Replacement for 2001 Ford Escape

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#1

I am looking for recomendations to replace a 2001 Ford Escape manual transmission, 4 cylinder, 4 wheeldrive and must have a moon/sun roof. The 2009 manual ford escapes the sunroof is not an option.


#2

it’ll be hard to find a new SUV with manual transmission anywhere.
CX-7, Rav4, Escape/Mariner come to mind in replacing with a similarly sized SUV


#3

The escape has a manual transmission, but they will only factory install a sunroof on the uper end models that only come with an automatic. I like the feel of a real car using a clutch…


#4

The top-rated small SUVs (in terms of driving dynamics as well as reliability) are:
RAV-4/Forester–pretty much of a tie
CRV

After those, everything else is essentially an also-ran.


#5

Could you ask the salesman to have a moonroof put on after you buy the vehicle?
I had a Toyota salesman offer to have their guys install leather seats in a Rav4 if I didn’t want to spend the extra $6k on getting a Limited version with factory leather.


#6

I think that this comes down to personal taste as well as trust.

There is no way that I would allow an aftermarket shop to cut into the roof of a brand new vehicle to install a sun/moon roof. And, since improper installation of aftermarket seat covers will interfere with the functioning of the seat-mounted side air bags, there is no way that I would have this done to my car.

I guess I am just not that trusting of these aftermarket people and how their workmanship might impact on the car’s various warranties.


#7

RAV4 stopped producing manual transmissions after 2005.


#8

The 2009 Subaru Outback 2.5XT Limited has what you want: manual 5-speed and a power glass sunroof. It’s the only game in town. Unless you want a sedan. Then the Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT Limited fits the bill, too.