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2008 Ford Escape Hybrid Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid was new.

The 2008 Ford Escape has made significant improvements in its interior comfort and quality, the auto writers report. As Automobile Magazine notes, "once you climb aboard, you'll notice the clean, modern and quiet cabin, which has plenty of interior room even four up."

The Chicago Sun-Times comments that the "new quieter and more comfortable interior looks as if from a costlier vehicle, with more upscale features and new storage options." And while the Los Angeles Times reviewer comments that the Escape Hybrid's design is not up to snuff with some of its competitors, "ergonomically, though, the Escape cabin is spot on."

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Seating

The Los Angeles Times is just one of the reviews to highlight "comfortable and supportive" seats, while Cars.com especially appreciates that "headroom is good, even with the optional moonroof." In fact, auto critics generally find adequate space in either the first or second row.

Some reviewers do comment that the second row is not as versatile as class competitors. USA TODAY notes the absence of "useful details such as sliding rear seats, as you get in the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4," and although Cars.com is generally pleased, its reviewer also comments that "the second row lacks a flip-down center armrest" and later describes the process of flipping the 60/40 bench seat as too much. "You first have to flip the bottom cushion forward, remove the head restraints, then fold the backrest down. It's two steps more than the best designs out there, where all you need to do is fold down the backrest."

Interior Features

Reviewers have one number one complaint about the 2008 Ford Escape's interior features. "The Escape Hybrid doesn't have an all-electric air-conditioning system, for the A/C to stay on, the gas engine has to be kept running," The Los Angeles Times comments, while Newsday's writer adds that "when the vehicle is stopped in traffic on a hot day, the cabin can get uncomfortable quickly." Newsday also notes that drivers can override the engine cutting off by pressing the "max AC" button, "but naturally, that will reduce fuel economy."

The Detroit News says, "At night, the Escape is extremely easy on the eyes," thanks to a new instrument panel with a white-faced speedometer and tachometer back lit with blue lighting that's easier to read. Even USA TODAY's reviewer, who can't find much to like about the 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid or its "overdone" instrument panel, notes that the "new ice-blue" lighting is "delectable; good."

The 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid's piano-black trim, also known as "shiny black plastic" to the Detroit News, "lends an upscale ambiance," for Edmunds. Also appreciated is the new seat material, now made from recycled plastic fibers, which USA TODAY says is "better-looking than it sounds, and quite comfy."

As Cars.com states, "Ford addressed one of the loudest complaints about the model by quieting the cabin" with enhancements such as an acoustic laminate within the windshield, or thicker carpeting. Other standard features for the Escape Hybrid include low-back bucket seats, a tilt-feature steering wheel, power windows, locks and mirrors.

Stereo and Entertainment

No real mention is made of the 2008 Ford Escape's base sound system with a single CD player and four speakers, but reviewers do appreciate the "scads of little improvements" made to cabin entertainment, the Detroit News says, like an MP3 jack for iPods or other musical devices. Both trims have the option for an Audiophile Sound System, with a 320-watt audio system with seven speakers, or to make the system SIRIUS ® satellite radio capable.

Navigation

"For the first time, the Escape is available with Ford's excellent touch-screen navigation system, featuring one of the industry's best Sirius satellite radio integrations," Automobile Magazine states, and others agree. The Los Angeles Times specifically highlights the touch-screen as "larger and friendlier" than previous Ford LCD screens. The navigation system is optional for both trims, and is featured as part of the 2008 Ford Escape's Audiophile Sound System. Also notable is that Ford only includes its driving computer that indicates the trip average fuel economy with the optional navigation system, something with which Newsday is disappointed.

Cargo

Besides the disdain for the "chore" of folding the rear seats, as Edmunds and others report, reviewers are relatively pleased with the 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid's cargo room. With 66 cubic feet with the second row folded and 27.8 cubic feet with all seats up, auto writers happily report that drivers should have plenty of space to load their stuff -- even though the 2008 Hybrid's space is slightly less than the non-hybrid Escape, as Cars.com finds. "Unlike the regular Escape, which has a storage well under the cargo floor, there's no such area here because the space is taken by the hybrid's high-voltage battery pack," its reviewer reports. Additionally, the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid has numerous spots to store small to medium-sized stuff, especially noting the front storage bin with "room for laptop storage."

Review Last Updated: 2/17/09

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