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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!
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.
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
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....
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.
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.
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!