The car rides very well and it is great on gas. We purchased the 4 cylinder with the Eco Boost Engine. We recently took a long trip and averaged over 28 miles to the gallon. The interior is roomy and it has great driver side leg room which is important to someone who is 6'5' tall with long legs. After doing research, we found this model Escape has more front passenger leg room then the same year model Ford Edge which is slightly larger than the Ford Escape. The leg room is comparable to the much larger Ford Explorer. We are extremely happy with our purchase.
Lackluster acceleration, moderate-to-poor gas mileage, poor transmission, and a few too many rattles in the passenger compartment. My mileage average over the last year has at best hit 24mpg even though it is rated 24-28mpg. I've never - EVER - hit 28mpg even on a long term flat highway drive to DC and back to Nashville. have also had problems with transmission since nearly day-one. Initially started as a recall, but even after having that fixed the jerkiness of the ride is sometimes uncomfortable.
I absolutely love my Escape. I love the back-up camera. It is by far the best feature of the car. I recently drove to NYC, and I would never try to parallel park in a cramp space. Thanks to the back-up camera, It gives me the confidence to park almost anywhere.I also enjoy the fact that I have setellight radio and my phone is synced allowing for hands-free communication. My sales rep was Amazing. Thanks so much to our Sales Consultant Sean King, he made selecting the right car a breeze. He's the Best.