Small SUV With Big Features
April 13, 2019
This is my second Ford Escape. I liked the first enough to buy another. The first was a 2010 XLT, this one is a Titanium trim. The 2.0 Turbocharged engine is peppy enough and responsive, and the transmission performs well enough and doesn't feel jerky or harsh. It also has the ability to be shifted manually in Sport mode.
The interior is nicely designed and improved over the previous generation with more soft-touch surfaces and less hard plastic ones, which helps it feel less cheap. The leather heated seats are supportive (if narrow to those who are a bit bigger) and comfortable. The Sony stereo sounds great, and the large touch screen makes audio, navigation, climate, and phone controls easy. The panoramic sunroof is also one of my favorite features. My only complaint is that this system doesn't come standard with a backup camera (it's an option). For the life of me, I can't figure out why it wouldn't, as it would only require a camera and a wire at that point. Seriously?
Beyond that, the styling is sleeker than previous generations of Escape, and fits in line with the styling of other SUV/CUVs in its class. That's not to say it's the same, but definitely the same language if not the same statement. I like that the edges are a little sharper than the Equinox's. The 19" wheels give it a little more personality and a higher-end look.
Overall, it drives and handles great for what it is, has good cargo room with a few extra compartments (including one in the floor in the back seat, passenger side), and in the higher trim levels, lots of extra features.