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The Great Escape
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By Carol
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2006 Ford Escape XLT Sport 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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I just love the car-like handling; not stiff and bouncy like a truck, a very smooth ride. Equipped with the 6 cylinder, it has plenty of power either from a dead stop or already doing 60 and you need to gas it quick. Very tight steering. Very luxurious with the leather interior and, plenty of head and leg room, both front and rear. Quite a bit of cargo space behind rear seat and even more if you lay 1 or both back seats down. Nice smooth, fairly aerodynamic body design. Reasonably priced.


Favorite Features

Moonroof, hidden spare tire under cargo deck, sharp turning radius, rear seat backrest splits so a passenger may still ride comfortably with the other section laid down for cargo, tailgate raises instead of lowering.


Suggested Improvements

Factory skid plates underneath for more off-road protection.


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By Larry
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2006 Ford Escape Limited 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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I have driven the vehicle for three months. It is really fun to drive. It is easy to get into and out of. The mileage around town is 18 to 20 mpg. On a trip from Jefferson City, MO to Dayton, OH and return it averaged a little over 25 mpg. The vehicle, for a small SUV, has lots of room and the rear seats fold down for hauling larger items. The engine has plenty of power.


Favorite Features

Leather seats and all around good looks.


Suggested Improvements

With today's gas prices we could use better mileage.


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Really fun compact SUV
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By adrock
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2006 Ford Escape XLS 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl 4A)


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We've had our Escape for about a month now and we love it. The 4 cylinder engine is peppy and provides a fun drive but it often needs to down shift when going uphill on the highway. The fuel economy is better than I expected with this being our first SUV (avg. mid 20s). The comfort and ride are amazing and it definitely has a ton of room and cargo area, probably the highest in the class. Can't wait till winter in NH to try out the AWD feature. Highly recommended to anyone in the market.


Favorite Features

Economical and peppy 4 cylinder. Drives like a car but has all the "good" qualities of SUV's. Perfect size and looks. Flip up glass in trunk.


Suggested Improvements

Some cheap materials on interior here and there.


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Love it so far...BUT...
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By crostolinaste
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2006 Ford Escape Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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I just picked up my new Escape last week and I love it. I did have my eye on this model for some time and feel that I did a lot of research prior to the purchase. However, I discovered this last weekend on my first "roadtrip" that the air conditioning is inadequate -- it only blows the cool air through the dash vents, nothing below the waist. This is sort of an issue for me. At this point, I'm not sure if I would have decided against buying this model based on this one factor, but it really is a huge disappointment. I will definitely be seeking aftermarket repair shops to see about overriding Ford's inept cooling system.


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Escape XLT Sport
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By Wayne
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2006 Ford Escape XLT Sport 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Very good handling and comfortable on long trips. Milage is great for the type vehicle. I would definitly get another. Foir myself, an all wheel drive. I would want a bit larger engine, though. Then, off to the mountains bowhunting I go!!


Suggested Improvements

Add a bit larger engine to the list of options. Mayby a 4.0 liter


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What's not to like?
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By LaWanda R.
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2006 Ford Escape Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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The interior is awesome, the 200hp reacts almost instantly, I receive 24.5 miles per gallon, and the interior is comfortable and spacious. My message center reports any problems ( which I haven't had yet). It handles excellent in the winter time. This truck didn't slip once, or if it did, I didn't feel it. We had 5 feet of snow in Michigan this past winter, and the Ford Escape handles excellently. I am truly impressed. This truck is also perfect for long road trips because I get 392 miles on one tank of gas. This sound system is very impressive, oh! and the moonroof is just lovable. The best part is the 4WD system, it works always, I don't have to press any buttons, and it has great traction.


Favorite Features

The 4WD system, Mach 6-disc in-dash system, message center, gas mileage, interior, leg room and cargo room.


Suggested Improvements

I would like a DVD player to be featured in the next Escape.


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Escape XLT 6 cylinder
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By Robert Campbell
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2006 Ford Escape XLT 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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This my first SUV. Checked out all the other SUV's over a two month period, but kept coming back to the Escape. Had it only one week and then took a road trip from Florida to Michigan and put 4000 miles on it on flat highways and mountains and got approximately 26.5 mpg on the flats and 25.5 in the mountains. I think 4,000 miles is a good test drive. I am 6 ft.; have leather seats that were comfortable with great back support that I had no trouble driving for 12 hours (with rest stops every two hours) in one day. I love it and would recommend the Escape XLT V6 auto to anyone.


Favorite Features

Love the floor shift (auto) ,leather seats, handling, acceleration, in dash 6 CD player (standard on XLT), split lift gate, cargo space, cargo convenience group, low lean in tight turns, gas mileage group, dash dials, auto passenger air bag.


Suggested Improvements

A little better upgrade of the gray plastic around the radio and power window controls.


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Great Little SUV
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By heyheyhelen
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2006 Ford Escape XLT Sport 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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I've had a S-10 Blazer years ago and my trade in was an Explorer and this Escape is the best. It's the perfect size, great visibility, and the gas mileage is better than the Explorer. The only thing I wish was that the instrumentation panel was a little more upscale. The white dials takes away from the interior as far as styling go ... but a great little SUV


Favorite Features

Adjustment of seat, feel of the steering wheel, the vehicle feels lighter and more maneuverable than my other SUVs I've owned.


Suggested Improvements

Instrumentation panel, driver's seat should be able to be moved up or down depending on height of driver.


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Love my Escape
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By Kathryn
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2006 Ford Escape XLT Sport 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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I really am amazed at my delight of my Escape. From reports I thought that the Escape was not going to be a very good investment ... thankfully I decided for myself. It is very comfortable and easy to handle. It is a blast to drive. And I get 23 miles to the gallon. It seats 5 comfortably with a lot of leg room. I definitely recommend the Ford Escape to everyone.


Favorite Features

It's a blast to drive and very comfortable.


Suggested Improvements

Are you kidding me? Hmmm, can't think of anything.


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Top notch vehicle
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By Keyser Suze
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2006 Ford Escape XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Very well built vehicle. Strong engine provides 200HP, extremely responsive gas pedal (I am not sure why another reviewer gave 5 for performance?). Gas mileage is better than my expectation; 24.5 mpg with 3 people, loaded vehicle 70 mph average speed, 50% AC for 383 miles. Handling on snow is spectacular. Moves easily on 3 feet unplowed snow, didn't slip during past winter's icy conditions. Nice looking white gauges, rugged look overall. Nice job Ford. :)


Favorite Features

AWD, powerful engine, passing power on highway, gauges, spare parts availability, dealer network and cargo capacity.


Suggested Improvements

Information center feature comes with limited models, this should be standard feature for XLT. Other than that, nothing really.


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