2005 Ford Escape Ratings

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Ford Escape 2005
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    2005 Ford Escape - Limited 3.0L Automatic (500B) FWD

    Pros: all the options

    Cons: needs to offer more options since its a limited, like dvd player and most of all auto door locks and auto lights off if left on

    Advice: well worth alot more with the options it comes with and more room than a car

    handles great,with sedan handling and comfort but with all wheel drive like a truck and can go mildly off road

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    2005 Ford Escape - XLT 3.0L Automatic (400B) 4x4

    Pros: the V6 and the mach stereo

    Cons: the fact that ford removed the 4WD lock mode.

    Advice: Buy this suv! it will go anywhere

    This is an awesome SUV. Perfect size and the V6 has lots of power and it has no problems towing 3000lbs. I got the leather and premium stereo as options and they are great. I've even taken this off road and it does pretty good in light duty offroading(no rock climbing or going over fallen trees). My only complaint is I don't like that ford got rid of the 4 wheel drive lock button like they had on the older models, it really makes a difference when going through deep snow or off road, i really hope they bring it back. I would have gotten the limited but i like the look of the XLT better.

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    2005 Ford Escape - XLT 3.0L Automatic Sport (330A) FWD

    Pros: Drive, look, roominess, indash 6 CD player

    Cons: Wish I had a moon roof!

    Advice: Get the V6 - it's worth it!

    This is a great SUV! It is smaller than several other SUV's on the market, but surprisingly has a lot of interior/cargo room. Most of the SUV's on the market are more luxury than sport, but this one(XLT Sport) is great for forging through the woods. Plenty of room for the dogs and the camping gear! Most of all this car is very fun to drive. It handles more like a car than an SUV and has a lot of power. Very zippy! I high recommend this SUV!

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    2005 Ford Escape - XLS 2.3L Automatic (220A) 4x4

    Pros: All Time 4X4

    Cons: None

    Advice: Rent it for the weekend and see for yourself. Me 'Buy It'

    I rented the Escape had for the weekend and fell in love with it. All areas of the test drive great and I could find no negatives.

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    2005 Ford Escape - XLT 3.0L Automatic Sport (330A) FWD

    Pros: The Stereo System.

    Cons: Coming From An Altima To This...The Gas Milage!

    Advice: This vehicle is an over all '10'--Buy it!!!

    The first thing I noticed about the Escape was how trendy looking it was! I got in and I fell in love. There was so much room! It rides tremendously well. 10 out of 10 stars is what I rate my Ford Escape!!

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    2005 Ford Escape - Hybrid (300A) FWD

    Pros: Handling & overall finish quality.

    Cons: seat comfort - prefer heated

    Advice: A great vehicle value - go for it!

    Very impressed with the overall design, quality of assembly and fit, and overall look. Works well for a large dog gated behind the second seats. Fits 5-6 large suit cases without stacking above the seat height. Good riding comfort and space (I am a large 6'6'). Overall, very pleased. Specific Items: Mileage to date (@2,200): 30 mpg. At fast highway speeds, with AC on, about 26 mpg. Interior trim quality is very good. Sound system is rated highly (especially by the teenager). Handling and braking is very impressive. Good road feel and manuvering. Good visability and large winshield viewing. Wish list: heated front seats. Strongly considered Toyota Highlander, Lexus SUV... FEH had better visabiilty and value/cost. Ford dealer experience and support has been exceptional.

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    2005 Ford Escape - Hybrid (300A) FWD

    Pros: Optional sound / nav system

    Cons: No engine temp gauge

    Advice: Don't expect to achieve EPA mileage numbers

    I 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.