My boyfriend and I went looking for a newer vehicle than what he had. We purchased a used Chevy Malibu about 2 years prior to buying the Ford. The Malibu at one time was a rental car so it had a lot of miles on it, but it was better than our old car with no heater :) After a while it started to go down hill pretty quickly, so we decided to look into trading it off. That's when we found the Ford Escape. I LOVE this car! It's never broken down, has always been very reliable and is so much fun to drive. We bought it had 70,000 miles on it and now it's somewhere around 126,000. The only real complaint I have is that it's pretty noisy on the highway, you have to turn the radio up quite a bit. Can get pretty annoying sometimes. But overall I love it. Would like to trade it off for the hybrid someday.