By Arthur Burford on
2006 Ford Escape XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
An adequate vehicle which serves my needs. I wouldn't consider it exceptional, but I think it compares favorably with other vehicles in its class.This vehicle came equipped with running boards, a feature I would have insisted upon. However, I find the running boards to be a detriment to entering and exiting the vehicle ... for children maybe? Also, the cup holders are behind the console shift lever -- between the lever and the front storage compartment, making them extremely difficult to use. Speedometer markings are difficult to read. Vehicle has on a couple of occasions gone into passing gear arbitrarily.
4 wheel disc brakes, ease with which the rear seats can be lowered and raised, reasonable comfort and enjoyable driving and versatility of utilization.
Revise the console to make shift lever/cup holder/storage compartment more accessible. Throttle system needs some serious consideration to prevent arbitrary acceleration.