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2005 Ford Escape Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: 2005 Ford Escape XLT V6 AWD by 11B-33T

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Introduction

I reviewed & shopped Mazda/Toyota/Ford/Jeep/Subaru with a criteria list that had to be met:

  • 2005 to 2010 models
  • Under $8000
  • SUV with AWD or 4x4
  • V6 engine
  • Automatic transmission
  • NO salvage/accidents
  • No salt/rust belt transplants
Found 2005 Ford Escape XLT V6 AWD in very good mechanical & body shape for a resonable price and did the deal in under two hours. First Ford I've ever owned and am liking this older Escape more as I spend time driving it.

Reviewed: 2005 Ford Escape

4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic AWD

2005 Ford Escape Love Letter

The boxier exterior is more my style than the newer 2010+ models that are beginning to look like they were designed for roads in Europe. The ground clearance is not too extreme nor too timid so I have no qualms taking this over curbs and down trails.




Conclusion

Interior is roomy and simply laid out with all gauges & controls w/in easy visual scan and reach. Front seats are firm yet comfortable for the hour long trips I made on the highways. Rear seats have good leg & headroom w/out blocking driver's rearward & side vision; the rear seats fold down easily to provide a generous amount of space in the cargo area. No side air curtains/rollover protection on this truck. :(

V6 engine is always a plus for me but the 4-spd auto transmission could be better but shifting gears is not overly harsh. Current average MPG for combined city/hwy driving is 19/22 but I do get on the skinny pedal! It'll take awhile for the PCM to learn my driving habits and adjust so YMMV.

The automatic AWD has yet to be tested but I do realize it's not a true 4x4 vehicle so I'll try to keep it real when taking the unpaved paths.

Will update this review in time as DD experience increases as well as the maintanence & repair log builds.

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