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Pros: The fold flat seats
Cons: The steering wheel cover
Advice: GET ONE!!We test drove several SUV before deciding on the Escape. I absolutely love it. This is the first time owning an SUV and can't imagine going back to anything else. I love the way the Escape handles, I have taken it on many long trips, got it 1-1/2 months ago and it has 5,000 miles on it. The only complaint that I can come up with is the steering wheel; the bumpy cover on it leaves small blisters on my fingers, nothing that a cover won't fix! Otherwise it is a very comfortable ride! I highly recommend one to anyone in the market for a good/cheap SUV!
Cons: Arm Rest to far away from driver passenger
Advice: Get the V10 unless you are just using it for light dutyHas good performance empty. Vehicle driven came with 5.4l V8. Very stable on the city roads and much larger then other SUVs on the road. Very roomy and comfortable.
Pros: Very peppy motor - car seems tight.
Cons: It stalls at normal speed which is a SIGNIFICANT SAFETY threat.
Advice: Don't buy until the stalling problem has been fixed.With only 700 miles on the vehicle it stalled while my wife was driving on a curvy road going about 30 mph. She almost wrecked into oncoming traffic when the power assist brakes and steering was lost. She was really shaken up. This is a SIGNIFICANT safety issue and there appears to be a lot of history on the Escapes with the stalling problem - reference TSB 15589. It is in the dealer now but if they can't fix it, they better be willing to keep it. I cannot risk my families life. According to the forums, Ford says it's not a problem. I think if it stalls and causes injury or death, even a bad lawyer could win against Ford.
Pros: engine power and handling
Cons: no full size spare tire
Advice: get the xlt over the xlsTight construction smooth driving and quiet more than ample power with V6
Pros: Car like handling and off road capability
Cons: Interior noise
Advice: Get the Escape with all the options you can afford!First SUV we have ever owned and we are very pleased overall with the Escape! Drives really well on highways and the V6 has plenty of pep. Although not a true 4x4, it handled challenging beach sand dunes with no effort at all! Only complaints are that it has a 'fuel' smell to it after parking it for a few minutes and after almost two years the transmission seems to be making a funny noise. Great vehicle to drive and has plenty of space for cargo and extra passengers.
Pros: Duratec V6 powerplant
Cons: Inability to install 7 pin trailer plug, No place to mount plug bracket with factory hitch installed.
Advice: Ignore any negative commentsTraded in Dodge B1500 short wheel base van with V6 engine. What a dog to drive...couldn't get out of it's own way. Tried an Xterra with V6, fell way below expectations of V6 powerplant. Finally test drove the Esacpe. First thing I learned was to lay off the gas pedal. This thing just wants to go and go. Picked up Friday evening and put 600 miles on it before Monday morning. My wife and I just like to drive it. Handles like a dream with lots of power to spare. I can't wait to try towing the pop-up camper.
Pros: the sound system
Cons: the performance
Advice: Don't buy an escapeWithin the first 3 months i owned the ford escape my transmission failed twice (which ford finally replaced). My sunroof leaked during a rain storm and the escape had a computer failure while i was driving it causing it to stop dead. I have spent more time driving rental cars then I have actually driven the escape.