Just got the wife a brand new 2013 Ford Escape SEL. Thing is a beast. Fantastic MPG. She's stop and go to work each day and she is getting around 24-25MPG. She probably travels 20+ miles round trip work and back each day and her tank is barely half empty when she fills up on the weekend. Great interior, options, the ecoboost engine really is worth it, and it's Ford. I wanted American made at the end of the day and Ford has really stepped up their game and they didn't take our taxpayer dollars. I'd highly recommend the new Escapes or Edge.
We compared it to the GMC Acadia, Ford Edge (What I want next), Honda Pilot and CRV (Really didn't care for the Hondas).