For my first ride, this Escape is a choice I have yet to regret. I got it more for safety (for my child), but the design (both interior and exterior) caught my eye from the start. I wish the engine had a little more bite, especially since it's mated with a 5-speed manual, but its not too bad nonetheless. It was worth the money I paid.
Blue Instrument panel, standard sound system is nice, safety features are great, smooth ride
Dual brakes on all models should be standard. Bigger engine was addressed in the '09 model, but the '08 model owners are struggling