I turned in my 2006 Explorer V6 XLT to get a smaller more fuel efficient SUV that was also not so truckish. The Escape V6 AWD was the SUV of choice. I got for a good price one year old used with 17,000 miles. The Explorer I traded in got only an avg. of 12-13 mpg and had a real truck SUV feel to it. The Escape has a much smoother feel to it and gets an avg of 19 mpg.
Small but roomy and the awd is better than part time 4x4. Easy to manuever around town.
A real basic interior with cheap components, almost boring the interior lay-out, with a less than avg build quality, however the exterior styling and build quality is actually real nice.