We bought our Escape new in March of 2010. The first week we had it we had two back to back severe snow storms. I was impressed with its handling in the deep snow even though it’s a 2wd 4cyl. I’ve only encountered one hill I’ have difficulty getting up. Although being small the cargo capacity is quite large. We’ve loaded it up pretty good for vacations and have even carried a fairly good size dresser in it. The only thing I would have included in it’s design would be tie down ringscleats in the cargo area.All and all it’s been a great vehicle even after the deer ran into one of the back doors on the way home Christmas day..