"I wouldn't recommend this vehicle I've had nothing but problems. Brake lines failed, catalytic converter failed, interior is peeling, failed wheel bearing, bad control arms, electronics don't work. I will never ever buy another Ford."
Pros: "fun to drive, great stereo, auto 4wd is a blessing"
Cons: "No mp3 player, bad spark plug defect."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"I've had this car brand new, and it has been very reliable except for the bad spark plugs that came with the SUV. Buyer beware on this, make sure that the original spark plugs have already been replaced BEFORE buying it used. Repair for the bad spark plugs will cost you the plugs, the coil and the PCM, plus labor. Search the internet for 2005 Ford Escape bad spark plugs, and you will find the truth. Be careful of the blind spots even with the big side mirrors. The automatic 4 wheel drive really has come in handy on slick roads. It's funny that the only marking is a 4WD symbol in the car to let you know it's a 4WD, unless you're looking under the car. My gas mileage at 124000 miles is about 14 mpg. Good thing gas prices have come down a bit."
Pros: "Fun to drive. Decent mileage for a hybrid SUV."
Cons: "Turning radius not as good as my old Explorer."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"This SUV was quite reliable in getting through some very bad snow storms, especially during my 20 mile commute in evening rush hour from Maryland to Northern Virginia. It performed exceptionally well on snow-covered back roads and hills - left other vehicles behind!(They were stuck in snow or sliding all over the road.)
One issue: when overnight temps dropped to teens or below and early mornings remained cold, the radio didn't work until the engine had warmed up a bit. This could take from about 5 to 15 minutes."
Pros: "great on gas. Very comfortable. Reliable vehicle."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This is one of the most reliable vehicles I have ever owned. I love it! No problems with it except I believe it was airbag harness had to be replaced. I'm not really mechanically inclined but this is the only repair in 11 years. Good investment."
"This has been a very trouble free car. I bought this car new and the only repair in nine years of ownership was the replacement of a battery vent accuator arm. The only complaint I have is a high level of road noise."
Pros: "Good mileage for a 4X suv. good visibility"
Cons: "No guts. Less than expected fuel mileage"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"All in all a pleasant small suv to drive, but really suffers in the pep department. I would gladly sacrifice a couple of mpg for more go. Maybe if they had used a real transmission instead of the cvt it would have helped. Real world mileage runs about 30mpg more or less."