A major selling point of any crossover, SUV, wagon, minivan, or other utility vehicle is cargo capacity. In small crossovers, you want a fair amount of space and the secondrow seats to be easy to fold. The Escape delivers on both.
At 34.3 cubic feet with the second row in place and 68.1 cubic feet with the rear seats down, the Escape is again very competitive in the class. The CR-V is rated at 37.2 and 70.9 cubic feet; the Equinox at 31.5 and 63.7; and Mazda’s new CX-5 at 34.1 and 64.8. The surprisingly huge Toyota RAV4 still leads at 36.4 and 73.
No matter the numbers, there should be ample cargo room for shoppers in this class, and the ease of use is a big win.
Ford made cargo access even easier with an optional power liftgate. Not only can the gate open with a key fob button or release of the latch, but also it has a new feature: kick your foot at the air under the rear bumper and the liftgate will open. Supposedly, this is great for people with lots of groceries in their hands who are unable to reach a fob or the latch. My yoga-class-attending wife, who saw the feature on a reality TV show promotion, thought it was the greatest idea she’d seen in some time.
Ford continues its winning ways in the styling department. The attractive package should help bring in both Escape loyalists and folks driving the competition. There isn’t much competition that can top the mileage, pe rformance, comfort, or interior size, either.