2005 Ford Escape Hybrid from North America

Summary:

The best choice for fuel economy in a long-distance vehicle where 4WD or AWD is required

Faults:

Water pump replaced at 100,000 miles, covered by extended warranty.

110V AC inverter produces RF noise at 740 on the AM radio, annoying only if you listen to a somewhat distant station broadcasting at 740. Unfortunately, that's me.

General Comments:

Remarkably problem-free and well designed, especially considering that I have one of the first Escape Hybrids ever built.

Factory Continental Eco tires have low rolling resistance to improve mileage and are long lasting, but they are hard and noisy. Replaced with traditional tires for a quieter, more comfortable ride at a loss of a little more than 1 mpg.

Comfortable on long drives, though definitely not as cushy as my former Toyota Highlander. The only thing I would change is to add a cushion on the driver's door arm rest.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 20th May, 2008

2005 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3L I4 from North America

Summary:

Great MPG and Reliability!

Faults:

It's been very reliable; however it came out of the dealership new with the headlights pointed way too low; and when I asked them to fix it under warranty they are still pointed too low. I should ask them to fix it again.

Really, it's good; but the wipers started to go after 2 years of driving; I guess that's about normal now; but wipers used to last longer. Minor, I know.

General Comments:

It isn't a really powerful driver; but I did buy it because it's an SUV that sits up high (we get snow here) and my wife likes SUV style. I liked that for an SUV type it gets great MPG! I get 29-36mpg typically. Once I got 40mpg.

I certainly wouldn't tow much with it; but at least we get the good MPG. I did want to support Ford's American build high tech effort, so we might lead the world again. No, I don't work for Ford or any; I just feel it's the patriotic thing to do if we build a good product, buy it.

The GPS system is nice, for it's day.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th April, 2008

20th Sep 2008, 23:00

Wiper blades should be replaced every season.

2005 Ford Escape V6 from North America

Summary:

Best Vehicle I Ever Owned

Faults:

I've never had a single problem with this car.

General Comments:

This is the most reliable car I've ever owned. It has a powerful 6-cylinder engine and a smooth ride. I've taken it on a number of long-distance trips, hundred of miles at a time, and its performance has always impressed me. Get the dealer's extended warranty package and if possible a service package. I got all of the recommended servicings done on time, and never came out of pocket for issues that cropped up. I would buy this car again and again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2007

2005 Ford Escape XLS 2.3L Duratec I-4 from North America

Summary:

Good value, simple, no frills, but with some annoying details

Faults:

Gas Pedal gets stuck at closed throttle position occasionally. Its not totally jammed, but does not depress at lighter inputs. Took into the dealer once, they oiled it. Problem came back about a week or so later.

-VERY annoying. I see it almost as a safety problem. I'm going again to the dealership soon to have them look deeper in to this.

Hand brake, loosens. Taken into dealer twice. Both times the brake went from going about 6 inches up to about 3. Then after use, it would slowly creep back up.

General Comments:

This is our family daily runner car. It was bought to replace a totalled 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse. I believe it was a dealer demo car left over from the previous model year and we got it for several thousands under MSRP. The This is almost the 'bare bones' version, excluding auto tranny, cruise control. The exterior is honestly not half bad, in IMHO, looks better than most of the compact SUVs out there, and is the best looking out of the Escape/Tribute/Mariner family. The cabin is not disappointing, however for plastic nuts, it may be too cheap. There is also some poor fits between the panels and the most glaring one is the uneven fit of the Ford logo in the steering wheel.

The oil changes are relatively easy to do personally, so we do all of this at home... This is a lot cheaper than the dealerships.

The engine is the 2.3 litre Duratec, the same one used in the Focus and Mazda 3. Its perfectly fine in the city, and for normal highway conditions, but lacks the torque, especially with the sloggy auto box to make smooth passings, and feels sluggish in mountain roads. (I drove it through the I-5 corridor in South Oregon/Northern California.) I personally don't enjoy the horrid noise it makes when reving at more than 4k. But it may not be a problem for others.

The steering feels decent, and actually quite responsive. Handling is OK for a SUV, but body roll and rattles/creaking is apparent when going through a turn a tad faster than 'sedate.' On a run from Portland, OR to Los Angeles County, the long distances proved that the seats were a bit stiff and more than one rear end was sore at each rest stop. Wind noise is noticeable and drowns out most radio at highway speeds. The automatic cabin lights are a nice touch, and the utility of this car is great.

The dealerships in our area are generally good about handling little things like the accelerator, and recalls. We also had good experiences with them and our 2000 Expedition.

We don't pay that much attention to gas mileage, so I don't have information on that...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 21st April, 2007

27th Jan 2009, 19:12

I have had my Escape for almost two years. I like it so far, except that the gas pedal gets stuck a little sometimes; no big deal. Love it so far.