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Pros: Everything is with in reach from driver seat
Cons: Console in middle is to big
Advice: Buy it, it is a great vehicleThis vehicle is great. I have had no problems with it and would buy another one. The seats are a little narrow for my husband, but fit my 5'6 frame fine. The kids love the looks of it & I love the ability it carries with it. This is a great all around vehicle.
Cons: Only 16 gallon gas tiank
Advice: Buy XLT with V6 and 4WDI just turned 11,000 miles and must say I've been extremely inpressed. I have a very comfortable seating arrangement, it handles perfectly on the highway at speeds in excess of 80 mph for hours at a time, and has averaged 23mpg at such speeds. No trouble whatsoever. Build and finish are outstanding. Surprise winter snowstorm with 12 inches of snow handled with aplomb. Only complaint is 16 gal gas tank, need to stop every 300 miles. Handles like no other SUV I tried (but no heavy duty off road use here.)
Pros: the looks
Advice: get a good warrantyfront wheel bearings went bad in mine all ready
Pros: Comfort of interior.
Cons: Found nothing yet.
Advice: BUY IT. Its a great VehicleWhen we were looking for an SUV, this vehicle never came to mind. We were looking at the Mitsubishi. We started pricing the Montero Sport, when I saw an Escape in a dealership lot, I thought what the heck. We bought it that day. Cheaper than the Sport, yet we got many more features. I would suggest the XLT version. It has extremely good looks.
Pros: The whole car.
Cons: Seat Comfort
Advice: Get the V6 anything smaller is another bad car like the Honda or JeepLOVE THIS CAR...I can't say enough about drive it and compair you won't buy anything else...
Pros: Ride is quiet and smooth.
Cons: No full size spare tire.
Advice: Go with XLT package.The 2002 Ford Escape drives very precisely and responsively.Wind does not blow it around and contrary to some reports,the wind noise inside the vehicle is minimal. Also the gear shift lever is on the stearing wheel column and operates easily.The gear shift lever DOES NOT interfer with operation of the radio.Speaking of the radio,the Mach 6 system is awesome. Overall rating is 100%.No negatives.Buy one.
Pros: The outside appearance is cute
Advice: Do NOT buy this - check out the competition that SubaruDoesn't FORD stand for 'Fix Or Repair Daily'? I test drove a brand new Escape and upon parking the little guy at a convenience store in the spring, I returned to find the brakes had locked. It took me about 20 minutes to get going. It felt as though there were bricks wedged in behind all the tires so that I couldn't move (I checked, nothing was impeding the tires). Then when I did get the car moving it made noises and really didn't like moving until we got on the highway. Not what you'd expect from a vehicle with 30 miles logged on it. But probably what you'd expect from Ford. If you are offended at my Ford bashing or think the brake locking won't happen to you then consider the cheap looking interior - you can get a lot more from Subaru or Honda in this class. I'd run, not walk, away from this one. I bought a new Subaru Forester instead and once I got over the exterior body not being as cute as I'd like, I had no trouble enjoying the reliability, comfort, solid look and feel, roominess, price, gas mileage, safety, etc....