CARS.COM — Ford’s compact SUV is getting an update for 2017, but we tested the 2016 model for this Car Seat Check. Buried Latch anchors and not enough rear legroom made installing car seats into the Ford Escape’s backseat a bit of a challenge. For this Car Seat Check, we tested an SE model with leather seats with cloth inserts.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
What We Like
- The two sets of Latch anchors are exposed, which makes them easy to find. The three tether anchors at the seatbacks’ base are also exposed and easy to connect to.
- The convertible in both forward- and rear-facing mode installed easily once we maneuvered past the seat belt buckle to access the Latch anchors. We had to move the front passenger seat forward one notch to fit the rear-facing car seat behind it, but our 5-foot-8 tester still had enough legroom.
What We Don’t
- Although the Latch anchors are exposed, they are crowded by seat belt buckles and can block access.
- We had no trouble accessing the Latch anchor with the convertible seat’s narrow, hooklike connectors. However, we had to move the front passenger seat forward significantly. Our tester’s knees were too close to the glove box.
- The high-back booster seat fit well because of its flat seat cushions, but the seat is narrow so we had to slide the booster over to access the buckle and then awkwardly slide it right against the buckle to install it. The seat belt buckles are on stable bases, however, making them easier for kids to use independently.