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2005 Escape

Overall rating:  Product Rating: 4.0

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Great TALL Family Vehicle

Feb 21, 2009 - Updated Feb 25, 2009 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: TALL, reliable, stylish, easy-riding, economical little SUV.
Cons: It's not a little Land Rover.
The Bottom Line: Chances are you'll find a lot to like about a 2005 Ford Escape ... especially if you're a very TALL driver.

It's My All-time FavoriteYep, as wife of a very TALL man, I've tried a bunch of vehicles ... Jeep, Explorer, Tahoe, Ram, Silverado, even ragtops ... and this compact XLT SUV has given us THE maximum in interior space and visibility along ... read more

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an average SUV with an above-average price tag

Dec 1, 2007 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: styling, ride
Cons: interior quality, gas mileage
The Bottom Line: Good SUV that seems a bit over-priced for what you get.

The 2005 Ford Escape is a nice SUV. The problem is that these Escapes are beginning to look dated, and the revisions Ford made to them aren't enough to compete with the competition such as the Honda CR-V, Toyota Rav4, Kia Sportage, and so on. The styling ... read more

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Zippy 4 Cylinder ~ Don't Get (or keep) the Cloth Seats

Dec 27, 2006 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Handles nicely. Reasonable gas mileage with enough zip to get you on the highway safely.
Cons: Cloth seats stain instantly. Lack of easy to see exterior color choices.
The Bottom Line: It will be a good fit for some - maybe too small for some. Avoid the cloth seats!

I traded in my 2000 Ford Ranger V-6 manual transmission for a new 2005 Ford Escape 4 cylinder automatic. (Just so you have an idea of where I'm coming from.) My biggest concern was that the Escape would not be zippy enough, especially being an ... read more

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Serious Fuel Tank Problems 2005 Escape XLT BEWARE!!!

Jan 13, 2006 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 20 Recommended: No 

Pros: Great looking car. I like the way it drives.
Cons: Major fuel tank problems, Ford will not do anything to fix the problem. BEWARE!!!
The Bottom Line: Check the fuel tank situation BEFORE you buy the vehicle.Do not count on FORD's factory warranty

I bought a used 2005 Ford Escape XLT and it still has the full Ford factory warranty. After the purchase I noticed my 2005 Escape XLT has serious fuel tank problem. I can only fuel up my car 50cent at a time because the sensors in the gas tank will ... read more

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Pleasantly Surprised and Happy With Escape XLT, A Woman's Opinion

Sep 5, 2005 - Updated Apr 14, 2006 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Looks sharp, amazingly zippy, roomy, great stereo, sporty looks, comfortable seats, storage space, handles great
Cons: Costs 28.00-40.00 to fill up during July to September 2005
The Bottom Line: Best Buy for the money. Not too big and not to small. Sharp but practical. Look forward to driving it!

I am not as skilled as some people as it pertains to general auto knowledge, but I believe I have some important things to note when shopping for your next SUV if you are considering the Escape. As a single woman I always drove a Mustang GT. (Five of ... read more

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2005 Ford Escape Hybrid - WONDERFUL!!!

Jun 22, 2005 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Gas mileage, nimble driving, in-dash navigation system, storage
Cons: Blind spots, storage in center console, cheap cluster gauge
The Bottom Line: Absolutely buy this car if you want a combination of great gas mileage and SUV capability and size. This car is fantastic!

My first impression of this car was that it was so CUTE!!! When I told my husband this, he was not amused :) While on deployment, he ordered this car, sight unseen, from the Overseas Military Sales Corporation. He chose the Escape Hybrid because it ... read more

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Cheap Build

Apr 9, 2005 - Updated Apr 10, 2005 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 10 Recommended: No 

Pros: All this plastic for Over 17K!!
Cons: mentioned above
The Bottom Line: Don't buy it. The questionable transmission is reason enough to stay away.

I have a 2005 Escape XLS with a 4 cyl with about 2000 miles on it. I am not pleased with the over quality of this SUV. The entire dash is plastic, thin plastic. The shifter is made of plastic and the silver back is plastic and it's hollow. I tapped on ... read more

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2005 Ford Escape Hybrid

Feb 22, 2005 - Updated Apr 20, 2005 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Electric-only cruising (stealth mode)! Excellent SUV mileage. Good performance/acceleration. Unique vehicle (for now).
Cons: Price. No sunroof option. ICE has to run when on defrost due to A/C compressor.
The Bottom Line: Recommended based on 4-month/6,000 km driving experience to date. Excellent performance and mileage for an SUV; stealth (electric-only) mode is wonderful and meets/exceeds Ford's advertised performance.

We looked at the Civic & Prius hybrids prior to the Ford Escape Hybrid (FEH) arriving and decided to wait. Finally got the chance to place our order at the start of July 2004 at Coastal Ford in Vancouver, B.C. -- selected an AWD in Titanium Green with ... read more

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Great Little SUV

Jan 8, 2005 - Updated Oct 13, 2007 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Clean line styling, nice ride, big SUV feel in a nimble package.
Cons: Small gas tank, marginal gas mileage.
The Bottom Line: Test drive everything in this class that youll consider then go drive an Escape. I think youll wind up picking one just like I did.

