2012 Ford Escape Features

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Hybrids and gas Escape models alike can be fitted with the most up-to-date infotainment features in the class, which ends up being the Escape's saving grace: you can control the audio system and your phone through the SYNC system, plug in your iPod via USB to access your personal music library, or dial up some Sirius satellite radio for beamed-in radio--or traffic information, sports scores and weather reports.

Base versions can be quite lean in their standard equipment, but all include the usual power features, cruise control, and an AM/FM/CD player. Additionally, leather seats, a sunroof, remote start, navigation, HD Radio and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system are major options on higher trim levels, but the new MyFord Touch system, which replaces many buttons with touchscreen commands, isn't offered on the Escape.

There's nothing dated about the 2012 Ford Escape's feature set; several of its options are tech standouts in its class.

The Escape also can be fitted with an Active Park Assist function that uses cameras, sensors and the electronic power steering system to steer into a parallel parking spot by itself, while the driver rides the brake pedal as a precaution.

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