I wanted a small SUV since the Liberty came out in 2001, but I hated that back swinging door. I loved the Escape's cargo space and when they modified the front lights in 2006, and with Ford's Family plan, I just had to buy it at long last. I love it, my big dogs love it and it's just the right size! I get compliments on the beautiful Titanium green exterior color, and I'm finding that my gas mileage is averaging about 27 mpg; most of my driving is highway miles, so the Hybrid did not fit my bill. I love this car so much!
Love its looks, and the seats fold flat for carrying dogs and materials. Tons of headroom and the size of the sunroof feels like I'm in a convertible. Relatively a quite ride, and I don't mind being stuck in traffic anymore because it's so comfortable, with great visibility and sound system
Would love better gas mileage, without giving up the power in my V6. And a more powerful ventilation/air system. I can't blow AC on legs.