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Day by Day Review: 2013 Ford Escape SE 4WD car test drives ford daily car reviews
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I’ve noticed that a lot of the vehicles I have been reviewing lately have been a lot of the same: the interior is good—not offensive, but not great—everything is placed well and things just tick along. The Escape, though, has me intrigued, as Ford has made a lot of bold moves with this new design. Some of them work; others I’m not so sure of.

For instance, the windshield is absolutely massive and because of this, you get a very clear view of the road in front. It’s spectacular, actually, and the higher you sit in the driver’s seat the better the view becomes. The narrower-than-normal A-pillars are unobtrusive, and this makes the Escape really easy to drive and see out of.

Day by Day Review: 2013 Ford Escape SE 4WD car test drives ford daily car reviews
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Ford’s recent foray into touchscreens and MyFord Touch has been hit and miss, but the Escape seems to offer a good blend of touchscreen and manual controls. The HVAC system in my tester has auto climate control, so it’s pretty hands off, and the heated seats have a nice manual dial on the centre console, and they work wonderfully.

But the ergonomics of some of the buttons, especially when required to use the touchscreen itself, is a little off. The buttons on the steering wheel are oddly placed and difficult to use, and I would prefer three separate buttons instead of just one toggle switch for the cruise control, as I’ve accidentally turned off cruise when I meant to set it.

When not playing around with navigation or radio controls, the seating position is comfortable and headroom is plentiful. Rear head and leg room is also very generous, while the fold flat seats offer good cargo capacity when extra space is required.




About James Bergeron

James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. He is also a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).