hi guys i'm new to this forum and was hoping to get your insights.
i'm planning to get a ford escape among other choices because of its solid body, ford's reputation and wide network of dealers, and my preference for gas over diesel because of poor diesel quality in the country.
i'd also like to keep this car longer than its warranty and beyond, and i believe maintaining a gas vehicle would be easier/cheaper in the long run. judging by the number of escapes i see on the road i think it's pretty reliable. gas will not be an issue since i commute to work because there's no parking in makati! i also prefer cruising whenever i drive so i have a light right foot.
anyway, on to my concern: this will be my first car and don't know if i should buy top of the line - xlt 4x4. i'm not an offroader but i'd like to have that option. i am based in manila but go to the north quite often for some hiking/camping/biking and plan to use this for other long road trips i.e. ilocos, pagudpud. there's still plenty of dirt/unpaved roads in the north. what do you guys think? and would you know of anyone who has brought his/her escape to sagada?