Almost everyone I know really likes their new Escapes (even my ex who is on her 4th Escape).
The only ‘gripe’ I have heard is that they are not using the same tires they had on the previous models. The one my ex now has more pedestrian all seasons that just don’t have the tread depth her last Escape had. It makes winter driving a bit more of a chore.
Other than that, the EB motor is much better than the V6 she had and she gets better fuel economy than she ever got with her other Escapes (including an ’09 4 cylinder XLT we had when we were together).