I have an '02 XLT w/14K miles (bought new), and I love it! Just got back
from Florida (I'm in SC) and got 25MPG @75-85MPH with enough luggage for 2
for a week. The ride was great, and it was plenty powerful to pass when
necessary. It's exactly what I was looking for- larger than the Mitsu
Outlander, but smaller than an Expedition or Explorer (though not by much on
the Explorer, especially the Explorer Sport). Try www.escape-central.com for
We bought it's cousin, the Tribute ('01) new here in
Orlando. Got the 6-cyl.. before you had to buy up to
the LX model the second year of production.
Only complaint is interior noise level - it's quite a
noisy vehicle - lots of air and tire rumble.
Otherwise, it's been mech. very sound. I wonder
if the Ford version is any quieter. Let me know!
Road noise is an issue with a lot of people on the Escape/Tribute. I test
drove both before buying, noise was the same, the Tribute had a slightly
smoother ride, but I liked the looks of the escape better. My other car is
a Mercury Tracer, so highway noise is nothing new to me, used to it I guess.
Mine's a 4x2, so in my case, you're correct. Some Escape 4x4 owners may take
I've heard that the Michelin's are a lot quieter than the Connies that come
OEM, but it's not worth $600-700 to me to make it run a little quieter on
the highway. Of course, that's just me- I'm sure lots of people have changed
out perfectly good tires for quieter ones.
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