I've owned and operated this vehicle for just about a year now and it's been the ideal SUV for me and how I use it. For being a disabled driver as myself, it's so easy to transfer from my wheelchair and into the seats.
The 3.0 V-6 has very impressive acceleration and runs smooth. The steering and handling responds well and ride quality is superior.
The '06 XLT should have had 17 inch tires for an option.
I bought this vehicle in 2006 and have loved it but.... at 30,000 the gas pedal kept getting stuck... in the up position so I couldn't step in the gas unless I slammed my foot down. I had it fixed and they told me they replaced the linkage. It was fine after that. 1 year and 2 days later it happened again (2 days past part warranty) and the Ford dealer would not honor that. Low funds makes it hard to fix and Ford will not help. They tell me "its my problem." For a part to go twice really doesn't say much and such an important one.
It is fun to drive. I feel it's spacious.
After owning it a while the road noise does become loud. Also hear a clanking underneath when I go over a bump. And the gas peddle sticks.
2006 Ford Escape XLT Sport 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
There is one minor flaw in this vehicle that is such a major distraction to the driving experience that I have grown to hate the Escape completely. I drive up to 60,000 km(35,000 Mi) every year and the uneven tire wear that mysteriously happens with these vehicles leads to obscene levels of noise while driving. The dealership and other garages seem aware that the Escape has this issue but don't seem aware of how horrendous an issue this is for a high mileage driver. The only advise the dealer could offer was to rotate the tires every 5000km instead of 10,000. For me that would mean a tire rotation every 4 weeks which is just not feasible! NOTE- uneven wear is not a result of wheel alignment.
No favorite features... most features would just rate an "average" from me.
Fix whatever the problem is that causes uneven tire wear. Other vehicles i have owned such as Honda CRV did not have this problem.