I first drove the Ford Escape when my company gave me a 6-Cyl XLS Popular version in the Spring of 2003. When I changed jobs and handed back the keys, I swore that when I was looking for another vehicle I would consider the Escape. Funny how things ... read more

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Amazing How Little 30 Grand Will Get You Nowadays

Dec 7, 2004 - Updated Dec 9, 2004 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 20 Recommended: No 

Pros: Nice pep, 6 disc changer, looks good.
Cons: Bad highway driver, uncomfortable seats, illogical ergonomics.
The Bottom Line: As a city car for daily commuting, it might work. For anything else, it's overpriced and under-contented.

Ah, the joys of company cars. Currently in a 2004 Altima that I'm loving, the time is coming where I'll be able to pick a new car for work. The contenders? The aforementioned Altima S-Extra (this time a 2005), the Ford Five Hundred SE, the Ford Escape ... read more

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Versatile and fun to drive, I'll definitely be buying this one off lease!

Dec 6, 2004 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Fun to drive, great handling, roomy interior, tows well, excellent 4x4 system, remote-starter
Cons: Too much road noise, uncomfortable headrests, fuel economy could be better, color options on limited
The Bottom Line: I would lease this vehicle again in a heartbeat and definitely plan to buy it off lease. It is trouble-free, fun to drive, and offers outstanding value.

In 1994 I bought a new Explorer and loved it so much I hated to give it up. Even though it was almost 11 years old I still liked it at least as much as anything new plus it was paid for. Enter an awesome lease deal on a 2005 Escape, and it was finally ... read more

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2005 Ford Escape Limited

Dec 6, 2004 - Updated Oct 19, 2005 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Agile handling, smooth ride, great V6, easy entry/exit, lots of room, trip computer, sound system
Cons: Smallish fuel tank, no manual transmission option with the V6 (STILL), Limited's limited color selection
The Bottom Line: The Escape's combination of comfort, handling, utility, and substantial feel still make it the top choice in the small SUV category.

My 2002 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer's lease was going to be up soon, and my Ford dealer was after me to trade it in early. With gas prices soaring in June of 2004, I thought it would be a good time to look around at other SUVs and SUV-type vehicles. I ... read more

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Escape 2005 - Stronger, Sleeker and Quieter

Nov 8, 2004 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Quieter , Zippy , Better Looking.
Cons: Teeny gas tank. wacky stereo controls. Not for heavy offroad use.
The Bottom Line: Definitely worth a look for min-SUV seekers. probably not #1 in any single attribute , but a good all-round solid vehicle.

The Top Line I’ve been driving a 2001 Escape for the last couple of years – and I love it. Of course, there are a few things about the vehicle that can drive you crazy – more later. Last year I rented a 2003 model and noticed a lot ... read more

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2004 Good....2005 Bettter!

Mar 26, 2004 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Looks better than 2004, feels solid/safe, decent gas mileage.
Cons: Gauge cluster ugly, stereo controls confusing, ultra-cheap floor mats, scary fuel gauge.
The Bottom Line: We thought all SUVs were evil until we met the Escape, now we know that some SUVs are of a good useful size without having to be environmental nightmares.

We purchased our XLT Escape at Galpin Ford in Los Angeles through a friend at the dealer and got the car for $200 over dealer cost + 3.9% financing. We didn't have to do the wheeling and dealing either just said hi and he showed us the computer monitor ... read more

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Epinions Express Reviews
'05 Ford Escape XLT 4X4 V6
Jan 16, 2012 (Show)
Author's Product Rating: 20 Recommended: No 
Pros: Light and zippy

Great running engine
Cons: Horrible fuel economy

Premature rust-through
I've had my Escape for about 6 months and have a case of buyer's remorse. I was in a hurry when I bought it and didn't notice the rust perforation over the rear wheel well. Don't believe the supposed 22 MPG on the highway for the 3.0 V6 4x4 version - I ... read more
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2005 Ford Escape Sport
Nov 1, 2008 (Show)
Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 
Pros: V6 is peppy. Roomy interior. Great visibility!
Cons: Factory Tires, Contitrac are junk. I put BFGoodrich Long Trail Radials on mine last fall.
I was looking for a vehicle with ground clearence for northern Wisconsin winters. My Escape has it. Only Front wheel drive. Doesn't have a problem in the snow. Now have 76,000 miles on it. Runs and looks ... read more
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I love my Ford Escape !!
Feb 1, 2008 (Show)
Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 
Pros: The PERFECT SUV !!
Cons: NOT one at all :)
The Ford Escape is one of the MOST AWESOME SUV's I have ever owned and I wouldnt trade it for anything else. I find NO flaws and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT !! :) The steering is awesome, the SUV handles perfect. I love the room it has over all. Road trips and ... read more
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Another 2005 XLT Limited
May 22, 2006 (Show)
Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 
Pros: Nice car, comfortable, lots of room
Cons: Gas mileage lower than what is claimed
I think this is a good car overall. It handles well and has given me no trouble in the year I have had it. There is plenty of cargo room. The extra features like beeping when something is close behind you or the self-dimming rear view mirror really ... read more
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Nov 21, 2005 (Show)
Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 
Pros: Handling, appearance
Cons: Electronic fuel gauge doesn't read right
Traded my 2003 Explorer Sprt XLT 2WD for my 2005 Escape Limited 4x4. I've had it for 5 months now and put 13,000 miles including a 1500 mile trip from Virginia (where I bought it) to Texas (where I live). I LOVE the ride. It handles MUCH better than ... read more
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