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2010 Ford Escape Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid was new.


Interior: 7.7

Though everyone appreciates Escape Hybrid's soft materials and high-tech options, reviewers find that the seats aren't as versatile as competitors like the GMC Terrain because the rear seat doesn't slide. On the plus side, reviewers like the Escape Hybrid's ice blue dashboard illumination.

  • "An upright dash, firm seats and clever features like available ambient lighting create a much more contemporary demeanor, but the overall feeling still seems a bit dated when compared with newer compact SUV offerings." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The interior of the Escape I tested featured nice check-pattern cloth upholstery and acceptable materials throughout." -- Detroit Free Press.
  • "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 styling inside the Ford Escape has received some modifications as well to bring it more in-line with the current, contemporary European Feel rather than what was hailed by consumers, as an ancient- clunky style of decor for previous years." -- Automobile.com


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, which makes the Escape Hybrid much less versatile than most compact SUVs, including the less expensive GMC Terrain (by about $5,000). A plus for environment lovers is that the hybrid's seating fabric is constructed of recycled material. Cloth seats are standard for the base model, while the Limited upgrades to leather and heated front seats.

  • "The Escape Hybrid's cabin is roomy, but in terms of comfort and space the Escape is starting to feel its age. Up front, the seating position is too tall, which gives the driver the feeling of hovering above the controls, and there's no telescoping steering wheel. The backseat is flat and devoid of recline or fore/aft adjustments, but provides suitable space for average-sized adults." -- Edmunds
  • "But even adults can sit comfortably in the back seat, although as with most vehicles, it's more comfortable for two than three." -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • "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
  • "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

The Escape Hybrid comes with many standard upscale features, including dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, and a compass and outside temperature display. Base models even come standard with Ford's well-liked SYNC multimedia system, upgraded for 2010 to include turn-by-turn navigation and personalized traffic reports. In addition, they get Ford's new MyKey standard. This system is a great tool for parents who want to limit how their teens drive. For families with kids, Ford offers a dual-headrest rear DVD entertainment system for $1,995.

  • "MyKey is a major downer for new teen drivers, but it offers parents piece (sic) of mind with the ability to limit the top speed, encourage seat belt usage, and set earlier low fuel warnings." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "In addition to controlling mobile phones and the stereo with voice commands, Sync now adds the ability to acquire driving directions, traffic conditions and other information by pairing with Bluetooth-enabled phones. When grouped with the optional touchscreen navigation system, these features become even more simple and intuitive to operate." -- Edmunds
  • "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." -- 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


The Escape Hybrid provides 66.1 cubic feet of space with the second row folded and 27.8 cubic feet with all seats up -- not as much as the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4 and even slightly less than the gasoline-powered Escape. However, the hybrid's cargo figures are still about average for its class. They even beat the fuel-efficient Hyundai Tucson, which provides only 55.8 cubic feet maximum.

However, a drawback for the Escape Hybrid is that folding the rear seats down can be a difficult multi-step process. In addition, the rear seat doesn’t slide back and forth to increase cargo space like it does on the less expensive GMC Terrain.

  • "Stowing the 60/40 split-folding seats is a bit of an arduous task, but once completed, provides 65 cubes for bulkier cargo." -- Edmunds
  • "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

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