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XLS Value Key Features & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
23 City / 28 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • 2.0L (121) DOHC SEFI 16-valve I4 "Zetec" engine
  • Engine block heater *Standard in AK, MN, ND, SD, MT, WI & WY for retail purchases only*
  • 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • 2.93 axle ratio
  • Front wheel drive
  • 4-wheel independent suspension
  • (4) P225/70R15 BSW all-season tires
  • (4) 15" X 6.5" 5-spoke styled steel wheels w/cap
  • Compact spare tire w/under cargo floor storage
  • 16.0 gallon fuel tank

Exterior Features

  • Grey bumpers w/rear step
  • Grey lower bodyside cladding
  • Black grille w/black mesh center
  • Black full grip ergonomic door handles
  • Halogen headlamps w/delay
  • Black fold-away pwr side mirrors
  • Solar-tinted glass
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Rear 2-speed wiper w/washer

Interior Features

  • Cloth front low-back bucket seats w/head restraints
  • Fold-flat rear bench seat w/removable cushion
  • Floor console-inc: (5) cup holders, storage bin
  • Black tilt steering wheel
  • White-faced instrument panel-inc: warning lights, tachometer
  • Pwr windows w/driver "one-touch-down"
  • Pwr locks
  • Remote keyless entry w/2-step unlocking, (2) transmitters
  • Securilock passive anti-theft system w/immobilizer
  • Air conditioning
  • Rear floor heat ducts
  • ETR AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc: clock, (4) speakers
  • Locking glove box
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Front auxiliary 12V pwr outlet
  • Cloth visors w/covered vanity mirrors
  • Front/rear assist handles
  • Interior lighting w/delay-inc: map lights, rear cargo light
  • Illuminated entry
  • Lower valence panel bin
  • (4) cargo floor hooks

Safety Features

  • Driver & front passenger airbags
  • Front height-adjustable 3-point safety belts w/pretensioners
  • Rear outboard 3-point safety belts, center lap belt
  • Rear outboard LATCH child seat anchors & tethers
  • Belt Minder feature
  • Child safety rear door locks

2003 Ford Escape Owner Reviews

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Great car for small family or large dogs

2003 Ford Escape XLS Value

I bought my vehicle used after there was a new engine put in. I like the size of the car, not too big but its big enough for my large dog and now car seat. The seats in the back go all the way down and are very easy to get down and back up. When down there is plenty of room, we have moved twice since me having this car and it took no time as there was plenty of space of boxes. Our car seat was a breeze to install as there are easy access anchors to hook the base too. Downside to that is we had to move the passenger side up quite a bit and the front seat is a little cramped. Sunroof is a plus. I have had to put more work in my car and it's still causing problems. ABS system is messed up

- Kristina S

Great car, would recommend it to anyone

2003 Ford Escape XLS Value

This car is extremely comfortable, nice and high off the ground, allows for plenty of foot space as well. The trunk space is big enough to fit a stroller along with any shopping that needs to be done. We're currently expecting a third child and I'm not confident three car seats will fit in the back, so sadly we may have to say goodbye to this car. I would recommend it to anyone I know though!

- Mariah A

The best part of my car is it is easy on the gas mileage.

2003 Ford Escape XLS Value

My car is highly reliable, the only problem is the age of the car. Due to its age it needs constant maintaining. However it is very affordable to fix and easily taken care of. It always gets me where I am going and it is a comfortable ride. The heating and conditioning system works efficiently and the heated seats are nice.

- Cassie B

Ran good for many years with several owners

2003 Ford Escape XLS Value

Both of the passenger side door handles have broken. Only the Drivers side door has a place to insert a key to unlock it which can make it interesting if there is snow or ice. The way the engine is placed has made for some difficult mechanic issues. As the car has gotten older the power steering can be an issue at times

- Eric A

Positive attitude about my escape.

2003 Ford Escape XLS Value

I bought my escape used 6 yrs ago. It has been the perfect vehicle for me. It zips around with great power and maneuverability. It is the perfect size to keep me independent. I can haul things and carry things I couldn't in a car. I get very good gas mileage and have spent very little on upkeep and repairs.

- Twyla C

My Ford Escape is a passenger vehicle. Plenty of room for traveling with family.

2003 Ford Escape XLS Value

It's a very nice vehicle. It's roomy, drives great. I haven't had any problems with it. I've driven it all over, most to Pennsylvania from Virginia. I love that it's an SUV! All around, it's been a great vehicle. I might just trade it in for another Ford Escape! Time will tell.

- Catherine M

Great gas mileage, never left me stranded. It has been a really good car.

2003 Ford Escape XLS Value

I have had very few problems with my car. The only things I have had to fix were just from normal everyday driving. Such as tires and alignment. It gets great gas mileage and has plenty of room in the back for storage or for shopping trips. I wouldn't trade it anytime soon.

- Leslie H

Ford Escape red leather seats 2003

2003 Ford Escape XLS Value

We bought ours used so the radio CD player gave out but we replaced it and everything works good now. The 3rd row seating is an amazing addition because we transport outer dogs and a lot of kids throughout the year. The only thing I don't like is the leather seats in the summer

- Kara H

Handles Michigan winters with no slipping and sliding!

2003 Ford Escape XLS Value

My car I' m the second owner as far as I know you would never guess it is a 2003 it still starts up and runs like it is new car. My escape is very roomy and very comfortable and it handles the snow great even though it is not even a 4 wheel drive either.

- Kim L

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