2004 Ford Escape XLS Value Fwd 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Handles well, plenty of storage. The cruise control is well-designed. Handles really well in poor weather, snow, heavy rain, etc. One small blind spot by the side view mirrors, but great visibility compared to other SUV's. Stopped running at 37K miles. Had to replace the MAF (a $325 repair). Didn't like that on a low mile vehicle that's been well-maintained.
Looks good, handles well, good visibility, good amount of room for this size SUV.
Better quality fabric for interior (looks cheap). Improve mechanical quality -- a breakdown at 37K miles? Very poor. I'll buy an import if this happens again. I expect to provide basic maintenance with no breakdowns (this is a safety issue) on a newer vehicle. Construct it better.