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Great practical multi use vehicle
Pros: easy entry, comfortable seats, lots of storage for 'stuff', V-6 power.
Cons: I wish the mileage (17-23mpg) was a bit better.I use my 2004 Ford Escape for daily errands, occasional journeys to southern Calfornia from San Francisco, tow and launch my small sailboat every week in SF Bay... it has been trouble free, and ordinary maintenance has been reasonable.. just passed 2010 Smog requirement with great numbers. The seats are tall an comfortable, and the car is light and agile for city driving.. all in all a useful car for a wide range of needs.
Pros: Comfortable ergonomic interior.
Cons: Big blind spots when backing upIn just over a year this thing has 'been everywhere and done everything'! A daily driver that has also seen off-road use, towed a small trailer, hauled camping gear,and carried a canoe as well as the whole family on longer road trips. Can't find anything not to love. Sync system is a BIG plus. Ride is awesome for an SUV/truck. 20,000 miles and not so much as a hiccup! Average 24 mpg overall.
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.
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.
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.
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.