CARS.COM — For the 2017 model year, Ford restyled its Escape, with updates to both the compact SUV’s exterior and interior. Those tweaks helped the 2017 Escape earn A grades in all categories; the 2016 Escape received B grades in its Car Seat Check. We tested a 2017 Escape SE trim with a cloth interior.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
What We Like
- The two sets of lower Latch anchors in the outboard seats are exposed and easy to find. Three tether anchors sit near the base of the seatbacks. There are upholstery-covered flaps that would normally cover the tether anchors, but cutouts in the flaps keep the anchors in sight.
- The rear-facing infant seat installed easily. We moved the front passenger seat forward slightly — one click forward — to give it a little more room. Because this adjustment didn’t impact the 5-foot-8 tester’s legroom, the Escape earned an A.
- In forward- and rear-facing modes, the convertible car seat installed easily and fit well. The rear seatbacks recline and the head restraints are removable, both of which aid car-seat installation.
- Our high-back booster seat fit well. The seat belt buckles are on stable bases and sit high enough that they should be easy for kids to use independently.
What We Don’t