Which car is better... a 2005 Ford Escape (non hybrid) or 2000 Ford Explorer?

I need to purchase one of these cars. Both are from reliable family and both have about 50,000 miles. The Escape (2005) is $12,000 and Explorer (2000) is $5000. I need to know which cars are more reliable, better on gas, etc. Overall, I think I would prefer the Escape, but wondering if it is worth the extra... show more I need to purchase one of these cars. Both are from reliable family and both have about 50,000 miles. The Escape (2005) is $12,000 and Explorer (2000) is $5000. I need to know which cars are more reliable, better on gas, etc.

Overall, I think I would prefer the Escape, but wondering if it is worth the extra $7000.

Thanks for the help!
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