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in 2009 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $12,738 - $14,831
Original MSRP: $29,645 - $33,725
MPG: 34 City / 31 Hwy
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2009 Ford Escape Hybrid Interior

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The 2009 Escape Hybrid's interior is similar to last year's model. Though everyone appreciates the cabin's softer materials and high-tech options, reviewers still have mixed opinions on the controls. A few also find that the seats aren't versatile enough.

  • "Soy-based seating foam, new for 2009, is designed to help reduce emissions and dependence on petroleum-based vehicle seats." -- Road & Travel Magazine
  • "The Escape's cabin received a major makeover last year. The dash has appealing textures, bright gauges and an eye-level center window that displays radio functions, ambient temperature and climate-control readouts." -- Kansas City Star
  • "Plastics in the cabin have all been replaced with more attractive materials, and an optional Leather Comfort Package probably pushes the boundaries of what an SUV should be, although it's kept in check by a traditional 60/40 split-folding rear bench." -- Car Gurus
  • "The interior of the Escape I tested featured nice check-pattern cloth upholstery and acceptable materials throughout." -- Detroit Free Press

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Seating

The Escape Hybrid seats five -- and reviewers have few complaints about comfort and spaciousness. However, they do bemoan the fact that the rear seats don't slide.

  • "The vehicle lacks useful details such as sliding rear seats, as you get in the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. The sliding seats in those models gives them 3 inches more rear legroom -- important if you tote teens or adults back there." -- USA Today
  • "Good headroom and sufficient legroom for tall occupants. The [front] seats may prove unsubstantial in size and support for larger folk and lack adjustable lumbar bolstering, resulting in subpar comfort on long drives." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Legroom in the back seat is about what you'd expect in a compact SUV: 35.6 inches. Headroom of more than 39 inches is noteworthy." -- Associated Press
  • "Inside, the Escape is as comfortable as ever for someone 72 inches tall. You should be able to fit three kids in the back or three adults for shorter trips." -- MarketWatch

Interior Features

Reviewers love the Escape Hybrid's newest standout features -- the SYNC multimedia system and upgraded navigation system with Sirius Travel Link. However, test drivers have mixed opinions on the control layout.

  • "Ford's intention to fashion a tough-truck industrial look results in an abundance of nonfunctional shapes and crevices molded into cheap looking, hard plastic panels. The main instruments and the auxiliary readout on top of the dashboard are covered by plastic that reflects surrounding trim in many light conditions, rendering them hard to read." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The addition of the Limited model will suit buyers who want a hybrid without having to sacrifice any of the convenience items found in upscale models. The Limited has 16-inch, six-spoke aluminum wheels, chrome exterior accents, an AM/FM/six-CD changer, heated front seats, leather seat surfaces, a power moonroof and ambient lighting for the footwells and cup holders." -- Kansas City Star
  • "The biggest interior improvement in the 2009 Escape Hybrid is definitely the navigation system. It's not just a better navigation system, it's one of the best available on the market. New for 2009 is its ability to upload music and pictures to the system's 10-gig hard drive. To make it easier to use, the navigation system introduces visual integration with Sync (standard on the Escape Hybrid) on the 6.5-inch screen." -- Auto USA
  • "The 2009 Escape also receives a redesigned center stack, featuring an updated version of Ford's excellent navigation and infotainment system-and, of course, SYNC. The new high-resolution screen is extraordinarily clear, and the menu structures are easy to use." -- Automobile Magazine

Cargo

With 66.1 cubic feet of space with the second row folded and 27.8 cubic feet with all seats up, the Escape Hybrid fits slightly less cargo than its the Ford Escape, its gasoline-powered counterpart. However, auto writers are more than pleased with the space.

  • "Generous space enhanced by a low-level load deck and convenient opening tailgate glass. The rear seatbacks fold flat once the headrests are removed and seat bottoms flipped forward. Cabin small-item storage is only average." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The big opening to the Escape's cargo space makes it easy to get loads in and out of the SUV." -- Detroit Free Press
  • "The center console has two removable bins. Ford says a laptop can fit inside the console." -- Kansas City Star
  • "There are 28 cubic feet of cargo space behind the 60/40-split rear seats, and you can fold them down to open up 65 cubic feet of capacity, a decent figure for this class. Be forewarned that it's not a one-step process; you must first remove the headrests and flip up the seat bottoms before flipping down the seatbacks." -- Edmunds

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