The Escape's rise up the sales charts is really remarkable. Yes, compact SUVs are one of the fastest-growing auto market segments today, but the Escape isn't exactly the newest product.
Despite a redesign in 2008, it hasn't changed a whole lot since its introduction in 2000. Besides the general rush to fuel-efficient small SUVs, chalk it up to Ford's improved dependability and the general popularity of Ford Motor Co. as "the one that didn't take the money."
Higher-than-average spending on sales incentives, according to Edmunds.com, also helps.
These cars ranked highest in the latest J.D. Power survey measuring how much owners like their new cars.
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