I bought this cute SUV for my family needs and don't regret it at all. One of the best compact SUVs in the market with plenty of interior space. The reliability is outstanding despite the high mileage i got. Not a single complaint to make. Wife and kids love it. So why buy RAV4 or CR-V when you got the Escape?
6 CD changer, side airbags, moon roof, running board, Duratec engine, V6 24 valves.
More interior light, improve fuel economy; mine gets 13 mpg around town.
VERY GLAD I got extended warranty: hydraulic clutch master cylinder went at 42,000 miles, tranny/shift cable got sloppy and replaced at 48,000, EGR valve at 50,000. BUT, those are the ONLY problems I've had on this little gem! Gas mileage: best = 29mpg on last long highway trip averaging 65mph; worst = 18mpg in 4WD in messy snow storm with the defroster blasting. I'm 6'1", 190lbs. Drivers seat and legroom very good for most trips. STILL very impressed with handling! 50k miles and never needed alignment. Could be a tad quieter on road, but can't complain given its overall utility. Good range on gears, though I keep wanting 6th gear; the 2.0L could have handled it on the highway and given even better gas mileage.
Driver bucket seat comfy. Lots of leg/head room front/rear for a small SUV. HANDLES GREAT! Good on gas! Relatively free of repairs for the 50k miles I've had it. Fairly decent console and cubby holes. ABS brakes are great! Like the plastic rocker splash guard width. Nice looks. Good roof rack.
A quieter ride would be nice, because current highway road noise is high. Add 3 to 5 gallons to gas tank for longer trips. Keep present lower 5 gears, but add 6th gear to manual tranny for quieter, more economical highway cruising.
Bought new; 29,000 miles now. Have replaced SINCE WARRANTY ran out at 27,900: 2 power steering pumps, steering column, brakes at 26k, tensioner unit, tires, power brake assist motor, power steering hose, air filter unit, and 2 other engine repairs that details escape me now but each ran more than $200 in parts. Also, there is something in the engine manifold which cannot be fixed but is a "known issue" - there's a TSB on it - high-pitched squealing from manifold, Under warranty, about 5 breakdowns/year first three years. Always something new. I'm going back to Toyota or Honda. This is the worst build quality I could imagine.
Driver's seat comfort and lumbar support, good visibility, nice handling.
Everything mechanical needed overhaul. Great interior/exterior design, crummy quality and mechanical.
I owned an xlt 4X4 for 4 yrs and just turned it in on lease. It was my wife's car and it was the first car she has owned and like for over 2 years. We had it in shop a couple of times for minor issues, although it was making a weird transmission noise when we turned it in. Overall, very nice to drive and decent mpg considering it is a SUV. Definitely get the XLT version for a nicer interior design and stay away from 4 cylinder (it has no power). The v6 takes off and has lots of jump at any speed. We would highly recommend over other SUV in its class.
Small SUV, cool looks, aggressive drive compared to its competition.