I have driven a Dodge Neon for the past 7 years. While I loved my little car my sons did not love the backseat. They are both tall and there just wasn't enough leg room. I finally talked my husband into buying a bigger vehicle. He pretty much left it up to me with one stipulation, it had to be a Ford.
I had no problem with this, I have driven many Fords and have never had a major problem with any of them. So I got on the internet and started checking out different vehicles and quickly decided on the 2008 Escape. I then decided on the features I wanted and checked local dealers. I found the one I wanted and went to purchase it.
This is a very nice little SUV. It has been remodeled for this year. The exterior received a bolder grill, higher hood and new headlights making it quite a nice looking vehicle. The interior also received a makeover. the new Escape is the first vehicle to use recycled materials in its upholstery. It has a new multifunction display on the dash and cool blue lighting.
This vehicle is so quiet running that when it is sitting still you can not hear the engine at all. It has an acoustic laminate within the windshield and thicker carpeting to help cut down on noise.
I purchased the XLS model but it also comes in a XLT, and a Limited edition. The XLT is powered by a 2.3-liter inline-4 cylinder. If you want a V6 you would have to uprgrade to the XLT or Limited. I find that the 4 cylinder is fine for my needs.
Standard equipment on the XLS includes air-conditioning, keyless entry, power accessories, CD player and an auxillary input jack for an Mp3 player. It has antilock brakes, a tire pressure monitor, traction control, stability control, front seat side airbags, and full length head curtain airbags with a rollover sensor.
The Escape has 29 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat. When the rear seats are folded down there is 66 cubic feet of cargo space. The seats are a little hard to fold down. The headrests have to be removed and the bottom cushion tipped forward, then you fold the backs down.
It took me a little while to get used to driving my Escape after driving a little car for so long. But now I love it. It handles really well even on the winding, hilly roads where I live.
The only slight negative is the gas mileage, although I have been getting higher than the average stated mileage for this vehicle. It is supposed to get 20-22 mpg in city driving and 24-26 on the highway. I have been averaging 24 mpg in the city and about 27 on the highway.
I have been very happy with my Escape so far and would recommend anyone looking to purchase a SUV to check one out.