I bought this vehicle new in the summer of 2009.
About a month later the Transmission failed.
It took a month and a half to repair because of back ordered parts.
After the rebuild, the shift pattern was messed up and had to go back for reprogramming.
This was all within 15,000 miles and covered by warranty.
After warranty, the a/c condenser failed.
Then the power steering unit failed.
This isn't a standard power steering unit either.
In other words, $1400 more.
I've also had some sort of an mid shaft axle support bearing fail. $400 more.
All in all, I have put nearly $3000 in repairs into a 3-1/2 year old vehicle. Way too many mechanical failures. I'm done with Escapes
Sync system is great, USB access, large sunroof.
Get a better Tranny and power steering unit.... PLEASE.