By Former Pickup Owner on
2007 Ford Escape XLS 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 4A)
Back to the blue oval after about 12 years. Overall build quality is good, but interior has a little too much plastic. Seats are comfortable and handling is very good, reminds my of my old Honda CRX. Love the blazing copper color. Miss the power and height of my pickup, but not the gas mileage.
Overall handling and fun to drive. Worst milage so far is 23.5 (good headwind, a/c on, and hilly country). Typical is 25.5 to 27 with 25/75 city/highway. 4 cyl has plenty of pickup except when fully loaded.
Update the transmission and put in a 5 spd auto (75 mph and 2700 rpm). Tinted windows should be standard even on XLS.