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I'd Buy it Again
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By cekestner
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2005 Ford Escape Limited AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

My wife had an '02 Escape XLT but she wanted a Honda Element, so we traded in the Escape. When I got in the position of being able to purchase one myself, I bought this one. It's red all over with a black interior. (1st choice was Chromecoat Yellow, but stupid Ford killed THAT colour a couple years ago.) It doesn't seem to corner quite as quickly as the '02 did (maybe they softened up the ride?), but it rides a bit softer. It also doesn't seem to stop quite as quickly as the '02. Then again, it doesn't soil up the front wheels with LOTS of brake dust like the '02 did. I hate that they moved the spare under the car, because the in-car tire well gave added storage in the '02.


Best Features

The engine, for sure. AND the nimble handling. (Have to watch quick moves, though). I like the view out. I've always liked a big greenhouse and this car has one. The leather power seats offer the right amount of support and adjust upward nice and high.


Worst Features

For $30k, I expect stuff like push on/push off reading lights, courtesy lights in doors and footwells, power antenna, better positioned cup holders, better/bigger door pockets (including some in the REAR doors), more than ONE coat hook, and a tranny that goes into OD about 35 mph like my Taurus does.


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Definitely Recommend
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By Ritchie
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2005 Ford Escape Limited AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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This is our first SUV and therefore we researched and test drove all competitors. Amongst mid-size, above average SUVs, this is clearly the best. We drove almost 5,000 kms (March Break trip) in the third week of ownership and have nothing but great things to say about the comfort, handling and performance. Very responsive engine performance and steering and rides comfortably on semi-rough roads (don't have any reason to take it off-road). My wife and I are 5'9" and 5'7" respectively and there is ample leg, head and shoulder room. Love the moonroof, heated seats, upgraded stereo system. Really like the simple, classy exterior styling unlike some of the competition. Reasonable storage room in rear.


Best Features

Living in Canada, heated seats and heated mirrors are great. Interior styling is both comfortable and attractive. Quiet engine and super stereo makes for 'I don't mind long trips' feeling. Great handling makes it fun to drive. Dash gauges are clearly visible and provide useful information.


Worst Features

Serious problem: need to add small contoured mirrors to side mirrors to eliminate blind spots. Difficult access to heated seat on/off button. Should offer climate control A/C. Should have inside/outside temperature gauges. Not always sure when moonroof is closed. Fuel economy could be improved.


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Love escaping in my new Escape!
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By Rose
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2005 Ford Escape XLT AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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I absolutely love the incredibly roomy design with the great fuel economy I get with this car! Its big like an SUV and roomy in the front and back with lots of perks but still gets the great mileage of an economy car.


Best Features

My Escape is a 5 speed and she really has a lot of get up and go. I also love all of the interior room. Three adults can sit comfortably in the back.


Worst Features

I would only suggest putting cruise control in the 5 speed.


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My Escape
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By rljl
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2005 Ford Escape XLT AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

Fun to drive. Lives up to all its promises.


Best Features

AWD worked great this winter. I felt very confident driving in the snow.


Worst Features

Needs better gas mpg.


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Great lil SUV
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By purplewool
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2005 Ford Escape XLT Fwd 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 4A)


Review

I love my Escape. I get better milage than sticker promised. I love driving it. I am in it much of the day and find it comfortable.


Best Features

I have all the features I wanted and great mileage, too.


Worst Features

The fabric used for the seats is a magnet for lint and hair. Since I have long hair, and transport my dogs a lot, I am constantly brushing the seats.


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