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2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Interior Review


Interior: 7.0

The 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid is nicely equipped with a lengthy set of standard safety and technology features. For a compact SUV, it has a roomy cabin. The caveat is that you have to choose between ample rear-seat legroom and above-average cargo space behind the seats, though the sliding rear seats lets you quickly alternate between the two. The interior styling is attractive, but many professional reviewers complain that the quality of materials could be better.

  • "Even in the rear seats, six-footers can't complain about personal space, although it's easy to take issue with the Escape's hard-plastic door panels, sizeable gaps between the dash and door plastics, and generally uninspired material finishes, even in the top-spec Titanium." -- Car and Driver
  • "The hybrid's interior trim remains consistent with the rest of the Ford Escape lineup, too, which is to say it's an odd mishmash of semi-premium and downmarket materials." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Build quality is exceptional, and materials are on par with every other small crossover out now." -- CNET


The two-row Escape Hybrid has five seats. Visibility is good from the front, and the cabin is quiet and comfortable, with heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver's seat adding to the zone's coziness. The back seat has enough space for long-legged travelers when the reclining rear seats are slid back.

Standard features include cloth upholstery, heated front seats, a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Available upgrades include genuine leather or ActiveX synthetic leather upholstery, a six-way power adjustable front passenger seat, and a heated steering wheel.

For installing child safety seats, the Escape's rear seat has two full sets of LATCH connectors for the outboard seats. The middle seat has a tether anchor and can borrow lower anchors from the adjoining seats, as long as the anchors aren't already in use.

  • "The Mazda CX-5 has no chance of being dethroned as the driver's choice in this segment, but the Ford strikes a commendable balance of comfort and capability, and it is calmingly quiet inside." -- Car and Driver
  • "There's plenty of space in front, and the back seats slide fore and aft to better accommodate taller passengers." -- CNET
  • "That said, the clever packaging and small physical size of the lithium-ion battery mean there's practically no cargo or passenger space intrusion. The Escape Hybrid boasts the same sliding and reclining rear bench seat as the conventional model, with plenty of stretch-out room for two full-grown adults or three teens and tweens. It's an impressive bit of packaging and a huge improvement over the outgoing Escape." -- Truck Trend

Interior Features

From its feature-rich infotainment system to its impressive safety suite, the Escape Hybrid is packed full of standard features. It offers lots of high-tech ways to connect with your personal devices and your favorites apps. Standard equipment includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Waze, Amazon Alexa, and Amazon In-Car Delivery. The standard SYNC 3 interface is straightforward and has a responsive 8-inch touch screen.

The Escape Hybrid also comes standard with six speakers, satellite radio, automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start. Upgrades include a voice-activated navigation system, a 10-speaker Band & Olufsen sound system, a panoramic moonroof, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Every Escape comes with Co-Pilot360. This collection of safety features contains Curve Control (which manages your speed when you approach a curve), forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights, a rearview camera, and the SOS Post-Crash Alert System, which turns on the hazard lights and honks the horn to notify others of your location. Post-collision braking is also standard.

Available safety features include a head-up display, rear parking sensors, active park assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, lane centering, and stop-and-go adaptive cruise control.

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  • "All of the vehicle's controls are large, clearly marked and intuitively placed." -- CNET
  • "The available B&O sound system, however, is outstanding. Higher-trim versions like the Titanium get a speaker on the dashboard, and, thus equipped, the sonic landscape is noticeably more vivid. We'd suggest stepping up to more premium tiers of the Escape for the sound system alone." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Ford's steering-wheel controls and driver-information menus still are more cryptic than we'd like, but overall ergonomics are decent, and the optional 8.0-inch central touchscreen infotainment system is highly intuitive and loaded with connectivity options …" -- Car and Driver


The Ford Escape Hybrid has 30.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind its second-row seats. Sliding these seats forward yields up to 34.4 cubic feet of cargo space. While that isn't as roomy as the nonhybrid Ford Escape, which has up to 37.5 cubic feet behind the seats, it's still generous for an SUV of this size.

The second-row seats have a 60/40 split, and they can fold to create a cargo hold as large as 60.8 cubic feet. This measurement lags behind the segment (and the gas-only Escape) by 4 to 5 cubic feet. A power liftgate and a hands-free liftgate are optional.

  • "The other major takeaway of the Escape's redesign is improved interior space. Ford notes that at least four full-size golf bags can fit behind the Escape's split-folding rear seats, which now slide fore and aft on a six-inch track and also recline. Cargo capacity of 34 cubic feet in conventional models (hybrids lose three cubes in accommodating their batteries) matches that of the previous Escape, but slide the seats all the way forward, and it grows to 38 cubic feet, which is nearly as much as the capacious Honda CR-V. " -- Car and Driver
  • "The location of Ford's battery pack under the car (as opposed to under the back seat as in the hybrid RAV4) means the floor under the rear seats is raised by about 1.6 inches, which reduces rear seat legroom from a maximum of 40.7 in the non-hybrid Escape to 38.9 in the hybrid. The cargo area is similarly reduced from 65.4 cubic feet to 60.8, well below the 69.8 offered by the RAV4 Hybrid." -- Autoblog
  • "Escape-ing does mean a slight sacrifice in terms of cargo carrying capacity, however. The RAV4 Hybrid can hold 37.0-37.6 cubic feet of your stuff with the rear seats in place, compared with the 30.7-34.4 cubic feet of the 2020 Escape hybrid and plug-in hybrid (the space is the same in both models; the variation comes from how far forward the rear seats are moved)." -- Motor Trend
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