Well as many of you know the old doge ram 1500 neon died on my last week when the timing belt went out of it on the turnpike. Not a fun experience to say the least.
I bought a 2010 ford escape last night. I went with the 4 cylinder model. I was a little iffy on its ability to go up hills, but was surpised at how well it did. I took it up old 22 towards Cresson. If any of you are familiar you know it is a steep hill. I held a constant speed of 60 mph at 2500 rpm. I jumped on it and quickly went to 70 but had a 4000 rpm reading.
I averaged 26.5 mpg on the way to work today so its only 2.5 mpg off from the neon so that is good. Pretty excited to have this vehicle as I now have 4wd. Which was tested last night on some strip roads
The v6 modle was not as quite or smooth on the shift. I will be adding a few stickers, naturally, and a looking at towing packages for it to put a deer hauler on, or tow my dads 8 foot utility trailer for dry wall and such if need be.
Looks like it should fit the bill for my needs of a fuel efficient SUV, with a 5 star safety rating (for the kids) and 4wd.
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