Ford Motor Co. announced on December 19 that the 2004 Ford Escape has been recognized with the Texas Auto Writers Association's "Best Compact SUV" Award. In addition, it has received "Best in Class" and "Best in Safety" awards from Kiplinger's magazine. Order banks for the new 2005 Ford Escape are now open. It has many new features tailored to further meet fleet buyers’ needs such as the Intelligent 4WD System which instantly adjusts to any driving surface, battery saver with headlamps-off delay, a new optional Safety Canopy(tm) and much more. Full details on the 2005 Ford Escape can be found at Select the Products Tab, SUV Showroom, then 2005 Escape.