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Old 07-10-2012, 06:06 PM   #11
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I love the design but it really isn't all new. It is just a refreshed Ford Kuga.
I actually liked the design of the Azteks. One of the few who did. But it was expensive, underpowered, had poor build quality and ,at least from what I see at our shop, unreliable.
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:28 PM   #12
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Anybody see the Top Gear episode where they pimped out an Aztec and took it off road? They bagged pretty hard on it ...was hilarious but it actually did ok on the off road track. Not for me tho ... Lol.
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Anybody see the Top Gear episode where they pimped out an Aztec and took it off road? They bagged pretty hard on it ...was hilarious but it actually did ok on the off road track. Not for me tho ... Lol.
I saw this, and if memory serves me correctly the Aztec actually won the overall challenge.

The overly-highly scientific challenge.
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Kinda ironic too that the 1.6L ecoboost is available in the escape but not on the Focus. Whats up with that Ford?
They did not think Americans would like paying the extra cash for the option (or paying more for the whole car by making it standard). Americans don't drop cash on compacts like the Europeans. Your question should be: "What's up with that Americans?"

I actually recently recommended my parents look at the Escape and the dealership let them bring it back to the house for two days so they could think about it (salesman was off so they got an extra day). Well that means I made sure I was there to look it over and drive it!

The 1.6 and the DCT are absolutely a dream in that thing. Even with it being a heavier vehicle, it handles great, there is plenty of torque obviously, and I would say the DCT performed better than my dads DSG in his 2.0T Passat. The gearing seemed bang on the money. I don't think I've ever driven an auto where I didn't complain about it within 10 minutes.

I think the overall styling is great, but I will agree with some of you that they got confused at different parts of the car. Fake fender vents? Really? Let the local auto parts store corner the market on those.

I also noticed Ford is trying an interesting tactic. The packaging for the Escape SE is quite different than the Focus SE.

If you go build one on the Ford website, you'll notice the Escape SE's have a more limited selection of equipment groups and option packages.

They really only have more expensive options like MyFord Touch (with or without navi), bigger wheels, panoramic moonroof, and the power liftgate. You can jack up the price into the high 20's if you add all these up (and there are plenty listed at dealerships for that price range).

However, if you select the SEL, you get basically all that AND stuff like heated seats and leather for the same price or less!

Just something interesting I noticed that I thought I'd share.
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Aztec, God save us from the fool who designed the styling on that POS.

As for the 1.6L ECO Boost, isn't that the engine they are putting into the new Focus ST for 2013?
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Glad you're getting your head out of your Aztec.
It's not who designed it...it's who approved the design. They're both gone, surely.
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hmm the Azcrap, maybe a good car for you, but not for Pontiac (one of the cars contributing to their demise). Escape= I drove an SEL lots of options for a week and half, it had the 2.0 Eco. Lots of power and torque steer to go with it. Drove great, comfortable, likes the styling, wish it came in a stick I would buy one (if I made that kinda $)
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The 1.6 and the DCT are absolutely a dream in that thing. Even with it being a heavier vehicle, it handles great, there is plenty of torque obviously, and I would say the DCT performed better than my dads DSG in his 2.0T Passat. The gearing seemed bang on the money. I don't think I've ever driven an auto where I didn't complain about it within 10 minutes.
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It doesn't have a Dct it's a regular auomatic. Your right about the gearing. They put different final drives in depending on the engine or drivetrain.
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Love them! They look awesome.
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Aztec, God save us from the fool who designed the styling on that POS.

As for the 1.6L ECO Boost, isn't that the engine they are putting into the new Focus ST for 2013?
You meant the Fiesta ST correct? Yeah I think it's the same engine. Will be interesting to see how the Fiesta ST and Focus ST compare in terms of overall performance.
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