2005 Ford Escape Consumer Review: 2005 XLT FWD V6

2005 Ford Escape - Consumer Review

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XLT 4dr SUV (2.3L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

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2005 XLT FWD V6
By mec1974 on


2005 Ford Escape XLT Fwd 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 4A)


I first saw the Escape in 2000 when they first came out and was amazed with how peppy they are. Bought a used '05 with 18K miles. The dealer had several 'Limited' editions on the lot with better options but I opted for one with the No Boundaries package with cloth. I like the more aggressive look of the roof rack and the black fender flares. It does drive somewhat like a truck, but I like that. You sit a little higher in traffic, which I like, and makes me feel safer. I did not want the AWD because my wife had an AWD SUV and the gas mileage was horrible. Plus, here in Texas 4x4 and AWD really are not necessary.

Best Features

Lots of standard options. 6 disc changer, strong A/C. Mine has two- tone cloth seats, very good looking and appear to be durable.

Worst Features

The door locks seem backwards. 'Locked' has the switch sticking out while 'open' has the switch flush with the door.
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