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By John Engelmann on
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2005 Ford Escape XLS Fwd 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
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Perfect size for single person or couple with two or less children. A lot of space for the price. Handles well and has sufficient power for the smooth shifting 5 speed manual transmission under the power of the 4 cyl engine. The 4 cyl engine in that vast engine compartment puts everything in easy accessible reach. All controls are straight-forward and well-located. Great fuel economy for a vehicle of that size. This car was enough to get me to reconsider my 14 years straight of VW purchases.
Favorite Features
Black plastic trim surrounding the base of vehicle...sharp looking in contrast to the yellow paint, and resists damage from rocks and the like. Spare located inside is far superior in Michigan winters, versus under the tail end.
Suggested Improvements
Reduction of road noise....squeaky clutch pedal seems to be common on these. Anti-lock brakes for ALL levels of models, esp. the two wheel drive in winter. Better tread tires should come standard...would vastly improve winter handling.
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