I drive a 2002 Ford Escape and I absolutely love it. I wish I had a hybrid or at least a newer model but this one was affordable. It's been in 2 accidents and has never been fixed but has never broken down on me. I couldn't afford to get it's oil changed for awhile and when I took it in it actually had no oil in it! I felt really bad but also amazed that my car was still running. It is such a reliable vehicle. It also looks great and gets pretty good gas mileage for an SUV. It takes only a little bit more than my partner's 08 Ford Focus to fill up the tank. It's big so I can drive it on all kinds of terrain but it's smaller than most SUVs so it's easier to drive. The only thing I don't like about my Escape is that it is two wheel drive. There are four wheel drive Escapes out there but mine is not one of them. Other than that, I really recommend the Ford Escape. It is durable, easy to drive, and can take harsh conditions.
Update On Dec 15, 2008: I just realized that my daughter left the interior light on in my car for 3 days! I panicked and tried to start my engine...It works just fine! I love my car.