Rent before you buy. It is really noisy inside and it just gets worse over the years. Bluetooth would not work took car in to get repaired twice. We got the car back at closing and half the dashboard had no lights. After the second time the interior lights blinked like Christmas and they said "that was all they could do. The center column lights still out. We owned a 1998 Ford and after about 2-3 years you can't see the road because the headlights are corroded. Same with the 2009 Ford.
This escape has been great for everyday use! Bought new 9 years ago and has held up well from dogs. Comfy chairs.Nothing engine related has ever failed, the only two things that broke are the lift gate doesn't open anymore, we have to use the back window. The heating and cooling only has two working settings, full blast or hardly any. Other than that, nothing whatsoever! Plenty of space for 4-5. Ours has the sunroof and leather. Very easy to clean. Overall, a great car!
Have had this car since bought new in 2009. It's been great! We have an XLT AWD. Ours includes fog lights, sunroof, and leather seats. Ours also has running boards, and a roof rack. It's great for daily use! The second row had a fair amount of space, and the front has plenty. Some minor issues with the car are that the back door to the cargo area doesn't open, we have to either fold the 2nd row, or use the opening back window. But that's pretty much our only issue! The car is great, and is used daily!
I tend to keep my vehicle a long time so ease of maintenance is a factor. I think the 6 speed trans issues would be greater with the 3.0. I have had none with my vehicle with the 2.5. Look at the cost of changing spark plugs, it is a 3 hour job on the 3.0. You have to disassemble the entire top end of the motor to do this. The Ford engineers must have been on crack when they designed this motor. The 2.5 takes about 30 minutes and that includes getting your tools out of the garage. I love the size and ride and it has plenty of interior room. My only complaint on the interior is the cruise control buttons on the steering wheel. The buttons are small so you have to take your eyes off of the road to use them. The audio controls on the right side are just as small but for some reason the design is a little bit better. The sunroof is making noises when you open and close but the vehicle is 10 years old. The paint on the front end is starting to peel but the headlights are still crystal clear. That is a great accomplishment for South Texas. 95% of the cars down here have clouded headlights. I have about 115k on the vehicle now and I am very satisfied with the car overall.