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I been watching Escape videos on You Tube, and found people were using a term I've not heard before. They were referring to the Escapes as "trucklets." Personally it makes me cringe, my Escape is a truck whenever I refer to it. I was surprised some of the owners were calling it a trucklet, so apparently it wasn't considered an insult.

So what do you call an Escape. My vote is on "Truck," but some people call anything a car, or technically you might say SUV. My favorite misconception was when someone called mine a "Jeep," but the one I hate the most was when someone called my Escape a "van." But whatever you call it I think trucklet is about as bad as van.
 

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Hello Airmapper.
I cringe mentally when some people, refer to my escape as a van or trucklet.
Van?. Does not even resemble that vehicle.
Trucklet ?. :shrug: It is not a toy!.Sounds like something out of kindergarten. :roll:

On the average here down under, most refer to my escape as a ' car '.
Only a few mention ' SUV '.
Either car or suv for me is acceptable.
Most seem to recognise, the model and manufacturer.

As regards my fellow aussies, the usual comments are: " Nice car you got there mate. You happy with the Ford?"
" Thats a nice Escape there mate. You happy with it?."
So they appear to be familiar with FORD, while recognising the model.

My usual references are,' The Escape ' varying to 'Ford ' or periodically ' MAZDA POWER!. '
I have the MAZDA 2.3L four pot in engine bay.
But it definitely is not a " VAN ".
Also decidedly not a " Trucklet ".
' Trucklet ' for me brings up visions of, a bib to dribble on. Assorted coloured crayons.
Those little pretend plastic cars, that have pedals like a tricycle.
I used to have one, during my junior years.Good excercise for leg muscles i suppose.

There is a black and white photo somewhere.
My brother is steering a little pedal driven car.There is a trailer connected to it.
I am a tiny lad of about two years old. Me is sitting in trailer.
Brother was about six years old by then.
Henceforth older brother, is towing me around in the trailer. :lol:
 

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Airmapper said:
I been watching Escape videos on You Tube, and found people were using a term I've not heard before. They were referring to the Escapes as "trucklets." Personally it makes me cringe, my Escape is a truck whenever I refer to it. I was surprised some of the owners were calling it a trucklet, so apparently it wasn't considered an insult.

So what do you call an Escape. My vote is on "Truck," but some people call anything a car, or technically you might say SUV. My favorite misconception was when someone called mine a "Jeep," but the one I hate the most was when someone called my Escape a "van." But whatever you call it I think trucklet is about as bad as van.
I vote for " Truck ". :thumb:
Anyway, i see it as sort of relevant.
Because of engineering, our escape/tributes/mariners, do not quite have the, road comfort of conventional cars.
Have only ever owned cars prior to the escape.
The escape is my first SUV type vehicle.

My brother took it for a test drive.
He noticed the ride was a bit choppy.
Obviously it will not, have car suspension smoothness.
The escape is very comfy on the road. I knew the suspension would change, depending on road conditions.
Some bitumen highways are very smooth. My escape cruises along smooth as silk.
When the surface undulates, well then the ride becomes a bit choppy. It is not overbearing.The ride has a bit of 'TRUCK' feel to it, without being too severe.
 

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I've watched tons of Escape videos on Youtube when I was researching what vehicle to buy. When some refer to it as a "trucklet", I never considered it in any negative way. To me it was just a catchy way to say it's a small truck, which it is.
 

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At work, my colleague's reffered to my Maverick as the "Barbiemobile" :rant: :rant:

However, in the last few weeks bad weather, esp with the deep snow and ice, the Maverick made it to the works carpark without any trouble, although it was lonely there during the day, as the other cars, including a Jeep Cherokee, Range Rover Sport and a Nissan Terrano, all failed to negotiate the road to our depot..........

Suddenley, there is an admiration for the Maverick, it's no longer the "Barbiemobile", its now referred to as a 4X4 :thumb:

Over here, cars such as my Maverick are just known as 4X4's, the terms such as truck, suv etc don't exist.
 

