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2017 Ford Escape Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Ford Escape was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

The 2016 Ford Escape had an upscale interior, and the 2017's is even nicer. More padded materials give the Escape a high-quality look and are easy on your elbows. A new steering wheel has more straightforward controls. Ford also adjusted the design of the center console, moving the shifter back to provide easier access to the climate controls and switching to an electronic parking brake to free up more space for storage. Improved sound insulation means the Escape is about as quiet as a luxury vehicle on the highway.

  • "The interior is generally a lot nicer too, with a reworked dash and center console, made roomier by the switch from a big parking brake lever to an electric parking brake. There are elbow rests throughout, a feature Ford is particularly proud of since engineers and execs kept bringing them up all day." -- Autoweek
  • "Additional sound deadening quiets the ride to near luxury levels of highway isolation." -- Cars.com
  • "The Escape's cabin benefits from the transformation process. Vehicle program manager Chris Mazur notes that 'Virtually every surface a customer will touch is new, in design or material.' Beyond enhanced aesthetics and the greater presence of soft surfaces, the 2017 Escape boasts a more user-friendly multifunction steering wheel -- leather-wrapped and heated in some variants -- and sees the shifter moved rearward to ease access to improved climate controls." -- Kelley Blue Book

Seating

The 2017 Escape has seating for five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Available features include leather upholstery, power front seats, heated front seats, driver's seat position memory, and a heated steering wheel.

The Escape's front seats are comfortable and wide. Though the Escape's rear seats aren't the roomiest in the segment, they still have sufficient legroom and ample headroom for adults. They can also recline. If you want roomier rear seats, check out the Honda CR-V or Subaru Forester.

  • "The supportive and rather wide seats (skinned in both cloth and leather) carry on as excellent places to sit, and increasing the seat foam thickness was actually a running change already made during this Escape generation, so there wasn't a lot of work to be done there." -- Motor Trend
  • "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 (2016)
  • "Escape's rear seat has adult-size space, with enough headroom, knee space, and foot space even behind a six-foot driver." -- Consumer Guide (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 Ford Escape include a rearview camera, automatic headlamps, Ford's MyKey, Ford's voice-activated SYNC infotainment interface, and a six-speaker stereo.

Available features include a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 110-volt power outlet, customizable colored interior lighting, push-button start, a proximity key, remote start, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a nine-speaker stereo, a 10-speaker Sony stereo, satellite radio, navigation, automatic parking, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

New advanced safety and driver assistance options for 2017 include lane keep assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, and assisted pre-collision braking.

In upper-trim models, Ford's SYNC 3 touch-screen infotainment system controls most audio settings. You can also stream Spotify or look up weather. The touch screen responds quickly when you press it, and it's easy to figure out how to accomplish tasks. For example, the optional navigation system has a simple one-line address input. Just type in your destination and go.

SYNC 3 gets even better for 2017. It can now provide internet connectivity through the new SYNC Connect system. If you download the FordPass smartphone app, you can unlock the Escape or start it remotely. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also new additions to the SYNC 3 system. Some reviewers think all of this connectivity makes the Escape one of the most high-tech compact SUVs available.

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  • "The Escape pulls away from competitors not only at stoplights, but also on the multimedia front with its responsive, easy-to-use Sync 3 that in 2016 replaced the much-maligned MyFord Touch." -- Cars.com
  • "SYNC Connect, SYNC 3, and FordPass led Ford's introduction of the 2017 Escape; these features give the Escape class-leading connectivity." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Sync 3 encompasses navigation, audio, hands-free phone integration and an app platform, working simply and seamlessly. I particularly like the responsive touchscreen and single-box destination search for navigation, which lets you enter street addresses or place names in the same entry field." -- CNET

Cargo

The 2017 Ford Escape has 34 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 68 with the rear seats folded. That's one of the higher maximum cargo capacities in the class. If you need even more space, the Subaru Forester (74.4 cubic feet maximum) and Toyota RAV4 (73.4) are top choices.

The Escape's low cargo floor makes loading and unloading heavy objects easy. The Titanium trim comes with a power liftgate that opens when you wave your foot under the rear bumper – useful if your hands are full. Cabin storage is good as well. Interior updates for 2017 include a much larger center console bin.

  • "A larger armrest cover hides a dual-level pocket; pull the left lever on the clamshell top to access a shallow tray, pull the right lever to access the massive six-liter pocket that's 50 percent larger than before." -- Autoblog
  • "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 (2016)
  • "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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