Ford Escape Ratings
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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.
2005 Ford Escape - XLS 2.3L Manual (100A) FWD
Pros: It has great 'get-up-and-go' power around town.
Cons: The price
Advice: Don't buy FordI liked it. Leather interior, pretty comfortable. Test drove in April, so there was no need to test the A/C
2007 Ford Escape - Limited 3.0Signature L FWD
Pros: Limited package wish it came with a sunroof....
Cons: I love it all
Advice: BUY IT!!!!!!!!!Never owned an SUV until this one! I love it!!!! I traded in a Lincoln LS (GAS HOG) for this SUV... I have never been happier with a vechicle....
2008 Ford Escape - XLT 3.0L (310A) FWD
Pros: The satelite radio is my favorite feature.
Cons: I miss the handle bar that you pull yourself up into the suv.
Advice: I would shop around for the best price.I bought the new 2008 Ford Escape three months ago. The suv handles smoothly. The noise level inside the suv is quite. This is an improvment from the 2004 Ford Escape that I previously own.
2007 Ford Escape - XLS 2.3L (120A) FWD
Pros: Fold down 2nd row seating gives very nice payload capacity.
Cons: Center console needs redesigning.
Advice: Buy the 2007, the 2008 is just plain hidious looking.Imagine Focus performance in an SUV. Agile, efficent and dependable. My 2007 (2.3L/auto/fwd) got 28/35 measured on our trip to Disneyland, and no problems with a fully loaded vehicle getting up steep mountai inclines or fast L.A. traffic freeway merges.
2007 Ford Escape - XLT Sport 3.0L (330A) FWD
Pros: 16' tires
Cons: nothing actually
Advice: Buy now!It handles great and turns on a dime. It's one of the best small SUV's out there. Ford built a winner in the Escape!
2006 Ford Escape - XLS 2.3L (120A) FWD
Pros: Lots of room
Cons: Haven't found anything yet
Advice: We love it.We were looking for an economy vehicle and have a new baby. Therefore, we opted for the 4cyl 5speed for the 24 to 28 mpg rating. It has decent power and even the base XLS came with power windows, Automatic door locks and security system, CD player, etc, etc. It drives very nice, a tad stiffer than a car, but no where near my truck. Handles great, and feels 'zippy'. It is easy to get around in and holds a bunch of stuff. All the baby gear, and you can still shop without fear of having to stuff things in.