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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
Escape's interior imparts a low-buck atmosphere
doesn't feel horribly cheap, especially given the reasonable $20,000 sticker price
the firmer new foam is an improvement over earlier seats
ride quality is impressive in all models
It saw a near-complete renovation in the 2008 model year, and the Ford Escape still has good interior space compared to its rivals. The inexpensive-looking fit and finish are a step down from the best vehicles in the segment, though.
Four adults will find plenty of seating room inside the 2011 Escape. Even with an optional sunroof, the head room in the front seat and even in the back bench are at least adequate. The seats themselves were reshaped during the last rounds of improvements, and their cushions are a little more firm, and are arranged a bit better than the flat-backed seats you'd have found in earlier editions. Longer seat tracks for the front passenger chairs would be welcome, but that would probably mean a little less leg room for the rear seat--and it's not overwhelming in its space, though it's not bad.
The cargo hold delivers 29 cubic feet of storage space, which is more than many more expensive crossovers--think Acura RDX, Land Rover LR2 and the like.
The glaring issue inside the Escape's cabin isn't room, it's fit and finish, and even then, more on the finish side. The interior styling itself looks fine: the plastics used almost everywhere that give this ute a slight downmarket feel. It's partly an age factor at work, but given the extreme makeover we've seen inside the Dodge Journey, the Escape's cabin is disappointing.
Cargo and passenger space are some of the 2011 Ford Escape's strengths; plasticky trim is a weakness.