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2016 Ford Escape Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Ford Escape was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.7

Inside, the 2016 Ford Escape has attractive styling and high-quality materials including soft-touch surfaces, reviewers report. Automotive journalists say the front seats are fairly comfortable, and the back seats have good room for adults. Test drivers like the new easy-to-use SYNC 3 infotainment system, but note that some dashboard controls are hard to reach. Cargo space is excellent for the class, and reviewers love the available hands-free liftgate.

  • "With an array of textures, colors, lines and buttons, the 2016 Ford Escape interior is pretty busy. However, once you get used to the style, you'll find that things are pretty easy to figure out from an ergonomic standpoint. Helping things along in high-line models is Ford's new Sync 3 infotainment system." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Inside the 2016 Ford Escape, you'll find plentiful soft-touch materials and generally impressive fit and finish. …" -- Edmunds
  • "Parts sharing aside, the cabin enjoys soft-touch materials on most main surfaces, while a raft of NVH [Noise Vibration Harshness] measures including sound deadening interior panels, enhanced window seals and foam baffles in the window pillars help to cut down on intrusive road noise." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "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

The 2016 Escape has seating for five and is available with power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery and heated front seats. Test drivers say the Escape's front seats are relatively pleasant, although narrow, and drivers should have no trouble finding a comfortable position. Reviewers say the rear seats, which can recline, have good room for adults.

  • "The front seats are comfortable but on the narrow side. …" -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In spite of the Escape's compact appearance, it's pretty spacious behind the front seats. Although the reclining backseat isn't as airy as some rivals, it gives adult passengers adequate legroom and plenty of headroom." -- Edmunds
  • "Escape's rear seat has adult-size space, with enough headroom, knee space, and foot space even behind a six-foot driver." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "I adjusted my seat and the standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel quickly and felt comfortable with plenty of headroom, dispelling my fears of claustrophobia." -- Cars.com (2013)

Interior Features

The 2016 Ford Escape comes standard with a rearview camera and Ford's voice-activated SYNC system, which includes Bluetooth and a USB port. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, proximity key, parallel park assist, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker Sony stereo system, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring and, new for 2016, a SYNC 3 infotainment system, which replaces the MyFord Touch system.

In outgoing Escape models, the MyFord Touch system received criticism from reviewers who found it difficult to use. Test drivers agree that the new SYNC 3 system is more responsive and its menus are more straightforward than MyFord Touch. A few auto writers point out the available Sony stereo has great sound quality. Still, critics say that in the base model, the Ford Escape's climate and audio controls can be difficult to reach and hard to tell apart.

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  • "Some controls are a little hard to use. You have to reach down low to find the climate-control panel, and the standard audio interface frustrates with its small display screen and sea of similar-looking buttons." -- Edmunds
  • "Ford has heard the criticisms and is debuting an all-new version of its infotainment system on the 2016 Escape. Known as Sync 3, it replaces MyFord Touch (yay!) with a simpler, more straightforward interface that promises improved ease of use and installable apps." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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)

Cargo

The 2016 Escape has 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 67.8 with them folded. Overall cargo room is great for the class. The Escape is available with a hands-free power liftgate that opens the hatch when you kick your foot under the rear bumper, and reviewers say the system is very convenient when your hands are full. A few also note that the Escape's low cargo floor aids in easily loading items.

  • "While we admit that the hands-free liftgate on the 2016 Escape is a bit of a parlor trick, the ability to simply wave your foot under the bumper and have the hatch open is 'utility' with a capital 'U.'" -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The hands-free power liftgate is a nifty feature, opening with a wave of your foot under the rear bumper (as long as you have the key somewhere on you), but you can only have it if you spring for the pricey Titanium trim." -- Edmunds
  • "Rear cargo room is good, and the rear seat flops forward to increase load space." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The low cargo floor height also helps. At just above my knee, the cargo floor is easily accessible. That means heaving heavy objects will require less effort as will letting your canine companions in and out of the cargo area." -- Cars.com (2013)

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