2002 Ford Escape XLS Value 2WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Having owned a Mustang GT and a Taurus, I find the Escape a great combination of both. A sporty drive and room for people and stuff. It corners impeccably, yet the handling is forgiving. I have a 70 mile commute each day, and take road trips into the mountains. The Escape is at home on the highway and back roads, as long as they are paved. Since many of the parts are shared with a Taurus, I have had some of the same HV/AC problems with the Escape.
interior size, cornering, flexibility
better stereo options, higher performance standard tires, availability of Ford Racing parts