This is my first SUV. I was looking for a car and the Escape caught my eye. I tried the Escape then the Explorer. I am 6'3" and my head rubbed the top in the Explorer, I had plenty of room in the Escape. The XLT model had all of the amenities that I wanted, not cluttered with useless things to jack up the price. I was sold after I drove it. It really drives like a Car AND Truck. I am very happy with it. On to get another soon, to replace my wife's car.
I love the 6 CD stereo. There are a lot of aftermarket accessories for this vehicle.
The cabin noise is a bit much at higher speeds. The gas mileage could be better, but I am averaging 24 mpg (I drive a lot on the highway).