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2008 Ford Escape Interior

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

The 2008 Ford Escape has made significant improvements in its interior comfort and quality, leading to a ranking in the top half of its class. The Chicago Sun-Times and others say the "new quieter and more comfortable interior looks as if from a costlier vehicle, with more upscale features and new storage options."

The redesign this year gave the five-seater better ambiance, 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." 

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.

Where the 2008 Ford Escape's seats hit a snag, reviewers say, is in their adaptability. 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

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 or its "overdone" instrument panel, notes that the new ice-blue lighting is "delectable; good."

The 2008 Ford Escape's piano-black trim -- "which is car-speak for shiny black plastic," the Detroit News says, "lends an upscale ambiance," in Edmunds writers' opinions. Another appreciated re-do is the seat material, now made from recycled plastic fibers. As USA TODAY notes, the upholstery 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. Standard features for the Escape 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. These include an MP3 jack for iPods or other musical devices. Escape XLTs and Limiteds also 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 XLT and Limited trims, and is featured as part of the 2008 Ford Escape's Audiophile Sound System.

If you'd rather have a portable navigation system, check out our GPS reviews to learn more about the features and pricing of the best systems.

Cargo

The only negative report regarding the 2008 Ford Escape's cargo room is the "chore" of folding the rear seats, as Edmunds and others say. With 66.3 cubic feet with the second row folded and 29.2 cubic feet with all seats up, auto writers happily report that drivers should have plenty of space to load their stuff on a flat cargo bed. So says the Detroit News, one of the reasons people buy SUVs is the additional storage space, which the Escape offers aplenty.

As the Chicago Sun-Times finds, the 2008 Ford Escape also 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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