Originally Posted by Sonic04Edge
Go for the escape. It's had very few problems. Not to mention the basic design of the 2.3 has been around a few decades.
No its the new Mazda designed Duratec 2.3 that came has come in our trucks on 2001. Great engine, better fuel economy and more power than the old Lima 2.3.
I'd certainly take the Escape over the Jeeps (unless a Liberty with a diesel), but if you decide to look beyond those models, I'd probably get a Rav4 or a Subaru Forester if I had the cash, or a Suzuki Vitara (has a solid frame).