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Old 08-03-2012, 12:51 AM   #51
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2013 Edge looks so much nicer ;P
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2013 Edge looks so much nicer ;P
The 2013 Edge is still based on the first gen Fusion. Its out of date and much larger than the Escape though.
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Why would Ford put truck tires on the new Escape? Compared to the old one, this one seems designed for mostly road work, so Ford was probably more concerned about handling and fuel economy than utility, which fits most of the crossover/small SUV crowd.
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My grandfather's 2009 Mariner had Michelin light truck tires, as it was a car pretending to be a truck. The new one switched to passenger car tires because they tend to have lower rolling resistance and probably better fuel economy plus better handling than light truck tires.
That's funny since the RAV4, Rogue, Santa FE, Equinox and CR-V, all of which have positioned themselves as tall cars (NOT SUVs), all come with SUV/light truck tires OEM.

Based on that 3 minutes of research on tirerack.com, the new Escape is the only small crossover that comes with car tires.

Sooooooo...... the new Escape really is quite unusual in that regard.
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Why would Ford put truck tires on the new Escape? Compared to the old one, this one seems designed for mostly road work, so Ford was probably more concerned about handling and fuel economy than utility, which fits most of the crossover/small SUV crowd.
What is the towing capacity of the Escape? I think the decision to go with LT tires over P tires is usually in that factor, isn't it?
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What is the towing capacity of the Escape? I think the decision to go with LT tires over P tires is usually in that factor, isn't it?
Engine Max. Trailer Weight (Lbs.)
2.5L I-4 FWD 1,500
1.6L EcoBoost FWD/4WD 2,000
2.0L EcoBoost FWD/4WD 2,000
2.0L EcoBoost FWD/4WD with Class II Trailer Tow Package 3,500
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I wonder if the tow package comes with LT tires. Not that they would really be required with that rating...
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I wonder if the tow package comes with LT tires. Not that they would really be required with that rating...
Maybe, but they're not listed in the tow package features on the site, just class II hitch receiver, trailer sway control, 2.0L required and hands free liftgate removed.

Last gen was also rated at 3,500 lbs tow capacity.
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WOW did not expect so much reaction (Thanks KAM). My thoughts were primarily due to nasty weather. Light truck/SUV tires tend to be much better in snow and ice conditions which is often the primary reason people I have talked to choose CUVs over station wagons or sedans.

The Escape I was considering has AWD and the new 2.0 turbo. Yet with poor winter performance tires negates most of the AWD advantages. I have also noticed the Continetals are not very good in rain either (at least with the Foci I own).

Will be swapping them out with Firestone Precision Touring as many owners rate these well in light snow/ice conditions.

I live in central Indiana, not a lot of snow but ice storms and sleet events are common.
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WOW did not expect so much reaction (Thanks KAM). My thoughts were primarily due to nasty weather. Light truck/SUV tires tend to be much better in snow and ice conditions which is often the primary reason people I have talked to choose CUVs over station wagons or sedans.

The Escape I was considering has AWD and the new 2.0 turbo. Yet with poor winter performance tires negates most of the AWD advantages. I have also noticed the Continetals are not very good in rain either (at least with the Foci I own).

Will be swapping them out with Firestone Precision Touring as many owners rate these well in light snow/ice conditions.

I live in central Indiana, not a lot of snow but ice storms and sleet events are common.
or you can just buy snow tires. AWD doesnt help you stop i nthe snow anyways, so you'd be just as bad as all the other 2wd cars in the snow on all season tires.
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or you can just buy snow tires. AWD doesnt help you stop i nthe snow anyways, so you'd be just as bad as all the other 2wd cars in the snow on all season tires.
True, though much cheaper just to purchase true all season as new rims, sensors and snow tires or having them mounted, unmounted twice a year on original rims is a bit much for 5-10 nasty weather days a year.

Also during the ice storm 2 years ago my 2009 Edge with Michelans got stuck when the crust in the parking lot gave way under the front wheels and sank 1 inch. AWD likely would have let me at least get out of the parking lot. I am also considering buying tire chains for those situations.
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