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The Best Tires for Ford Escapes

by Rick Carlton; Updated November 07, 2017

The Ford Escape is a midsized Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) priced in the low $20s. The model offers rear-drive, a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission and comes in either gasoline or hybrid versions. According to "U.S. News and Reports," the Escape ranks 10th among 22 comparable 2010 midsized SUVs. A wide array of excellent tire choices are available for the Escape, so to make things simple, we are using the baseline 4x2 Ford Escape (manual transmission) configuration delivered with 16-by-7-inch wheels.

Yokohama Parada Spec-X

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The Yokohama Parada Spec-X is an all-weather sports performance tire, offering excellent traction regardless of the conditions. According to the Tire Rack annual customer re-purchase survey, the Parada ranks first with a value of 100 percent.

Goodyear Fortera SL Edition

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The Goodyear Fortera SL Edition is a light truck tire, oriented to all-weather performance, specifically optimized for over-sized wheel combinations. According to the Tire Rack annual customer re-purchase survey, the Fortera ranks second with a value of 97 percent.

Dunlop Grandtrek ST 8000


The Dunlop Grandtrek ST 8000 is an entry/replacement tire constructed to produce all-weather performance. According to the Tire Rack annual customer re-purchase survey, the Grandtrek ranks third with a value of 93 percent.

About the Author

Since 1984, Rick Carlton has authored more than 450 articles on the principles, application, analysis and deployment of interoperable enterprise technologies. Additionally, he has written more than 150 feature articles on aviation, auto and motorsports topics including work for The Auto Channel, "Automobile," "Flight Training" and "On-Track" magazine. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in music from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

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