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2018 Ford Escape Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.9

The 2018 Ford Escape features one of the more upscale interiors among compact SUVs. The design is attractive and there are quality materials throughout. The cabin is also well-insulated from outside noise.

Both rows of seats have a good amount of space and support, and the Escape has a higher cargo capacity than many rivals. There are a lot of tech features, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system is easy to use.

  • "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 (2017)
  • "Additional sound deadening quiets the ride to near luxury levels of highway isolation." -- Cars.com (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Seating

The Ford Escape seats five people on standard cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel are available. The front seats have plenty of space and support. The rear seats have a decent amount of head- and legroom, but competitors have larger back seats. However, the Escape’s rear seats do recline.

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. There’s other hardware you could confuse with the tether anchor if you don’t look carefully, and the lower anchors may give you some trouble when attaching straps because they’re set deep in the seat.

  • We had no problems fitting comfortably into either the front or back seats, but the Escape doesn't have a sense of spaciousness like the roomier Honda CR-V." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 Escape include a rearview camera, Ford's MyKey, Ford's voice-activated SYNC infotainment interface (with Bluetooth and a USB port), and a six-speaker stereo.

Available features include a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 110-volt power outlet, push-button start, a nine-speaker stereo, a 10-speaker Sony stereo, satellite radio, navigation, and the SYNC 3 touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Available active safety features include automatic parking assist, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, and assisted pre-collision braking.

The standard SYNC system is OK, but the SYNC 3 system is incredibly user-friendly. The touch screen has sharp graphics and responds quickly to inputs. Navigation is also easy to use; it provides just a single search box where you can enter either an address or the name of a particular place.

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  • "The new Sync 3 is one of the easiest touchscreen tech interfaces to use. We like the clear touchscreen graphics, quick response times and the easily navigable menus." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "SYNC Connect, SYNC 3, and FordPass led Ford's introduction of the 2017 Escape; these features give the Escape class-leading connectivity." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)

Cargo

The Ford Escape has one of the higher maximum cargo capacities in the class (68 cubic feet). With the rear seats up, you still get 34 cubic feet of room. There’s a low cargo floor, so it’s easy to load and unload heavy items. There’s a fair amount of small-item storage in the cabin, and a hands-free power liftgate is available.

  • The 60/40-split folding rear seats fold flat and flush to enhance cargo area and utility. There's no seatback release in the cargo area, so you'll need to walk around to the rear doors, but the seat-side levers make it quick work." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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)

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