Do yourself a favor and swap the crappy Continentals for Michelin Latitude (as Ford did for model year 2009 and on) or, for less $$, Khumo AST, or anything else that is more of a highway tire (less agressive treads) The noise reduction will be AMAZING !!! My wife thought we had a new ride. Always rotate the tires (front/rear, no X pattern) at EACH OIL CHANGE. The Tribute (Escape) rear suspension is soft (to avoid the jerkiness in turns) so the tires tend to chip off on the edges. So, diligent rotation will save the day. All in all the greatest value of my driving experience !!!
Low Fuel Consumption
Low insurance rate
Low resale value (Great when you buy used !!)
Inexpensive maintenance: no timing belt, drum brakes in the rear, long life spark plugs.
More comfortable seats.
Standard cruise control
STAY AWAY FROM CONTINENTALS TIRES !!!