So far, so good. I love my Escape! It is a pleasure to drive and has lots of fun (and functional) features. I spend an hour a day on the road (mostly highway) and find the Escape to be comfortable, with excellent handling and a nice amount of "umph" when merging. I am a little bit nervous after reading about all of the reliability issues other owners have experienced but personally I haven't found the Escape to be noisy or had issues with brake quality (knock wood). No, this is not a Lexus but it isn't meant to be. It is a reasonably priced old school SUV with enough high-tech features that it doesn't feel outdated.