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Trucklet is okay by me. SUV is okay as well. It's really one of the first crossovers, even though it was never marketed that way that I am aware of. So, I suppose it could be referred to as a CUV.

A derisive term in my book is "Mommy wagon". :stop: Yet I see more mommy's driving the bigger Expedition and Excursions than I do men...maybe they are the mommy wagons... :bag:

Doesn't matter to me what they refer to it as. If they don't get it right, either they are trying to annoy me in jest, or they are dealing from an incomplete deck of knowledge. Know what I mean? :bill:
 

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The funny thing is that I've heard the pre 2008 Escapes refered to as "small suv" and mini-4x4...

When I told a friend I bought an escape he said "Ah one of those tiny 4x4's", until he saw it and then said "hey you didn't get an escape, that truck is huge!" I think the new front end on the 2008+ escapes makes them look a lot bigger than they really are.

I don't really care what people call them, I just love my truck! :play:

Pat
 

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I don't mind it as well. When I brought it home, my wife took one look at it an called it "mini me" sitting in the driveway next to her '03 Expedition - origin of it's nickname. It's fairly small on the outside, but certainly plenty big on the inside, and everyone that's checked it out has been extremely impressed by it, so whatever they call it, it's fine by me. Now, the 'Scape is averaging 21+mpg in mixed driving where as the Expy is averaging 12 in local only driving. A bit of a difference even if they are being driven differently.
 

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I first heard the trucklet name in referance by a rewive by someone (can't remember who now) that called the FEH a little electric trucklet.
I think it's kinda cute, and her in Truck Country (Oklahoma); it's by no mean's a "Truck". That term is for a F-150 at min, and usually F-250+ size vehicles. I swear anytime you got out here, trucks out number cars at least 3-to-1, not counting large SUV's.
So for us, a mini-SUV was at minimum vs a car, even an Edge, due to the fact there are so many large vehicles on the road here! Not that size maters much in an accident, but I'd rather get smashed INTO instead of run OVER! :shock:

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I prefer SUV or even crossover. To me a truck is a vehicle that has an uncovered open back with the primary benefit of quick easy stowage, transport, and removal of material. Trucklet would have been one of my mini Toyota Hiluxes, or Datsun trucks of old, but still fitting the same description. I think calling your Jeep, Blazer, Durango, Escape...or another SUV a truck is an attempt of boosting the macho testosterone factor of the more refined enclosed suv that primarily hauls people and secondarily, gear in an enclosed and more refined manner.
Having carried stacks of 16 foot long concrete encrusted lumber, oily wall panels, 100s of pounds of nail pins, muddy boots, tools, and supplies sometimes just down the block or across the state for years in trucks, even in my trucklet minis, by my working class definition, a SUV is hardly a truck.
 

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It's far from a truck. A truck has a box/open bed & solid frame. It's closer to a car than a truck. I vote for SUV or "mini-ute". It's really a CUV based on modern terms.
 

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Lately I've been hearing people refer to SUV's as a modern interperation of the Station Wagon.
 

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Airmapper said:
I been watching Escape videos on You Tube, and found people were using a term I've not heard before. They were referring to the Escapes as "trucklets." Personally it makes me cringe, my Escape is a truck whenever I refer to it. I was surprised some of the owners were calling it a trucklet, so apparently it wasn't considered an insult.

So what do you call an Escape. My vote is on "Truck," but some people call anything a car, or technically you might say SUV. My favorite misconception was when someone called mine a "Jeep," but the one I hate the most was when someone called my Escape a "van." But whatever you call it I think trucklet is about as bad as van.
I personally have a hard time calling anything a "truck" that is not "a vehicle primarily used for transporting cargo, where the cargo area is physically separated from the passenger cabin". I'm a bit of a purist in this regard.

I refer to it as a "car" in casual conversation, unless it's snowing outside, in which case I refer to it as a "4x4". :)

The term that irritates me the most, personally, is "cute-ute", or other similar terms that imply that the Escape is not to be taken seriously. I submit that it is in fact a more serious vehicle than, say, a Cadillac Escalade... :barf:
 
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