We bought our 2008 5.0 used in 2013 and drove all the way from NM to Chilliwack to pick it up. Had never seen one until the side of the road 'advertizement' Escapes that you pictured on the way to the factory. No regrets.
Fran & Dave
2008 Escape 5.0
2011 Frontier Crew Cab Short Bed Pro4x
Sandia Park, New Mexico