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.
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.
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.
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.