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post #31 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-06-2017, 04:56 PM
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I'm kinda' new around these parts, but I personally like it when there is a bit of spite and competition between brands. In the end, we win. One area Ford excels at compared to Jeep is economy. My current company car is a Ford Explorer (the best vehicle I have ever hated...but another story). It weighs almost 1k pounds more, has a larger V6, less transmission gears, and gets 5-6 more MPG. I love our KL, but what the H-E-double hockey sticks is the issue here?
It's the super charger... oh, sorry... ecoboost.

Those usually increase gas mileage from what I understand. (But what do I know lol)

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neither the Ford or the Jeep 4 cyls could handle the Rt 2 hill out of Cambridge toward 128 w/o downshifting. my 4cyl 2001 Escape in 5th gear had no trouble maintaining 70mph. also my 4cyl 2011 Forester had no trouble in the same test. I drove plenty of new Escapes (& other brands) before deciding on the KL. ultimately it came down to being home, resting, thinking about what car I really wanted to go back and sit in and drive. I shopped for about a year. the KL feels more substantial from the cockpit and that's what did it for me. there will always be trade offs and I think everyone's decision is personal. of course everyone here is gonna dis the Escape, cuz we all decided go Jeep this time. but if I didn't drive that 2001 into the ground, I'd still be beating the heck out of it. the new ones just don't cut it, in my opinion, especially not the 4cyl automatics
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It's the super charger... oh, sorry... ecoboost.
Mine is the 3.5L without turbo (no ecoboost).
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I owned a 2015 Ford Escape. The engine blew at 14,000 miles. Ford never got it fixed right after five times in the shop 60 days out of service. I had the wonderful experience of the Ford buyback program. Much sarcasm intended. At least I got rid of it. My 2016 Trailhawk is by far a better vehicle. I have to agree with those who would only consider a TH with the V6.
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My 2005 escape bought in 2008 with tow package and heavy duty 75 mm dia racks was decent enough as a trash able expendable dune buggy for taking to Haida Gwai and north beach one summer but it scrunched over every last one of 100 drainage trenches on the Cheam forest service road and over heated and boiled with low speed climbing. The techs at coastal Ford just rolled on the floor every time I brought it in and told me that None of the new Escapes and Explorers would stand up to that and that I should look at F150's. The front approach angles on both preclude taking them on any type of rougher gravel road much less off road. I would have left a bread crumb trail of plastic parts. The new escape would be ok for cruising around on city and highway in the snow and would work for the 35% back driveway but not much else.

The Cherokee reliability issues are roughly the same as the issues the Escape had in the first years of its revised product cycle. Just different.

10 years later the TH cherokee finally came out. Nice Interior better fuel economy/ cruising range. Low range with usable ratio. Certainly more power than the old 2005 Escape and far quieter and way more comfortable.

Probably won't take the Cherokee out on north beach at low tide though - no other vehicles to pull it out if I ever miscalculate.
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the KL feels more substantial from the cockpit and that's what did it for me
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Buying the Escape will come with the BLUEOVAL treatment, I have enough of that in My professional life, Don't need it in My personal life.

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