My brother has always been the most successful in the family-career wise. He worked in Singaporethe past 9 years and went back at home for good in 2006. Eversince he went back, he was hired by a major global financial institution as a Project Management Consultant - He was there for a year as a consultantand the time came when he was offered regular post by that same financial institution, this happened before last yearends around November 2007. One of the perks he had was a car subsidy from the company- a car of his choicefor which the company will initially shoulder the cost to purchase and 50% split of the cost to be paid by my brother on a fixed rate per month for a couple of years. He opted to get a SUV from Ford, the Ford Escape4x2 Automatic Transmission SUV. I am really not a car enthusiast but I would say it was rather a nice choice.We've had a family car for six years now which is a Mitsubishi Adventure model 2002-the same car that had tried the tests of time with numerous hits, bumps, and collisions when we (my brothers and I) were still trying our bestto learn how to drive. We owe Ishi - the car's a she, since it was purchased by my mom when she retired from workyears ago. Ishi is a stick-shift, manual transmission type, SUV. It's moot for me to compare Ishi with the new Ford Escapebut based from what I saw and experienced, here's what I have to say:
Number of passengers that can be seated - Ishi won
Leg room - Fordie won
Airconditioning - Ishi won (Fordie doesn't have dual aircon) it has all it's aircon blowers in front by the dashboard.
Dashboard - Fordie no contest
Fuel utilization - Ishi is still fuel efficient, I am not sure but based on my first time to handle a auto-transmission vehicle,it consumed a lot of fuel based from the short distance we had it for a test-drive from house to mall of asia, and then back.
Ergonomics - Fordie no contest
I just based my points on my observations among the two vehicles. I am really not a know-it-all type when it comes to vehicles but these are just based on observations.
I must also say that driving an automatic transmission type is so easy, but I would advise that it's better to learn drivingin Manual transmission (stick-gear) type of vehicles. I must also admit that I have a lot to learn with the Ford EscapeI was just able to test drive it once on a short distance only. It's hard for me to size up the vehicles by it's four corners - for which I already have experienced with the Mitsubishi Adventure. I must say that Ishi holds a special place in our heartsince we've had her for 6 years already for which Fordie still has a lot to prove in our family.