The only reason I bought the Escape is because the Escape is one of the best selling mid-sized SUV's on the market. There are many differnt models to choose from, including an AWD hybrid model which is amazing if you ask me. If I am correct, Ford holds the title of introducing the first AWD hybrid model, and they have done a good job of upholding that title. The Escape is perfect for throwing all kinds of stuff into it from 5 average adults, to ski and snowboards on the roof racks, and a few kids inside. The only bad thing I can say about this SUV is the build quality. The parts are cheaply made and break quickly over time. Ford needs to fix this, or the Escape will die off as we know it.
The intelligent AWD system is actually much better than I expected. The Escape handles very well in the snow, and isn't too big like the traditional SUV. Kudos to Ford for incorporating 4 wheel independant suspension. This feature is good for more comort in driving, and off road use. However ground clearance is lower due to the size of the Escape, so don't go crawling rocks with it. But overall, the Escape is a
very good investment.
If Ford is building their 2013-2014 line-up with the same universal generic parts, they have a hard road ahead of them. The Escape needs much more comfortable seats, and the AWD model should also be avilable in on-demand 4WD. The seats are as hard as rock. The lumbard support is terrible, and after a short time, driving it is very uncomfortable. Since the newer models have full painted bodies, I don't need to mention the plastic body panels. Over time they crack and fall apart. Replacements are very pricy, and
are difficult to remove. Have an AUX jack standard as well as bluetooth.