Bought in early April and have 5000 miles so far. I love it. It has never been in the shop. I get 29 mpg or better if I drive 70, but that drops to 27 at 75-80. I use regular gas. If I mix highway and town driving, I get 26mpg. Live in FL and drive fairly gently. Have never had a problem with pairing my iPhone 4s. I love the Sirius radio and how you can optimize it for driver listening. Great quiet ride.
Interior design, smooth ride, good mpg and best value for the money. I've owned Expedition, Tahoe, Pathfinder, Grand Cherokee, Pilot (all fully loaded), loved them all, and the Escape compares favorably to them all.
The steering at highway speeds takes some getting used to. Every little movement in the steering wheel is felt. Not a problem under 70.