My Escape needed major repairs at 55 miles (cylinder head and gasket) and again at 3,300 (serpentine belt, pulley and bearings) . I do not like the gear transition at low speeds (between 2-3 RPM's), very jerky and a big clank when put into reverse at even a small incline.
Good size for a small SUV. Seems reliable on snow.
Full size tire as spare should be standard. More extensive warranty.