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.