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Pros: comfort and room for gear
Cons: the transmission going...I bought a new vehcile so I didn't have to be without the car this is the car we expected to drive for at least the next 25000 miles before repairs! Not 5000 miles!
Advice: hope & pray you don't have a problem I feel like I am the only one that did since I cannot find many more disatisfied peopleI bought this vehicle back in April. We feel in love with it. Took it on many road trips this summer including one from NY to ME. Very comfortable ride and our camping stuff fit great! Last weekend after returning from an overnight camping trip the car slipped into neutral. We had to stop the vehicle and turn it off. We turned it back on and it was fine but it wouldn't come out of 2nd gear after that. So we called road side service to have it put on a flat bed back to the dealership. I am very disappointed:-(. We were inconvienced since this is our only vehicle we had no way home or how were we going to get a rental if at all any. We did get a vehicle from the dealership the next day a ford Taurus but we go biking there is no way to put our bike hitch on this car. That is why we bought the escape! I should have been given an escape or something better I think. Especially since I have only made 4 payments on this thing! The dealership said it was a bad part in the transmission and they would fix it. They did that today and went on a test drive and it was great. 25 miles later the transmission stopped working again. I think I should be offered a new car. Ford said they would offer me a new car but haven't seen anything yet! I am a little upset with this vehicle. I am glad so many other people are satisfied with theirs and are having good luck! I wish I did!!!!! Because I really liked this car and still do!
Pros: fuel economy
Cons: arm distance to steering wheel.
Advice: buy it before the Fedl tax deduction expires so the hybrid expense will pay itself off in 2 yrs.After 9 full months of driving, I am averaging 32.4 mpg. I live in suburban NJ, where 50% of my miles are below 50 mph, and 30% are around 65 mph. My only complaint is the distance to the steering wheel. I am 5'8', and when i sit a comfortable distance back (face about 16' back from the steering wheel), my arms are almost completely stretched out when at the classic 10-2 position. I have a comfortable bend in them only when my hands are at the 8-4 position. Other than than, I am very happy with it, and have had no problems. Cold weather (below 40 degrees) and hot weather (above 90 degrees) will lower your gas economy because the battery is iess efficient in cold, and requires cooling in extreme heat. I would think californians would get the best mileage, which may explain why Ford did their trials there.
Pros: leather interior
Cons: passenger side front seat not powered and the sound system is horrible.
Advice: the specs state this vehicle is to fit a family of 5......not true....it's only comfortable for 4.Handles turns smoothly and climbs mountains with ease.
Pros: Too many
Cons: Console between the front seats
Advice: Expect it to feel closer to a truck than a car as an SUV should.My FEH is actually a 2006 and I just purchased it. So far, it is wonderful and lives up to its billing. Although you can hear the engine working on steep highway upgrades, the power is there and I've had no trouble getting up the grade. It also has plenty of power for getting onto the freeway and through traffic. My fuel efficiency is increasing, but there is definitely a break-in period. At 5'2' most vehicles don't fit me very well, this one is an exception; the seat is can move even closer than I need and it does not put me too close to the airbag. Plus, it has a sensor for my seat position and weight to regulate the force of the airbag. The back seats are roomy and comfortable, which seems unusual for a hybrid. The fuel economy is great for an SUV or truck, but not for a car so if you want look for the smaller hybrid cars.
Cons: interior & exterior styling and quality
Advice: Test drive other vehicles and you'll see the difference immediatelyIf you are searching for a well-made 4WD vehicle, you can do better for a little more money. I found the Escape interior cheap and the handling loose. The exhaust pipe just stuck out from the side of the car with no consideration for appearance. Who shifts on the column!?! My shopping list included 200hp+, sunroof, leather & 4wd. I purchased the Subaru Forester turbo. I love my Ford Mustang GT and F250, however the Escape is a cheap alternative to the Explorer.
Pros: fuel economy
Cons: headlights bumping
Advice: check for updates on the new fancy front-headlights.I am having problems with the headlights. They vibrate while driving. It gets you deeze at night just looking those lights bumping. No, it is not related to wheel balance or nothing. My nearby dealer told me that it is the second one they hear about and that Ford engeneers are working on it already, but have not solution yet.. Did I buy a future Lemon? time will tell.. if you know something about this, let me know. In the meantime, if you have one, test drive it at night on a no-so even pavment...
Pros: Leather Seats
Cons: Stereo System / Sound - It Could be Better
Advice: Test Drive both the 4 Cyl and the 6 Cyl. - You'll love the 6I just purchase an Escape XLT with the V6 and Leather Seat Package, It also has the 6 CD Changer. In the beginning I was concerned about outside noises and how comfortable this vehicle could be. It has lots of power, at least compared to the 4 Cyl 4x4 Escape. Fuel Economy is not that bad for a 6 Cyl. I put about 180 miles a day on this baby and it drives fine. It is really confortable and no noises. So Far, I am loving it... I also heard fuel economy should improve after break-in.