I recently donate my car (98 Old Intrigue w/ 250,000 miles) and traded in a F-150 for my new Escape. It is the perfect compliment of the two vehicles. The ride is a lot better then what I expected from this vehicle. And it has seemed to handle the snow and ice well in these wonderfully short MN and ND winters. I'm averaging 24.6 (through the first 4,100 miles) MPG with the V6 which has been the most pleasant surprise.
Roomy interior, exterior styling, and sound system is great.
Arm rest on doors could be wider. A little wider and taller tires would just improve on the great exterior looks. I gave this a nine on Interior because of dash light colors but sounds like that will be changes with 08 models.