They keep getting better
My fifth Escape and the best yet. I have the Platinum model and enjoy the many features that have been added. Wish they still are a hard owners manual.
No better value for a new car
This is the second Escape I've leased in the past 3 years. For me it couldn't be more perfect. I get 34mpg+, there is plenty of loadspace and it has plenty of power. The all wheel drive feature is a blessing in bad weather and handles snow as well as the full time 4wd vehicles I've owned. My only complaint is the complicated dashboard. It causes driver distraction trying to adjust anything. Bigger buttons and lettering is a much needed improvement. The design shows FORD's former relationship with VOLVO. (I had considered a VOLVO also) Some of my friends have said they like my new VOLVO. In fact I have seen a few that can't be told apart (a problem when I forget where I parked!). The dealer (Riverhead FORD) is the best.
Escape 2023 ST Line Select AWD
This is my first "smart car", so I'm still getting used to the new screen and all the synchronous features. The big screen is a nice size. I love the new exterior styling and the color(carbonized gray). The interior is very comfortable per the seating and the power seat works good. I like the automatic dimming of the headlights. The overhead sunglasses storage is great. There is lots of room for the rear passengers plus charging ports and a 12v socket. Locking and unlocking can be done by touch on the front door handles if you keep the fob within 3' of the door. Rear hatch door works the same way. As for driving the acceleration and the transmission is very smooth and quiet. Also the suspension handles bumps well. There is a blind spot warning and lane keeping feature which can be turn on/off from the steering wheel. Adaptive speed control has to be tried yet. I have 2 front heated seats for wintertime and a heated steering wheel. Your smartphone automatically is activated once initial login is done. There is a spot for your phone on the console with charging ports + 12v socket. In reverse there is a cross traffic alert that works good and evasive steering assist which I don't yet know how or what it does. I might be writing too much here so I'll just say I like the Escape very much.
Great car with a few faults
I bought this car to upgrade the features of my 2022 Escape. The 2023, with the tech and the LARGE center screen is a great car. The wireless CarPlay is really nice and very convenient. It is very comfortable and the power seat adjusts to just right for whoever is driving. The standard sound system is perfectly fine for anyone not a music snob. But, you knew there had to be one, a few complaints. The MyView shows what it chooses in spite of what you select from the menu. To see your choices you have to select one each time. The front power windows are not auto up/down. Come on. Rear headrest adjustment is not easy without the aid of a third hand. You can't choose a default display for the center screen. You get Ford's default and then you can switch to whichever you want. And most annoyingly, the stupid seat belt nanny screen that requires pushing the OK button every time or waiting 60 seconds for it to go away.