Purchased for 19,500 with 6 CD, Sunroof and Tow. With 700 miles I'm getting 20 mpg with 50/50 city/hwy. 4WD on snow packed country roads (a lot of hills) is great. Handling on the hwy in snow, rain or dry pavement is excellent. Fold flat rear seats and rear cargo size allow me to take my 2 Doberman's on long trips with everyone being comfortable. I shopped and test drove many other SUV's in this size and I made the right choice with the Escape. No rattles, shakes or shimy's.
4WD, handling, 6 CD, good acceleration onto the highway and so far very dependable even in -20 degree weather. Gas mileage is good compared to my last two vehicles which got 17 and 19 MPG (Toyota Highlander and Sienna).
White face gauges are nice but needs more spacing between speedo numbers, it's tough to tell if your going 76 or 79 MPH.
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