My family purchased the 2013 Ford Escape S
about three months ago (This is July of 2013) and at first we were SO happy, but about a week past and we had a sync problem, then a lift gate problem and so on and so on. Though this is a very NICE (Key word) car. I still have a few years to go before saying i like ford... Cause at the moment; I don't. The low base price and High MPG, mixed with the design of this car make it a real catch. So if you can afford slightly higher priced car, I strongly hope you do. Another car that might suit your fancy would be a Chevy Equinox that we also own and love three times more. With a spacious 2nd row and quiet interior make a better choice by a long shot.
The interior and exterior are of high quality and the materials used make you feel better about yourself. The fact that it has a sport mode and a Standard mode... Well lets just say i might have been pulled over... also there are a few cool secret compartments for hiding things you don't want your kids seeing. The base stereo is pretty good!
The problem is that Ford still has a problem with build quality; if you live on a dirt road like us, DO NOT BUY IT! It gets dirty so fast you can't even make it out of the car wash; the rear seat is a bit snug; the low trim is the only compact crossover/SUV in America besides the Mitsubishi Outlander sport that comes with hubcaps, and though the hubcaps are pretty; against competitors like the GMC Terrain, Chevy Equinox Toyota RAV 4 and Honda CR-V. the low trim standard features are low.