2019 Ford Escape

Interior


MSRP
$24,105
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2019 Ford Escape Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.6

The 2019 Ford Escape features a quiet, handsome cabin with quality materials and user-friendly technology, though some reviewers think the interior looks a bit dated. Passenger space is decent, and cargo space is above average.

  • "Build quality is as good as you can expect in a vehicle in this price range. Materials appear durable and well put together." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "At highway speeds, the cabin is remarkably quiet, while quality materials add to a generally upscale impression." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • "However, where the Escape's interior, or more accurately the design of the dashboard and instrumentation, was once … trend-setting, this styling treatment is really beginning to show its age." -- Motor Trend (2017)

Seating

The Escape can fit five people in two rows of fairly comfortable and supportive seats. Cloth upholstery and manually adjustable front seats are standard, while power-adjustable front seats, leather-trimmed front seats, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and sport seats are available. Both rows should have enough space for most people, but some rivals offer more expansive cabins.

For installing child safety seats, there are two sets of LATCH connectors on the Escape's rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The middle seat has the ability to borrow lower anchors from the adjoining seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use.

  • Cabin space feels on par with room in other compact SUVs, though the Escape trails the Honda CR-V and Chevy Equinox in overall EPA passenger volume. Still there's enough head- and legroom to accommodate four adults comfortably. (Five adults is pushing it.) The smartly packaged interior gives a sense of air and space." -- Edmunds
  • "The elevated driving position brings a feeling of confidence and control, as well as good vision. The seats feel a bit narrow, but they're still supportive and comfortable. At highway speeds, the cabin is remarkably quiet, while quality materials add to a generally upscale impression." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • "Around town the Escape is quiet as a vault, on the highway only wind noise intrudes into the cabin." -- Autoblog (2017)

Interior Features

The Escape comes standard with a rearview camera, MyKey, and Ford's voice-activated SYNC infotainment system with a 4.2-inch display screen, a USB port, and a six-speaker stereo. Available features include rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, assisted pre-collision braking, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, active park assist, push-button start, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, satellite radio, navigation, and a SYNC 3 touch-screen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability.

The available SYNC 3 system is praised for its user friendliness and refinement. Its menus are easy to use and responsive.

  • "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 (2018)
  • "SYNC Connect, SYNC 3, and FordPass led Ford's introduction of the 2017 Escape; these features give the Escape class-leading connectivity. Ford's … SYNC Connect system allows you almost total control of the car and works in conjunction with FordPass." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)
  • "Contrast that with the upgraded 8.0-inch color display and Ford's first application of Sync3 plus Apple CarPlay plus Android Auto plus a new Sync Connect app, the infotainment system is not only cutting-edge but also highly competitive. Crisp, modern graphics, large virtual buttons, and intuitive functionality (like pinch/unpinch zoom) thankfully similar to that of mobile devices separate it from many contemporary systems in competitors' crossovers." -- Motor Trend (2017)

Cargo

Though some competitors offer more cargo space than the Escape, this Ford has more than enough room for most shoppers. There's 34 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 68 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. A power liftgate and a hands-free power liftgate are available. There isn't a lot of small-item storage space, however.

  • The Escape lacks useful small nooks and storage spaces, but it compensates with a large and flexible cargo hold offering 68 cubic feet of max cargo space (with the second-row seats folded down) or 34 cubic feet for groceries and luggage behind an upright second row. That's a lot of useful space." -- Edmunds
  • "The cargo area, too, is sizeable. … That the rear hatch can be opened with the swipe of a foot beneath the rear bumper is a true bonus." -- Motor Trend (2017)
  • "Cargo space with the rear seats up is 34.3 cu ft. That expands to 67.8 cu ft. (pretty good for the class) when a one-touch lever folds those seats down." -- Autotrader (2018)
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