By GEB on
2006 Ford Escape XLT 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl 4A)
At 88k miles I love my Sonic Blu Escape. It has been everything I had hoped. Whether going confidently through snowy Pennsylvania winters, or carrying a canoe to a lake, or toting our college student's stuff, or hauling yard/tree trimmings, it has done it all comfortably.
The AWD is remarkable. You don't know it is working, but you know with confidence that you can easily go through foot deep snow without any problem. Starting uphill on a slippery slope occurs smoothly without any spinning as though it were a dry hill.
I added a soft pad for the door arm rest soon after owning it. Other than that, it has not been lacking in any way.