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Used 2008 Ford Escape XLT in Dulles, VA

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4.6 out of 5(83 reviews)

Great Car

Great Car! Seats 5 people comfortably and has plenty of room in the trunk.

- B Rye, 2008 Ford Escape

Love my Ford Escape

Great car! Love the newly designed body of the Ford Escape. The interior is very masculine and well designed. It has great cup holders and lots of nooks to place different types of devices. The storage console is unlike any that I've seen with lots of space and there are two charging stations. The car gets great gas mileage (about 22.5miles/gallon hwy) Which is helpful because I mainly use it for highway driving. It's not as quiet as I would like, but the ride is so smooth, I don't mind it very much. There is lots of leg room in the back and plenty of storage space in the back. You won't be dissapointed with this vehicle. Ford has done a great job.

- Frank, 2008 Ford Escape

2008 Escape - the real deal

Biggest beef - seats are HARD. I have the XLT with the "green" cloth & foam. VERY FIRM seats and not in a good way. 30 mins behind the wheel, you become all-too-aware of your lower back & the fact that there is a seat behind you. It is almost as if there is too much padding in the lumbar area. (There isn't any kind of adjustable lumbar support.) Short seat does not support legs effectively, too. Gas mileage, while good, is no where near EPA estimates if you drive the car with a purpose. And the purpose being making the car move. A feather-light touch on the gas pedal is required to achieve max MPG - and a feather-light touch means poor acceleration. You will find people riding your butt on even the slighest of inclines as the 4 cylinder attempts, but fails, to maintain speed. You will need to step on the gas to maintain speed & the cruise control will do the same, all at the detriment of your precious MPG. I needed an SUV with great hwy gas mileage so this is a trade off. It's a liveable situation, but it is something you will notice. I rated comfort is average because of the seats. Otherwise, the ride is actually very good and I was pleasantly surprised how smooth it rides, even over pot-hole heavy 295/95 in Richmond. The brakes, being drum in back, are alarmingly insufficient. The vehicle will reveal its weight when you brake. It took me some time to get used to how the SUV seems to "lunge" forward - almost as if it speeds up - while applying the brake. Then, all of the sudden I realized I needed to STOP soon so I'd have to apply the brake heavily to stop the Escape in time. Again, this was only because I was not expecting this heavy feel to the vehicle. (My other car is a 350Z) I wouldn't say this is a safety issue or a concern in that regard. Just something you need to get used to: brake early! Interior fit & finish is surprisingly very, very nice. Multi-tone & multi-texture finishes really stand out as above average. I've been in BMW's & MB's where I've sat back & wondered, "And this is top of the line because of... oh yeah, the price" because their fit & finish wasn't what I expected for luxury cars. Ford puts the imports & Chevy to shame with their interior on this vehicle. The new Chevys are improved & very nice - but Ford was ahead of the game here. (I am more of a "Chevy" guy - but hardly a die-hard. No brand loyalty here at all. I buy a vehicle on needs, desires, quality & price.) The sound system is sub-par. Replacing the radio will mean you lose the tailored, put-together look of stock. Unlikely aftermarket parts - which will be required - will be of similar quality. You will also lose the display functionality of the stock radio if you swap it out. I suggest you replace the speakers, though. It's EASY as pie & it's a DRAMATIC, NOTICEABLE improvement. Stock speakers play loudly, but are boomy, slow response & muddy. They output heavy - but SLOPPY - bass. I would call them unlistenable & even a non-audiophile will notice it. I replaced them with Infinity Kappas. While the limitations of the stock radio are still evident, they Infinity speakers are a welcome improvement. Interior noise is controlled - evident, but not overly intrusive. The BIG sunroof is awesome! Should auto-close with one push of the button. It doesn't - you have to hold the button & it's S-L-O-W. Misses: the seats, rear drum brakes, both windows should be auto up & auto down. (Driver's side is auto, but down only.) Window buttons are misplaced - your fingers "naturally" fall on the REAR window controls when resting on the door's armrest. You don't think this is an issue until the 30th time you lowered the passenger side window when you meant to lower the front. Wish the auto-trans lever was on the steering wheel or anywhere else but where it is. Controls are very tactile & feel solid. Disregard any review that calls them shoddy or laughable or "whimsical at best" (I have read these comments on various auto mag sites reviewing the Escape.) The controls work, feel & look good. Not one bit "less" than any BMW or Benz (or Toyota, Honda or Nissan) I've ever driven or rode in. The ice-blue lighting I thought would annoy me like crazy (I can't STAND that awful "aqua" looking lighting so prevalent on Mopar & GM products....) Ford is borderline "aqua" but it's more blue & real nice. Sharp, readable & unique. It grew on me. Paint - very nice indeed. I am really impressed with the finish. Orange peel is evident - as it is on all cars - but the shine is real nice. Folks are always commenting on the color & finish on my Escape. (The black is real nice!)

- MASH, 2008 Ford Escape

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