Re: Ford Escape questions?
Do yourself a favor, buy a Subaru Forrester instead. Almost the same price, but a much better vehicle in the same size range. I have an '03 Escape V-6 and I am indebted to the gas companies until I get rid of it. The gas mileage stinks for such a small vehicle. The Escape is just too darn heavy at 4260 lbs. to get good mileage. The Subaru Forrester is just as responsive with its 4 cylinder engine as the V-6 in the Escape and your looking at 26 to 27 mpg with the Forrester.
Also there is no "button" to press for the 4 wheel drive in the Escape. You do nothing. The vehicle senses when the front wheel(s) are slipping and then sends a signal to rear wheels for them to engage. It's the same thing as so called "All wheel drive" vehicles. That switch on the dash only works if your speed is under 18 mph, in reality you never have to use it. I know some who only have the front wheel drive Escape and they have no problems in snow, even deep snow.
I still say get a Subaru Forrester...