2005 Ford Escape - XLT 3.0L Automatic (400B) 4x4
Cons: Cheap, flimsy feeling door handles and turn signal/wiper switches
Advice: The white corrosion on the engine is harmless, just ugly. Ford mechanic said the Escape is probably their most reliable vehicle.I love the look of XLT and the secret compartment in the trunk is a nice touch. Dash is pleasant to look at and stereo sounds great once you tweak the bass and treble controls. Due to the compartment, bass is plenty. I think the audiophile's subwoofer is overkill in the limited model. 200hp engine has surprisingly take off power that sadly tapers off as the rpms get higher. Could use a little more power and that's probably why the 2009 model is 240hp with I think a 6 speed auto. Fuel economy is typical of a V6 4x4 vehicle this size. For the regular person that needs some extra people room and plenty of cargo space, this is ideal over a gas guzzling Explorer or Tahoe. Being taller than cars is nice to see far, especially when stuck in traffic and trying to see what's causing it. Ride is a bit rough but these are truck tires. It's not a Crown Victoria after all. I agree with a previous entry that air flow through would have been nice. Rear vents are needed. Personally I like the gray textured bumper on black paint. It makes a good color scheme in my opinion. Only odd thing I noticed is the engine has white corrosion on it and I noticed this on other Escapes too. Ford mechanic says it doesn't hurt anything. As far as interior, it looks nice but the pastic does feel cheap in some areas, especially the door handles and turn signal & wiper switches. I feel like I can break them off easily if I pulled too hard. One nice touch compared to a Jeep is the Escape's spare is a donut tire underneath versus a full size on the rear hatch. That might seem to be a disadvantage until you talk to a Jeep owner that had her $500 spare tire stolen off the back. Handling on this is very nimble and easy to park. I had a Ranger and it was not nearly as good in this category. All in all a good small SUV with a nice look for those that want to actually enjoy their car versus save 20% in gas costs. And if gas is important, get the look and features with the 4 cylinder model, even the manual tranny if you like. But for smoothness I preferred the V6.
2006 Ford Escape - XLT 3.0L (310B) FWD
Pros: ease of folding down back seats, extra cup holders in back, quiet engine
Cons: no lights on vanity mirrors
Advice: great time to buy SUV--esp if you have a growing family and need one; great stock of used ones; skip hybrid for now--approx 22-26 mpg for 2006 and the hybrid only offers 30 mpg--for almost $10K more!Quiet engine; sleek look for an SUV; roomy inside without feeling like you're driving a tank; unexpected amenities for a 2006 model such as 6-CD changer, leather interior, moon roof, extra storage in cab. We love this vehicle, how it handles, and how functional it is.
2005 Ford Escape - XLT 3.0L Automatic (310A) FWD
Cons: Does not have the key pad entry
Advice: Ford does make good vehicles. We also have an Explorer with 191,000 miles.Purchased the vehicle new in 2005. To date I have 67,000 miles on the Escape with no repairs beyond regular maintenance. Since I drive a distance everyday to work I appreciate the average of 24 miles per gallon. I drive between 65 and 70mph which may help my gas mileage. To date I am very happy with my Escape.
2008 Ford Escape - XLS Manual 2.3L (100A) FWD
Pros: styling, power, room in cabin
Cons: seats, speedo
Advice: Really look it over to make sure its what you wantMy Escape overall is a good truck. It gets good gas millage bettween 22 and 25 with a 4 cylinder. plenty of leg room for taller drivers. The radio and A/C controls I like alot there large and easy to use while driving. Some of the things Ford could of done to improve the truck was put better seats in they are a little to firm. The quality is good except on the bumpers the back i'm afraid to stand on it afraid itll fall off, and the front facia grab the grill and shake it around the whole front flexes that cheap to me. My biggest complaint about the truck is the speedo its impossible to tell where exactly your 5's are (ie. 55,65) that could get you in trouble with the law. But Overall its a good truck.
2008 Ford Escape - Limited 3.0Signature L FWD
Cons: filling the gas tank
Advice: mileage isn't as good as I had hopedWe have two Ford Escapes - and there is something wrong with the gas tanks - when filling it up - it clicks off constantly - takes forever to fill the tank up - head rests are stuff - I took them all out - other wise I like the car. I get 15 miles per gallon around town. GC N.Y.
2005 Ford Escape - XLT 2.3L Automatic (405A) 4x4
Pros: Moon Roof! Works wonderfully! I really enjoy this feature, and I have only used my air-conditioning probably three times in the two years I've had this SUV!
Cons: As above, by far the only thing but HUGE thing - no choice/option for setting the power locks to autolock for security reasons, etc.! ! ! !
Advice: This is a high performance vehicle with great looks and great resale value!I love the look of the 2005. I have a 'Sonic Blue' XLT with leather, all-power windows/doors, 6-disc CD player(A must have!) and V6, etc. I just happened to get a moon roof with this Escape and I love it! I don't think I'll ever own another vehicle without one. The ride is very smooth and stable. Great turn radius. Aluminum rims with the bigger tires makes the look sleeker and sportier. Also, the spare tire is not a 'fake' temporary tire but an actual tire with an aluminum rim, the same as what's on the SUV. I was hoping on better gas mileage around town for this small SUV, but got about 17-18 MPH. A big ZERO, though and a most upseting omission on Ford Motor Co. part is pertaining to the power doors not having even the option for AUTOLOCK. I have always had autolocking vehicles before and as a single woman, have not had to think about locking my car once inside because I've always had vehicles that did that automatically. For whatever senseless reason, it was not put an option. I couldn't believe it. A 2005 vehicle NOT having a autolocking feature?!?! Even my daughter's Focus has it. Any car I know that has power locks now days, has autolocking! But not this Ford Escape. As with my daughter's 2003 Focus, I just assumed that in the manual there was a way to turn the autolocking feature on and off. But NOTHING. I called the dealer, they said it just wasn't on these Escapes. I even went as far as calling the Ford Motor Company, trying to understand their rationale(if any) behind NOT putting an autolocking feature on this vehicle even as an option to have on or off. They said that a lot of people have these disengaged, so they left it off. That's stupid. Why couldn't they have give ME the choice. After driving my otherwise beloved Escape for 2½ years now, I have YET to get in the habit of locking my doors after inside, 100% of the time, thus endangering my health. I'm about 75-80% now, remembering, but it would only take that one time to forget to become a victim. Shame on you Ford for not thinking of SECURITY by putting this feature on to either engage or disengage at MY CHOICE. That's the only think about this vehicle that totally, absolutely does NOT make sense to me! Otherwise, I am in love with my Escape!
2008 Ford Escape - Limited 3.0L (600A) 4x4
Pros: Keypad on the car door.
Cons: The headrest. It pushes your head forward and down. I need a back pillow to see straight ahead without neck strain.
Advice: It isn't the Explorer. Check Service Hours. Be sure that the Service Team will work with you and your schedule for drop off and pick-up of vehicle when being serviced.Until Ford Service has me owning the 2008 Escape that I bought 2 months ago, I cannot say it is better than average. Since my purchase, the rear brakes were recalled and replaced. Within 2 days of the replacement, the noise is back. The service tech rode with me and agrees it could be brakes or suspension. The engine - once so quiet you wouldn't know the car was on is now not so quiet and there are pings and a softer thumping. I miss the hand holds and internal trunk lock from the Explorer.