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in Affordable Compact SUVs

MSRP: $23,100 - $30,850
Invoice: $21,772 - $28,769
MPG: 22 City / 31 Hwy
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Ford Escape Interior

Test drivers commend the 2014 Ford Escape’s cabin, which they say has high-quality materials and spacious, comfortable seating. Additionally, some reviewers note that the 2014 Ford Escape's cabin remains silent over bumpy roads and at highway speeds. The Ford Escape is one of the few vehicles in its class with a motion-activated liftgate, and there’s a good amount of cargo space for the class. The Escape can also be equipped with a MyFord Touch infotainment system, but some test drivers say that although the system has a sleek design and impressive features, there may be a bit of a learning curve since the system can be glitchy and slow to respond to user inputs.

  • "The 2014 Escape's body is rigid and tight over bumps, without any squeaks or rattles. The seats feel a bit narrow but are supportive and comfortable. At highway speeds, the Escape's cabin is remarkably quiet." -- AutoTrader
  • "The inside of the 2014 Ford Escape boasts an impressive display of materials, design and available features." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2013)

Seating

Auto critics say the five-seat 2014 Ford Escape has ample head- and legroom in both front and rear seats. Most reviewers say the Escape’s seats are comfortable and firm. One reviewer agrees that the seats are comfortable and supportive, but says they feel somewhat narrow. Cloth seats come standard on the Escape, while heated front seats, reclining rear seats and leather-trimmed seats are available.

  • "The seats feel a bit narrow but are supportive and comfortable. At highway speeds, the Escape's cabin is remarkably quiet." -- AutoTrader
  • "This may not be the segment's softest-riding entry, but most will find it plenty comfortable." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The front and rear seats have plenty of headroom and legroom. Seat padding and bolstering is comfortable and firm without being too stiff." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features on the 2014 Ford Escape include a rearview camera, a six-speaker sound system, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth, an auxiliary input, a USB port and Ford’s Sync with MyFord system, which allows you to use voice commands to control a connected smartphone. Optional features include the MyFord Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, a second USB port, an SD card reader, audio/video input jacks, dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker audio system and rear parking sensors. Additional optional features include active park assist, satellite radio, a panoramic sunroof, navigation, blind spot monitoring and remote start.

Test drivers say that although the MyFord Touch infotainment system has a sleek design and impressive features, there may be a bit of a learning curve since the system can be glitchy and slow to respond to user inputs. Additionally, some say that some buttons and on-screen icons can be difficult to reach from the driver’s seat.

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  • "The Escape's interior is furnished with high-quality materials, and when it's equipped with the slick-looking MyFord Touch electronics interface, it feels as if you're driving a much more expensive car. The downside to that, however, is that MyFord Touch can be finicky to use at times, as we've noted slow response times and inconvenient glitches in the vehicles we've tested." -- Edmunds
  • "It [MyFord Touch] is indeed better than the much-maligned old system, and fingertip touches to the screen are more likely to result in affirmative responses than they were before, but the system remains fussy and finicky. The good news is that the optional Sony stereo is sensational, and the My Ford Touch display screen itself is bright and crisp, with attractive fonts." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
  • "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." -- MSNBC (2013)
  • "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 (2013)

Cargo

The Escape has 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 67.8 with them folded. While that amount of room is good for the class, the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester offer more overall cargo space. What reviewers find the most noteworthy is the Escape’s optional hands-free power liftgate, which opens with a wave or kick under the rear bumper. Ford designed it so that when your arms are full, you can open the liftgate hands-free, as long as the key is handy. Test drivers say it’s an intelligent feature that works as advertised. Additionally, others note that the Escape’s second-row seats are easy to fold down, and that it offers a useful amount of cargo space for the class.

  • "A helpful option on the Escape is the hands-free power liftgate that opens with a wave of your foot under the rear bumper (as long as you have the key somewhere on you)." -- Edmunds
  • "In small crossovers, you want a fair amount of space and the second-row seats to be easy to fold. The Escape delivers on both." -- Cars.com (2013)
  • "The Escape's optional hands-free power liftgate is one of the smartest features to hit the market in some time." -- Popular Mechanics (2013)
  • "When folded forward, the rear seats create a convenient flat load surface for loading and transporting oversized, boxy items." -- Truck Trend (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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