2006 Ford Escape Consumer Review: Great 4WD capabilities and fue

2006 Ford Escape - Consumer Review

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XLS 4dr SUV (2.3L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Great 4WD capabilities and fuel economy
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2006 Ford Escape XLS 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


This SUV drives great compared to every other one I've driven. Love the fuel economy and the engine has a lot of power for a small inline-4. Lots of interior room for large people (compared to other compact SUVs). Automatically engaged 4WD feels different, but has proven reliable. The only real issue I have is with the initial quality of the Escape. I've run into 3 different issues that needed to be addressed by the dealership, but they fixed them without charge. In retrospect, two of those were fairly subtle "personal annoyances". Overall I'm extremely satisfied.

Best Features

The amount of head-room and leg-room in both the front and rear seats. Being 6'4", I can fit in both the front and rear seats.

Worst Features

Personally I would prefer 4WD that wasn't automatic. Better initial build quality.
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