2005 Ford Escape Consumer Review: Initial Impressions
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2005 Ford Escape - Consumer Review

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XLS 4dr SUV (2.3L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Initial Impressions
By Bulwark102 on

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2005 Ford Escape XLS Fwd 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

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Just purchased a fully loaded 2005 Escape Limited 4x4. The early 2005 was purchased $350 over invoice. My first impression is this is a solid and good looking vehicle. The engine is powerful and responsiveness is acceptable, but I found other vehicles I test drove (such as the Honda CR-V) were a bit more agile. The engine is loud at higher RPMs and the automatic transmission feels sluggish as it searches and engages the next gear. I feel very comfortable with the interior styling, indicators and controls. I will follow-up after my first 10K miles.

Best Features

- auto gearshift selector on the center floor instead of on the steering column. - newly rounded fog lamps and quad headlamps under clear-lens domes. - 3.0-liter 200-hp V-6 engine

Worst Features

Make the Front Side Impact Air Bag a standard.
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