Replaced the original tires on the Ford Escape. Searching the internet it is obvious that they have a design issue but no one at Ford will acknowledge the problem. So I am writing what I know about it here in hopes it will be easy to find.
My experience is this, the Continental tires are NOISY, and wear unevenly. The Michelin tires seem to be the fix. Also important to rotate them with every oil change, does not help with the original Continentals though.
Our 2010 Escape has Michelin Cross Terrain tires on it, original from the factory and they have been good tires. Last week, Ford put new Michelin Latitudes on the 2008 Escape. They are soooooo quiet. What a difference. If you have the old Continental tires get rid of them and buy Michelin.