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
2006 Ford Escape Hybrid - 4x4
Pros: Not sure.
Cons: Poor gas mileage and performance.
Advice: Don't buy an Escape Hybrid - just get a better quality compact SUV.I bought my 2006 Escape Hybrid 4WD in November of 2006 with high expectations, and have been very disappointed. After 5K miles of driving (combination of highway and city) the vehicle has gotten, at best, 26 - 27 MPG. In addition, I have had to install additional soundproofing to the vehicle to reduce the very excessive engine and road noise at higher speeds on the highway. While the general quality of the vehicle is OK, the Escape Hybrid has not performed as advertised. Tim in Colorado.
2005 Ford Escape - Hybrid (300A) FWD
Cons: seats a bit too firm
Advice: If you want plenty of room without guzzling gas, this is the right vehicle for you.My favorite part of this SUV is by far the gas mileage. My average mpg for driving 3000 miles from May through September was 35 mpg. The vehicle got a bit lower mileage when new (31.0 mpg over the first 3000 miles) and gets lower mpg in cold weather (30.7 over it's first winter). I find the driver's seat a little too firm, but still tolerable even for extended periods of driving (5 hours). Based on my experience over the last year and a half of ownership, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this vehicle. It has loads of room but gets the same or better mileage than most small sedans, plus it's emissions are much lower than standard vehicles.
2006 Ford Escape Hybrid - 4x4
Pros: Running on the electric motor in stop and go traffic/display in dash of hybrid activity
Cons: no auxiliary input to stereo system
Advice: Just drive oneI bought this 2006 4WD Escape Hybrid in April of 2006 as a business vehicle for myself. I drive a mixture of city and highway miles in the upper Midwest. I am averaging over 31 mpg in total since my purchase and have covered about 8000 miles. Everything is as advertised or better. Acceleration is more than adequate when needed and cruising is just fine on the interstate. The functionality of the SUV arrangement coupled with the economy and low emissions are hard to beat. I like the invovlement with the function of the vehicle that the optional in dash display gives me. I am looking forward to seeing how the performance is this winter in the snow and cold.
2006 Ford Escape Hybrid - FWD
Pros: The mileage computer which reminds me to pace my driving.
Cons: The air conditioner doesn't put out as much cooling on battery power.
Advice: Buy while you can get the $2600 tax credit.I love my Escape Hybrid. Over the years I have owned a Ford F-150, Ford Bronco V-8, Ford Bronco II, and a Chevy Tracker. As I moved to smaller vehicles, I got better gas mileage, but even the Tracker only achieved 25-27 mpg over the 5 years and 70,000 miles I put on it. My wife and I just got back to Duarte, CA from a 1000 mile trip to Reno, NV. We averaged 32.7 mpg on the trip north and 34.3 mpg for the overall trip. The driving was mostly on highways and going up and down hills. We even drove up to the East entrance to Mamouth which is over 9800 feet. I did not drive over 65 mph and carefully used my brakes to charge the batteries going down the hills. The Escape Hybrid is a fun vehicle to drive.
2005 Ford Escape - XLT 3.0L Automatic (400B) 4x4
Advice: shop aroundThis suv handled very well,lack of power on hills until you kick it.It is like you have a hole in the tank for the milage is really bad,the only car that gets just what the sticker says no matter how you drive.The brake are really noisy when backing up.transmission is so-so-.They could of added more storage space for the driver.All in all I love the car ,but I'm ready to trade.
2005 Ford Escape - XLT 2.3L Automatic (405A) 4x4
Pros: Passenger Car-Like Handling, appearance
Cons: Very Noisy & Harsh Continental Tires
Advice: Be prepared to buy new tires! The Original (Continental) Tires are terrible. Replace the tires and you will have a MUCH quieter and softer riding SUVVery enjoyable driving experience. Drives and handles like a passenger car. V6 very fast but just OK on Gas mileage (18 mixed city/highway Long Island area) and a bit noisy on hard acceleration. Leather interior very comfortable and looks sharp. Small SUV on the outside, but very roomy inside. The original Tires (Continental) are terrible; very harsh and noisy ride. After changing the tires, it was like driving a different vehicle; much softer and quieter ride, though still some wind noise on windy days at 65 mph. (I never knew how important tires are regarding the ride quality). No outside temperature or compass; I bought a new rear mirror on ebay.