2006 Ford Escape
There are 7 user reviews for the XLS FWD Manual trim shown below
- 28+MPG, Smooth Ride, Good Off Road, Good Stereo
- Interior materials feel cheap.
I bought my Escape as a compromise. I had a Honda Accord but my outdoor hobbies required the ground clearance of an SUV. I didn't purchase the 4wd simply to save the extra $100/month in payments and fuel economy. I hike in the mountain ranges of Colorado and my trips are frequently 300+ miles away and down bumpy mountain back roads. The FWD Escape does pretty good off road. Sure a 4wd would have been better but I don't have the $$$ right now. If you are backroading it and money is less of a concern, get the V6, Auto, 4WD. But if you are going it cheap the I4, manual, FWD will get you places you wouldn't think you could go ;-). I recently travelled up a creek road that was barely a path. Deep ruts, mud, water crossings, loose gravel and BIG rocks (hence the "rocky" mountains) didn't seem to bother the I4/manual/FWD Escape. It was only on a steep grade where the rear wheels got into a rut that I couldn't go further. A winch or chains would have got me through fine. So for those of you actually using the Escape for off road the I4/manual/FWD will get you buy....read morehide
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- Since I changed out the factory sparks plugs, oil filter, and oil, I have gotten more MPG.
The only other thing that I can think of is that it is top heavy. Other then that it is a very nice ride.
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- Good fuel economy, firm seats, great sound system
- Road noise is deafening! Overhead lights awkwardly positioned
Just bought the 5-speed XLS on March 31. Since then have put on 1800 mostly highway miles. Highway MPG is only 25, not the 29 touted, but better than most SUVs and maybe this is due to the engine not yet 'broken in'.
I'm 6 feet tall and find the ride is comfortable, but the road noise!
Impossible to talk on cell phone while driving faster than 50 MPH. Either the Ford factory tires are not absorbing road noise or the body lacks adequete sound insulation.
The transmission works fine and I've had no issues with the shifter.
Overhead dome lights are centered behind the driver, instead of in front of the mirror making it awkward to access while driving. Would be nice if Ford offered the leather option on the XLS.
Overall, I'm satisfied with my purchase, especially considering I got Ford's $3000 of incentives and I would recommend this SUV....read morehide
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I found the Suzuki to be a much better SUV, with a much better ride
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- Great fuel economy, Nice looks, and drives well
- Somtimes the shifter gets stuck between 1st and 2nd
Overall a great car, It still gets great gas mileage and very comfortable. Acceleration is quick and peppy, but once you fill the seats with people it changes drastically. I think they could have eliminated some of the trunk space and created more leg room for us taller drivers. Also XLS owners be warned, this cute-ute is horrible off road....read morehide
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- Tows well; gas mileage; fun driving; can see out of back seats well
- Cuts off sometimes in stopped traffic jams; Could use more power when cruising slowly
We bought the Escape solely to tow behind our 40 ft motorcoach. It trails beautifully and makes little to no difference in our fuel consumption. Weight is ideal for towing and it looks great behind our RV! It seats 5 comfortably so we often have friends riding with us when parked at the campgrounds. The Escape has better styling than some of the other SUV's being towed plus it rides higher than most making for better sightseeing trips, especially for back seat passengers. The name, Escape, is perfect for us Snowbirds too!...read morehide
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- good gas mileage. 1st trip I got almost 30mpg
- After 3 mos. transmission started with shifting problems between 1st and 2nd.
I like the ride of the 2006 Escape and the mileage i have been getting is pretty good. Good ammount of room inside. Ongoing transmission problems and lack of willingness of dealer to correct problem (4 visits in 3months) is the only downer
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