Traded in a Jeep Grand Cherokee (6-cyl) for it. Going from 17 to 29 MPG is a great jump. The ride is comfortable in the city, but with bumpy roads some suspension noise is noticeable. The acceleration is good in the city but the powertrain is not as peppy on the highway; it takes some time to get to the speed you want, but is fine at cruising.
The hybrid system (obviously), and the interior room doesn't seem different than the Grand Cherokee I had. The headroom is fantastic.
Things that would make it better would be to include an auxiliary input (1/8) jack for mp3 players, and maybe a larger 4 cyl. with cylinder deactivation to give one power when needed. Some of these probably have already been addressed in later models.
If this SUV had more "Hybrid" competition, it would likely score lower w/me. But since there are few SUV "True Hybrids" out there, this one scores pretty well. Overall I really like it. It is fairly fun to drive, gets decent mileage (27 overall - great for a 4WD SUV), has surprising performance, has Nav, etc. There are downsides... It's ridiculously priced - 33K for an Escape w/a Hybrid drive! It should be in the 25-27K range when compared w/similar SUV's (assuming a 5K Hybrid markup). Buy it used like I did - paid 27k w/only 1,700 miles on it. Other than the Nav/Radio, inside it's a very plain (and dated) Ford product. CD changer under the seat is insane. And the seat cushions are too short.
Black w/Beige leather - love the look! Stereo sounds/looks great. Impressive power. Seat heaters work great, nice and hot, not like all the Asian vehicles I've driven. Overall the SUV "fits" me pretty well. I think it needs to be a "fit" for someone to like it. So try it out first!
All my thoughts were addressed in the 08 model. Unfortunately, they made a change I cannot live with. In the 08's, you cannot turn off the side window defrost vents when the heat is on. That's right, even when the heat is on "Floor", it blows out the side vents like crazy! I can't stand it...
Its a Ford Escape with a Mercury label. I've done lots of city, highway and offroad driving with no major complaints. Its the size an SUV should be. Its interior styling is no-frills-American, even the luxury model is basically the entry level model with leather, seat heaters and a fancy radio. I'm not saying I don't like the vehicle, it is very practical and comfortable.
For an SUV, the mileage ain't bad. With the rear seats down, storage space is plentiful. Leather seats are comfortable.
Though the sticker mileage states 33 city, 30 hwy, I have yet to break 30 in the city. Secondly, even with the most expensive audio system option, there is no MP3 player port (1/8") included. $33K price tag is outrageous.
I owned a Lincoln Aviator before this.There is no comparison. This car is cheaply built!It has uncomfortable seats with paper thin leather, poor sound system, you can hear the outside air through the windows, it has a rough ride. Overall it is just a cheap, uncomfortable car that was definitely not worth 30-some thousand dollars!