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2011 Ford Escape SUV XLT 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
My wife and I purchased our Second Ford Excape after our first one (2010) was involved in an accident that wrote it off, but it saved my families life, hence the second one which is a 2011.
We like the vehicle, and have the V6, which has more power than people expect.
It's kind of rough around the edges, loud road noise and engine, and drives kind of like my jeep YJ used to in many ways.
It's not as refined as I expected, but on the plus side, it's small and easy enough to park and manouver in traffic, build quality is superb, had original transmission issues which we're fixed under warranty, and the rear hatch doesnt open all the time (needs to see dealer).
Overall quite happy though.
Build Quality, very peppy V6, great size for parking, easy to drive. It's a good looking vehicle and quick and easy to keep clean, not alot of fancy exterior cosmetic obstacles to clean, nice smooth bodywork. Roomy enough for a family of 4, and the all wheel drive is amazing in the winter.
Should have got the 4 cylinder, as my wife and I put alot of Km's on it. But it's not hard on gas by any means. More driving refinement would be nice in terms of a quieter engine and road noise. Other than that, quite happy.
2011 Ford Escape SUV Limited 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
I love my Escape Limited 4cyl 4wd, I was hesitant about buying a 4cyl, but I'm happy with it. The power is ok, I knew it wasn't a power house going into the purchase. The gas mileage is decent especially being a 4wd. It handles well in snow. I've read many write about a vibration when idling, and mine has the same annoying vibration but it goes away when the vehicle is warm and it is only really an issue in cold weather for me. The only thing I wish I could change is the heated seats only have one setting. My old car had a high and low, and I was able to always have it on low and the one setting in the Escape does not allow me to do that because sometimes it becomes too hot.
2011 Ford Escape SUV XLT 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
I have the 2011 Escape XLT with the 3.0L, 6 cyl.
It says 4 WD.
6 speed AT. Purchased Dec 2010.
I love the "boxyness" and visibility.
I did not want a cushy car or AWD.
It rides hard but I do not mind.
I wanted a small 4 wheel drive vehicle.
I am concerned about the transmission and 4 wheel drive capability.
The transmission broke 2 days after purchasing the vehicle new.
Ford said it was a simple fix but took 10 days to fix.
It still whines and has a vibration.
Ford says that it is normal.
I wanted the 4 WD to go on the beach but I am worried.
This is replacing a 4WD 1 ton pick up so I am not use to the new vehicles.
Can I use the Escape on the beach?
Looks. Functional. Good visibility after removing rear head rest. Stiff ride.
The new style looks like the Equinox. Go back to the box look. Make a small durable 4 wheel drive.
2011 Ford Escape SUV XLT 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Purchased end of June 2011 brand new.
Has been in the shop 4 times for back window leaking, 2 times for struts and 4 times now because of stalling, and transmission problems.
Car just loses power, bumps hard and goes dead.
Was in the shop 12 days, Ford put a new throttle body on it gave it back on Friday afternoon.
Monday morning the same thing happen.
Rev's up, loses power, booms and goes dead.
This car is not safe to drive.
Going today and start LEMON law process.
Don't buy one.
2011 Ford Escape SUV XLS 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
We bought this because we like the design. Whether or not it is dated is subjective.
My wife can actually see out of it without blind spots.
Transmission "flashed" several times but it still clunks into drive when cold and has a dead spot around 2500rpm. Shifts can be irratic.
Rear window seals replaced to fix water leak.
Front end links (bushings) have been replaced 3x to solve clunking noises over bumps. Struts replaced twice to resolve combined front end soft/mushy handling.
Round 4 for the same early symptoms.
Sync is very problematic with many different phones.
Dealer now reporting this is all 'normal.'
Several aftermkt fixs for known issues above!
Fuel economy - averaging 10L/100 in city driving. Exactly as advertised. Hwy is disappointing at 9L/100 with a tail wind.
Put a refined motor in this thing! The exhaust note, even though intended through design, is the roughest sounding I have ever heard! At times sounds like a tractor! At cruise speed cabin is quiet. Idle and low speed sounds like exhaust is leaking. Power is fine around city and adequate for hwy. 2013 models have addressed design issues. Better fit/finish should (better) be implemented with new model. This design is poor in this regard also. Best description is 'crude' and almost 80's quality level. I wouldn't buy another based on this overall product / dealer experience.