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post #1 of 14 Old 10-23-2013, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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escape vs 4runner

I'm looking into either getting a Ford escape or a Toyota 4 runner.

Anyone have either vehicle? Good, bad, ugly?

I know the escape gets slightly better gas mileage, but I've always had Toyotas.
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We've had both.

The Escape we have now has 175K miles and the 4 Runner had over 225K.

They are different sizes for sure.

My hubby said if he were to have a choice of the two, he'd get another Escape as it is a Ford (which we are partial to) and it is a comfortable ride without being overly luxurious.

IMO, so many cars are alike nowadays. I base what I buy on the dealer and service reputation they have.
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Yeah I know the Toyota is larger, but it doesnt bother me as long as it fits in the garage :)

Thanks for the info. I really just need 4wd badly, but I like both vehicles.
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Any other insights?

Pretty much right new I'm looking at a 2004 4runner with about 90k miles or a 2008 escape with 107k miles.
The 4 runner is $2k cheaper.

Other than that they both have leather seats, and similar interior.
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I used to sell cars. I also used to work for a rental car company.

Having driven both the Escape and the 4Runner, I would go with the 4Runner, hands down. The Escape (especially the mid-2000s) tend to have a lot of road noise, a rough ride and just feel cheap. We also had a lot of problems with them at the rental car company. They needed little things fixed a lot. We had many people specifically ask NOT to get an Escape when renting a small SUV. The 4Runner also has a much better track record of lasting longer than the Escapes do.
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post #6 of 14 Old 10-24-2013, 10:01 PM
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For the 4WD, go with the 4 Runner.

We are formerly from Wisconsin. If you are near the SE part of the state, Martin Ford in Union Grove is a really good dealer.
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I found one from a private seller who is asking less than the blue book value and says it's in very good condition.I'm going to see it this weekend. Gonna need to get a loan !
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Thanks for the advice its greatly appreciated! !
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I found one from a private seller who is asking less than the blue book value and says it's in very good condition.I'm going to see it this weekend. Gonna need to get a loan !
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I'd recommend: CARFAX® - Official Site - Vehicle History Reports on Used Cars for Sale

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Thanks, I'm also going to have my friend look it over If I like it.he does all the work in my current car so I trust his opinion.
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