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Car reviews - Ford - Escape - XLT 5-dr wagon

Climate Control

Ford logo26 Jun 2001

By BRUCE NEWTON

TEMPERATURE controls are relegated to the lower portion of the dash fascia as Ford claims the audio is more often used and therefore deserves pride of place. They're still within easy reach of the driver. The manually operated climate system uses a trio of rotary dials. Air for front-seat occupants is delivered through louvres in the centre console rear seat passengers get their air via floor-level vents. Air-conditioning is standard on both the XLS and XLT models.

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Ford argues the Escape's HVAC system is superior to that of the CR-V and RAV4. The Escape's fan, for example, has a maximum airflow rate of 540 m3/h. Ford claims the CR-V pumps out 400 m3/h, and the RAV4 380 m3/h

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