Bought American to support my country and UAW after years of Asian vehicles. Engine runs/idles louder/rougher than comparable imports and SUV has been into dealer 3 times for over 3 weeks. Mysterious clunking in rear (Ford engineer called in), leaky transmission, transmission shifting problems (recall to reprogram control module solved them). Overall, I like the vehicle but have been a little disappointed with the overall quality and experience of owning it. Certainly makes me question the contention that domestic vehicles are equal to and exceeding imports. And, it seems like every other car on the road is an Escape!
Fairly roomy and comfortable, decent gas mileage (24-25 mpg combined), 170 HP is more than adequate, full chrome grill (on Limited), chrome spoke wheels look nice, wet trunk storage, backup warning beeper.
Microsoft SYNC works correctly maybe 60% of the time is not as great as it's made out to be. Quieter engine, little less jarring ride over uneven pavement. Need to remove rear headrests to fold down back seat a little inconvenient. Escapes are being discontinued after next year.