I hear you guys like to give opinions, so here’s an open invitation!

My girlfriend’s mom needs a new car. Her 2003 Town and Country looks like it was used in the filming of Mad Max and sounds like an M4 Sherman at idle.

So, because I’m literally the only “car person” she knows, she’s entrusted me to find her a new car. I searched and gave her several options. She wants a CUV that seats 5 and has room for a dog or luggage in the back. She wants something with both good power and mpgees and it has to be white with a sunroof for the price of around $20k-ish.

I took this info and found her what I think is exactly what she’s looking for: a 2013 Ford Escape Titanium 4WD with the pano-roof, the 2.0L EcoBoost, and literally all the boxes ticked. The price comes out to $21,500 and the car has nearly 40,000 miles on the odo.

Is this a good deal? And is the Escape a solid car in general? Any major problems with the 2013 specifically? Should she consider something else before the Escape?