Ford Escape: How your vehicle differs from other vehicles - Vehicle characteristics - Tires, Wheels and Loading - Ford Escape Owner's ManualFord Escape: How your vehicle differs from other vehicles

SUVs and trucks can differ from some other vehicles in a few noticeable ways. Your vehicle may be:

• Higher – to allow higher load carrying capacity and to allow it to travel over rough terrain without getting hung up or damaging underbody components.

• Shorter – to give it the capability

• Shorter – to give it the capability to approach inclines and drive over the crest of a hill without getting hung up or damaging underbody components. All other things held equal, a shorter wheelbase may make your vehicle quicker to respond to steering inputs than a vehicle with a longer wheelbase.

• Narrower – to provide greater maneuverability in tight spaces, particularly in off-road use.

As a result of the above dimensional differences, SUVs and trucks often will have a higher center of gravity and a greater difference in center of gravity between the loaded and unloaded condition.

These differences that make your vehicle so versatile also make it handle differently than an ordinary passenger car.

Information about uniform tire quality grading

    4WD system (if equipped)
    Your vehicle may be equipped with a four-wheel drive (4WD) system. With the 4WD option, power will be delivered to the front wheels and distributed to the rear wheels as needed. This increases tra ...

    Information about uniform tire quality grading
    Tire Quality Grades apply to new pneumatic passenger car tires. The Quality grades can be found where applicable on the tire sidewall between tread shoulder and maximum section width. For exampl ...

    See also:

    Cleaning the headliner and carpets
    Roof lining: use soft brushes or dry shampoo if it is particularly dirty. Carpets: use carpet and textile cleaners that have been approved and recommended by Mercedes-Benz. ...

    Traction control (TC)
    This function is designed to help reduce wheel spin by transferring power from a drive wheel that begins to lose traction to the wheel on the opposite side of the vehicle (on the same axle). TC ...

    Blind spot monitor
    The Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) system is a supplement to, not a replacement for, a safe driving style and use of the exterior and rear-view mirrors. Please note that BSM may not be able to give ...