I just bought this SUV and I love it better than my 08 Suzuki Forenza I had. The Forenza was totaled in an accident. So far this SUV is getting the same gas mileage I had in my Forenza. I love the fact that I have the basic model and it doesn't look to plain. The ride is smoother than my Forenza and comfort is way better than my Forenza.
The stock sound system what else can I say. I can hear bass and not just knocking. The seats are comfortable, in my Forenza my wallet would make me sore, in the Escape I do not have that problem.
The front wheels get a a lot of brake dust on them. After you wash it and go somewhere thats all you see will take it back to the dealer to get that checked. other than that it is a great SUV. Glad i bought this and not another Suzuki