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Love mine! It's great for my lifestyle. I can load up any sports gear, my dog, or make a run to Lowes and have plenty of room and it's still in great shape after 190K.
I bought mine as a new vehicle and still love it after 160K miles. I couldn't survive without the keypad entry. They hooked me with that feature!
Pros: Cargo area
Cons: Spins out like crazy on snow. Ride on bumpy roads
Advice: Be aware of poor milageI purchased this (actually a 2001, not 2002) car with the intention of selling it soon after for a smaller car (had to move and help a lot of friends move right after college). Well, I still have it because I really like it, with the exception of very jolting ride over uneven pavement and gas milage. Can hold a lot of stuff with seats folded down as well as tow a lighter trailer. Can only seat 4 people-I always seem to have some one in the trunk too! (I know, bad me.) I have taken it off-road a few times and it handles very well. Spins out on icy/snowy surfaces but can plow through up to a foot or two of snow like it wasn't there.
Pros: interior and exterior decor
Cons: v-6 engine, would like better with v-8
Advice: check for firestone tiresexcellent handling and ride comfort
Pros: Looks and Engine response
Cons: Head room and comfort like sitting in a recliner
Advice: Test drive if your tall like me it maybe right for youNice short turn radius Good pick-up.very comfortable seats greatCD player. Gas milage is still a question need the 3000 mile check-up to refine my miles per gallon Art turner Boca Raton FLA My second ford I have owned been driving for33years
Cons: Harsh ride.
Advice: Buy it for its valueIf you need 4 wheel drive and a v-6, in an SUV, this is you best value. I got my 2001 with 13k for unde r17k. This vehicle tows a 3000 pound boat with ease, has a great turning radius, breaking, looks, stereo and overall quality. One concern: it really registers bumps in the road; but this is a small wheel based SUV. For under 17k for a near new SUV, this is the way to go.
Pros: Comfort of driving - smooth
Advice: Buy it with extras and go to a dealer that will give you a good deal - use consumer reports online to find out the actual value of the car and go from there.Very nice drive - solid and extremely comfortable. The leather seats make a difference.