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Old 02-03-2013, 02:19 PM
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New ford escape

The other weekend I was driving my wife's CRV and hit a hog. So it's been in the shop for a week now. Our rental car has been a fully loaded turbo escape. Here is my take on it vs the new CRV.


The good:
-direct injection
-turbo
-seat comfort
-brakes
-has a hand e brake!
-no gas cap filling
-rear ac vents (fl folk notice)


The bad:
-dead pedal is TERRIBLE. I'm 5-11 and my left leg is cramped up. The dead pedal needs to be pushed in more. Much more. I drove it for 1hr last night and my knee was killing me.
-thing has a massive display. Every option. But no backup sensors or camera. And rearward visibility sucks. One should be standard. Dangerous.
-bit of throttle delay. Not sure if its turbo lag or pedal delay like vw's have.
-door panels feel kinda cheap.
-mileage is terrible. Not sure which ecoboost it has, but I checked the fluids and tire pressure. Reset it. Avg 25-26. I always average 29-32 in the crv.
-dash is hi tech but its a bit overwhelming. And I'm a tech geek. It needs more intuitive layout for starters. It's got to scare older folks.


Ford did some cool stuff with the escape but they need to tweak some stuff. A for effort. But I'm happier with the new crv. Don't get me wrong, I could make a pro/con list for the CRV also, but like I said overall the new CRV hits the sweet spots better and my leg/knee are not cramped. And let's face it.... with $3.50/gas, this is not a performance car... 185HP is about the going rate for this class. It's a mom mobile, kids, traffic, stores.... Our CRV has plenty of power. MPG's is very important. You're talking a solid 5 - 6 MPG drop going from the CRV to the Escape in realworld conditions.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:06 PM
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I wouldn't touch a new Escape for a while. Lots of recalls and stuff.
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:32 PM
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I didn't even check. what kind of recalls? I know my father inlaw said to park it outside of the garage b/c they have a recall about fire. Not sure if he was joking or not. But I am parking it outside. That's all I need, the rental car to burn the house down. All starts with the domino affect... LOL.
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