I have been a big fan of Ford and GM cars with all their warts and issues, so this was a curious experience with Ford and its dealer at Lawrenceville, New Jersey. A car is really a sum of experiences. I bought a pre -owned Ford Escape Certified by Ford. Shocking gaps at all stages.
1. Ford Pre certified. Was given a gar with broken bumpers and mechanicals. The dealer refused to change it the bumper and I also decide to focus on other transmission issues. After 4 weeks, car called in for a day. I got it after nearly 2 week. No loaner or rental.
2. Service - the words dripped with honey but you know when you are spun. Ford directs you to dealer
3. Its car - rough and cheap though functional
Single stalk controls, sun roof, other bell and whistles
Ford Pre Certified and Service. I was hel bent on buying a Ford Fusion 2014, but for the first time in 20 years, Mind conquers the heart! - I expect some element of trust to be engendered during a transaction. Not sure how long patriotism, nostalgia and styling can carry a marquee through.
This was our 3rd new Escape (2005, 2007, & 2012).
We have always liked the 'box' for use ability.
However, our 2012 XLT V6 Escape developed transmission problems at about 10,000 miles.
Ford adjusted trans and slipping seemed to disappear ... initially.
Over time it got worse with terrible slipping, hunting for gears, & loud clunks as it found 1st & 2nd gears.
At 20,000 miles Ford now tells us the transmission will need "several new parts" (which they have to order).
No, they will not replace the trans ... just fix it as they tried before.
Our goal now is to get the car running and dump it.
We are the 3rd generation of loyal Ford customers and, we are the LAST.
This was my first ford vehicle and probably will not be my last. I got the 2012 model because of the big changes for the 2013 crossover model. The escape provides a nice ride and great handling. I feel very safe driving in poor weather conditions. The interior design is great and provides great visibility. But, I recommend the V6 model for the best driving experience.
Ford Sync and bluetooth. The Ford sync bluetooth is the best I have seen in the market. Similar vehicles do not match to the quality of the phone functions. And, the blind spot mirrors are GREAT.
The exterior needs some improvements to the rear bumper. Also, the headlights are just 'ok'.
Leased the 4-cyl Escape and took a 1500 mile trip.
The four cylinder is adequate.
Passing power on the highway was pretty good. The only problem would be long steep grades.
The 6 speed auto shifted smoothly.
It didn't hesitate
to downshift when needed.
The engine only turns over 1700 RPM at 60 MPH.
The first leg of the trip was mostly interstate with about 100 miles of Ozark hills and twisties at the end.
foot and averaged 30MPG going and 28MPG returning against a 20mph head wind, lightly loaded.
This is a great around town vehicle.
I wouldn't want to take on the Rockies, though.
Smooth auto. Steering has excellent feel. Very comfortable seats. easy folding rear seats for a perfectly flat cargo area. Road noise well controlled. Good heating and A/C controls.
Good side mirrors and good outward visibility in all directions.
Easy to enter and exit.
Button to scroll through information center awkward to reach.
The cruise doesn't indicate it is on until you hit the set button.
fuel door doesn't lock, and I don't like the capless fuel filler tube.