My Escape has been very reliable. With over 120000 miles, it's also had its challenges. It's thrown two belt pulleys, and three belts. It goes everywhere and starts all the time. Have the xls, 5-speed. Mileage is not that great, 22-23. Last year, replaced the clutch, let my son learn to drive it, and shocks.
Design, comfort, roominess, reliability. Just goes and goes. Maintenance is pretty easy.
Have the cloth interior, very cheaply built. The driver seat is cracking on the vinyl trim, the cloth is still great.
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