Dear Bess -
My wife and I took a 5,500 mile road trip in our 2007 Ford Escape Hybrid in late October and November 2011. The vehicle had 79,000 miles on it and while I had not had any problems with it I was a little leery about taking it on a 19 day trip into the wilds of Montana, Utah and California. It performed beautifully - giving us 30 mpg and only 1 time did it need extra attention- new front windshield wipers (replacing the originals). I love this vehicle!