I'm a bit flustered trying to find the best pattern for tire rotation on the Escape.
I rotate every other oil change and got spoiled with my 99 F150 4x4 which only had two sets of quiet running tires during 100+k, the first originals lasting 62K. I sold it with considerable and even tread at 105K.
I believe the Escape manual requests the same as 4x4 rear wheel, yet these are primarily FWD vehicles. With the exception of a hand-full of miles on off road rutted dusty trails,I know my 4x4 never engages from late spring and through the summer.
My tires got really noisy after last road trip, so I rotated as in diagram C. (Alignment is on, pressure always 33-35 psi,) They only got worse until next couple of oil changes I swapped them around to every configuration I could until they were quiet again. Honestly, I lost track as to which were where originally.
I do know the Escape wears the fronts much more quickly. My last round I used a micrometer and confirmed the most tread ended back up on the front.
I like a quiet ride. So tire wear fanatics, what works with these little beasts?
(image from tire rack)