Just got my new 2007 Escape XLT, and its only been a few hundred miles, and I love every minute of driving it. It has great pickup, drives like a car, and handles some limited off-roading I've done so far. The seamless 4wd is great - I couldn't get the car to spin in the rain, and it pulled right out of the sand. I can't wait to see how it will be in the snow. Great 6-disc CD changer, nice sounding stereo with good bass. This is the perfect SUV: good size, power and fuel economy. What more do you need?
Interior design great, everything easy to use. Simple three knob HVAC, clear gauges, etc. Nice alloy wheels, got the new Vista Blue Clearcoat, everyone stares at this color, real nice. Ford's interior have become more Honda-like and less GM-like, which is definitely a good thing! Good stereo.
Slightly more rugged tires, like A/T tires would be nice. These tires are really just for highway travel. Nothing else, this SUV is perfect.