyond the previous Escape - with 68.1 cu. ft. of room behind the first row and 34.3 cu. ft. behind the second. The new Kuga will be a little longer than the current version, providing additional luggage room.
Escape has Ford's latest seats, which are lighter in weight while increasing convenience for customers. The seat form has lost almost 3 pounds while the seats have added functionality in the two-way powered recline and two-way powered lumbar support. These are on top of the traditional six-way adjustability.