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in 2013 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $15,809 - $23,238
Original MSRP: $22,470 - $32,120
MPG: 22 City / 31 Hwy
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2013 Ford Escape Interior

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Car reviewers applaud the 2013 Ford Escape’s interior, which they say is well-constructed and has spacious seating for five and good cargo space. The Escape is also the only vehicle in its class with a motion-activated liftgate, but some reviewers say it doesn't always work well. The Escape can also be equipped with MyFord Touch, but test drivers say that even though it’s been updated, it’s still hard to use.

  • "Escape's interior is handsomely finished with good assembly quality. Plastics are a combination of soft-touch and hard surfaces with attractive finishes. Escape's faux-metal accents look good too. Titanium's interior is especially nice with its specific trim and the available full-leather seating surfaces." -- Consumer Guide

Seating

According to auto writers, the Ford Escape has comfortable front and rear seats. Car reviewers say that the front and rear seats have good legroom and that only tall passengers may need more headroom.

  • "The front seatbacks are scalloped to provide more rear knee room, rear leg and foot room are generous, and the rear seatbacks recline. The standard seats, which lack the sport seats' aggressive bolstering, are also good." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Up front, larger adults will find plenty of room. Headroom is generous on models without the sunroof. … The seats are comfortable, but some folks may wish for a bit less side bolstering and a longer bottom cushion. ... Legroom is likewise good." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Climb into the back and you'll find a rear seat that reclines and provides plenty of legroom. (Although for taller riders, headroom could get tight.) Reclining the seat surely helps but can cut into the luggage space." -- Popular Mechanics 

Interior Features

The base Escape comes with air conditioning, power windows and door locks, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Ford Sync and Sync with MyFord Touch are optional on the 2013 Escape, and test drivers think that while the updated MyFord Touch infotainment system is a lot easier to use, it’s still hard to master and has confusing, hard-to-reach buttons. Voice-activated Ford Sync includes a 4.2-inch color display in the instrument cluster and center stack, Bluetooth, turn-by-turn directions and a USB port. Sync with MyFord Touch adds an 8-inch touch screen, Wi-Fi capability, a second USB port, RCA audio/video inputs and an SD card reader. It can be equipped with a navigation system that is linked to the satellite radio’s traffic data so that you can adjust your trips based on traffic.

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  • "Like other new Fords, the Escape boasts an improved version of the annoying-to-use Sync voice command system and MyFord Touch touch-screen infotainment systems. The latest iteration is less of a pain in the, er, neck to use but still falls short of the simplicity and convenience of properly designed knobs and switches. At this point MyFord Touch remains an exercise in technology for technology's sake, so we look forward to the next upgrade. We'd still opt for the conventional radio and climate controls." -- MSNBC 
  • "Also some of the virtual ‘buttons’ on the touch screen are small and can be difficult for the driver to reach. Some of Escape's physical buttons seem to sacrifice form for function, notably the audio system's power switch, which is mounted face up on a flat surface in front of the touch screen where it's easy to miss." -- Consumer Guide 

Cargo

The Escape has 34.3 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats up and 68.1 with them folded. While that’s not as much overall cargo space as the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, it’s still pretty good for the class. What reviewers discuss most is the Escape’s hands-free power liftgate, which opens when you wave or kick your foot under the rear bumper. Ford designed it so that when your arms are full, you can open the liftgate without fumbling for the key. The class-exclusive feature receives mixed reviews. Some test drivers say it doesn’t work all the time, and others say that if your arms are full, activating the gate is a precarious balancing act.

  • "When it works, it's handy. But it didn't open for us on first kick every time." -- Inside Line
  • "Ford's power liftgate has a twist: A person can avoid pushing the key fob's ‘open liftgate’ button and instead sort of kick his or her foot under the rear bumper, where a sensor detects that the liftgate needs to open. It's a fine idea, but with arms full of heavy pet supplies, I nearly fell on the pavement trying to kick my leg and keep my balance." -- The Associated Press

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