The road and engine noise is loud. It is a six speed and should only be 5....it bogs down going into 3rd gear....makes you wonder if it will get up to speed.
2005 Ford Escape Limited
Wayne C - Los Angeles, CA09/22/2010
The Gold Ford Escape Limited pictured here is exactly like the one that I purchased last year, except mine doesn't have the parking sensors which I wish it did.
I love this little SUV! I have put over 18,000 mi on it since buying it a year ago. It is fun to drive, runs and handles well. It is only a little noisey at highway speeds but that doesn't bother me a bit. The engine is responsive and runs at low rpms at highway speeds. I'm getting about 18.5mpg overall, but I do live in L.A. and traffic is always heavy. On a straight highway run, I get about 21-22mpg. Might not sound great, but much better than the '95 Buick Le Sabre I had before the Escape.
The A/C is great. Even on the hottest So Cal days, I'm comfortable and cool. The dashboard is laid out well, but I do wish that the radio controls were on the steering wheel like the later model Escapes. A couple of little things bother me. The dashboard light intensity control is placed too low as is the remote mirrors control. You have to lean forward to adjust the mirrors which take you out of the driving position. I think that this was rectified in the newer models of Escape.
I highly recommend this vehicle.
Really small for family
Ginger Hails - Birmingham, AL01/16/2016
If my friend was single I would recommend, but for a family, it's WAY too small and cramped.
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