Affordable performance and room
By John Engelmann on
Vehicle2005 Ford Escape XLS Fwd 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
ReviewPerfect size for single person or
couple with two or less children. A
lot of space for the price. Handles
well and has sufficient power for the
smooth shifting 5 speed manual
transmission under the power of the 4
cyl engine. The 4 cyl engine in that
vast engine compartment puts everything
in easy accessible reach. All controls
are straight-forward and well-located.
Great fuel economy for a vehicle of
that size. This car was enough to get
me to reconsider my 14 years straight
of VW purchases.
Best FeaturesBlack plastic trim surrounding the base of vehicle...sharp looking in contrast to the yellow paint, and resists damage from rocks and the like. Spare located inside is far superior in Michigan winters, versus under the tail end.
Worst FeaturesReduction of road noise....squeaky clutch pedal seems to be common on these. Anti-lock brakes for ALL levels of models, esp. the two wheel drive in winter. Better tread tires should come standard...would vastly improve winter handling.
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