Always liked the overall look of the Escape/Tribute and the size is just right.
Sonic Blue was "it" but the others at the time were nice too.
Primarily interested in a 5speed manual vs the automatic. With Tribute/Escape that meant the 2.3L engine only but it has all the performance I need/want and am getting good mileage. The AWD system has really worked well in the rain and snow.
Higher up seating position with lots of glass to peer through.