This was my first brand new vehicle. Ordered it and waited 3 months to get it. Had a problem early on with an A\C vacuum line causing the A\C to kick in and out. Was fixed by dealer. Recently had a stalling issue and dealer never did fix the problem. Took it to an independent repair shop and they fixed it right. After 66k miles, the Escape has been very good and reliable. I hear there are some lemons out there, but I was lucky not to get one. Good power and great room for a small suv. However, looking at selling it for more room and larger towing capacity.
Fun to drive, reclining back seat, interior space for a small suv.
Mileage stinks at about 18mpg on the V6. I have a heavy foot and at high altitude though. Need softer front seats, heated seats, and a little more power. Ford would hit a home run if they mated their electric engine with the V6 instead of the V4.