I turned in my 5 sp manual 98 Explorer Sport for the new 5 sp manual 08 Escape and I love it. The ride is comfy, the gas mileage is great (22-28 mpg) and best of all I can plug in my iPod. It is a fun and safe car to drive with plenty of room for my friends. It is a great car for road trips and vacations.
The manual transmission. It is getting harder to find SUVs with one and this is a must have feature for me. The Escape's manual transmission is smooth, easy to shift and a real pleasure to drive.