Reviews

2017 Ford Escape Walk Around


The Escape is a few inches shorter than the Honda CR-V, but its wheelbase is nearly three inches longer, so there is less overhang past the axles on the Ford, a good thing.

Escape’s styling is clean, crisp and stylish. Its pert sheet metal makes you think it’s a crossover aiming to steal away the Outback market of outdoorsy milennials. It’s direct, modern.

Interior

The dynamic cockpit is bold, contoured, and heavily styled. It’s swoopy and finely detailed, yet plasticky. It makes other compact crossovers boring. It’s not very airy inside, the price of a rakish design. The swoopy dash that wraps around the front occupants takes away some knee and legroom, yet the Escape still offers nearly two inches more than the Honda CR-V. Thick A-pillars steal some forward visibility.

The front seats are slim and firm. The electronic parking brake, small as a button, frees up center console space. There’s a horizontal vent under the LCD screen that does a good job of heating and cooling the climate controls and kneecaps. There’s a CD player on the center stack.

Even though it’s not very airy inside, considering the sleek exterior, there’s a generous amount of interior space. There’s plenty of headroom in the rear, as long as there’s no panoramic sunroof (which would make it more airy). In back, even though the Escape is called a five-seater, realistically there’s just enough space for two adults, with one inch less legroom than the CR-V.

But when they’re not there, the seatbacks and headrests flip down easily, creating 68 cubic feet of cargo space. The rear hatch can be opened by swinging a foot under the bumper, with the fob in your pocket or purse.

We like the Escape’s optional two-position load floor, flat or max storage, with an enclosed big square cargo bin that holds 34 cubic feet. Still, the CR-V makes better use of its cargo space.

We think the CR-V beats the Escape for everyday use. The front seats are more comfortable, and there’s more kneeroom.

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