I bought the Escape a year and half ago and it's ran really well. Drove from central CA to Tuscon, Grand Canyon and then central CA to Vancouver, Canada. I find it to be very comfortable. I can get in and out my car easily. Just enough space for passengers. Back seats will go down for extra trunk space. Driving and turning is like a coupe. Really easy to get use to. Mine has Microsoft sync technology. I can connect an Ipod through USB or stream music through my cell phone on the Bluetooth. Also voice control to select music or control A/C heating. The only con I have on my escape is the estimated gas mileage. It says it's about 33mpg on the highway but I only get 26-27. This is my only reason I didn't give my review 5 stars.
Too much stuff on it that's hard to figure out. The radio system and phone system instructions aren't written for the average person. The car rides good. The battery and certain areas of the engine are very hard to access. Even the dipstick comes out crooked because of poor access. It gets ok gas mileage. The controls are hard to figure out and operate.
I downsized from a very large SUV to this Escape XLT. I am still getting used to it, but I enjoy driving it a lot. I got the V6 so there is plenty of power for merging onto the highway, I like that it has a more square SUV look rather than the car look of some of the crossovers. It's very roomy inside, so I can still fill up the cargo area with groceries or coolers for traveling. I do find the seats a bit harder than the larger SUV I had and there is a bit more noise in the cabin area from the engine, but those would by my only complaints so far. I love the sync function for hands-free talking on the phone. The power adjustable seats and blind spot mirrors make it a breeze to drive comfortably.