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Pros: Heated windshield, heated seats.
Cons: Low power and high maintenance
Advice: Run away!This car drives great for an SUV (aside from a real lack of power). It is very comfortable, and quiet and not at all trucky. The problem is the quality. In less than 3 years I have had to have all of the following REPLACED: engine (I am not kidding - they had to replace the ENTIRE engine); transmission; brakes (twice); sunroof motor; power window motor (twice); fuel pump; axles (broken when engine replaced); door lock/opener (twice). There was also some strange electrical problem. And my AM radio doesn't work. The guy at Land Rover service is GREAT but I am seeing WAY too much of him! The car is also very underpowered.
Pros: Optional sound / nav system
Cons: No engine temp gauge
Advice: Don't expect to achieve EPA mileage numbersI ordered my FWD Escape Hybrid in mid-Oct 2004, and it came in on Dec 10. Not a bad wait (2 months). I love the engineering that makes changing between gas and electric power a cinch, but I was unable to option-up to what I would have liked: Unavailable were stability control, satellite radio, heated seats, driver memory, power passenger seat, rear climate/audio controls, and there are no lights on the vanity mirrors. Ford missed an opportunity to improve the cabin when they re-designed the Escape for 2005 - they placed the parking brake handle on the center consol, instead of making it a pedal on the floor. It takes up space that would be better used for storage or better cup holders. I've been getting 24-27 mpg in mostly stop and go local driving, which is disappointing compared with the 36 mpg city rating the EPA gave the Hybrid Escape. I love the high-end sound and nav system with 6 changer CD, and cruising parking lots as quiet as a golf cart.
Pros: The radio and the speaker system !
Cons: No ash tray and lighter !
Advice: Buy it it is a great vehicle !This Suv is a great truck. It has alot of room and is comfort when driving long distance. The gas mileage is great to ! We drove it up in Appleton when they had a ice storm and we never lost control and it stopped without slidding.Great Truck !
Cons: engine suicide
Advice: you're rolling the dice once the warranty runs outI loved this car until the engine threw a rod and self-destructed at 45000 miles. And this after religiously changing the oil every 3k miles. Also had several warranty repairs, which I can tolerate. But I buy new cars for reliability, not to leave me stranded on I-40 at night 200 miles from home and with a HUGE repair bill (replace engine). It's fun to drive and has nice features, but it's just not reliable. Ford Customer Service said it was my problem since the warranty had expired.
Pros: 3rd row seating standard
Cons: rear wheel drive
Advice: look at production dateyou don't see too many of these on the road and that's good for the buyer. A low price tag, great look's, and having something everyone else isn't driving is nice. I bought the LX model in Oct of 04. it drives great, a solid feel and the V6 gives power when needed. I have 4 kids so there is lots of room for them, thought the littlest ones dont have a great deal of leg room in the third row. there are some real nice standard features you'll be glad to have like 3 12 volt plugs for electronics the kids bring on long trips. Gas mileage isnt too bad at around 22 HWY. the interior is nice with wood grain and confortable seating. I can fit a twin size mattress in it w/ the seats down too. Wish there was a bit more room behind 3rd row with seats up though. Not thrilled about rear wheel drive, if you have the extra bucks, go for the EX model, especially in New England area.
Pros: overall ergonomics
Cons: Tires cupped after about 17K miles - Lexus not very helpful is resolving issue. From what I've read
Advice: Atfer-sales service is a bit hyped - caveat emptorGenerally OK. Suspension is a little on the soft side - so car tends to roll quite a bit in turns.
Pros: Four wheel drive lock up system
Cons: engine and raod noise
Advice: Buy one or twoI stumbeled upon Tucson by accident on Hundyai's web site after being so impressed with a rented Sonata I anticipated buying one. A Lexis it's not but very close in enough respects at a price of two for one that you would have to have a room temperture IQ and amnesia to not buy one! In comparison with my 2004 Tyota Avelon LS the only promanent down side is engine and raod noise, sound system and the eather isn't quite as soft and plush. My Tucson LX has many addded features and some same features that work better among them the heater, heated seats and rear window defroster. Tucson has automatic traction control, side air bags, double OHC 24 valve V6, heated mirrors. The FWD lock in system is instantaneous, positive, wounderfully perfect in Maine driving conditions. Do your own do dilligence and buy one you will be pleasantly pleased and very satisfied.