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Expect to pay a bigger monthly premium for this level of on-the-road connectivity
Travel Link also does a whole bunch of other cool stuff
Car and Driver
complicates some functions by requiring multiple button and/or touch-screen presses
Just as Ford ups the ante for safety by offering more high-tech safety gear, the automaker doesn't disappoint in its list of entertainment and convenience options. The 2010 Ford Escape includes some very exciting tech features, but most are either somewhat pricey options or not available on the base models.
The SYNC interface in the 2010 Ford Escape is still likely the coolest entertainment and communications-related feature in the compact-crossover class. “Sync comes standard on Escape Limited and Escape Hybrid Limited models, and is optional on all other models," says Popular Mechanics, adding that the voice-activated nav system “uses Sirius Travel Link, which includes such goodies as weather maps, movie listings and a fuel-finder system that locates and sorts nearby gas stations by price, location and brand.”
“Travel Link also does a whole bunch of other cool stuff such as locating the cheapest and closest gas stations and linking with the nav system to get you there, or hooking up with your cell phone to make restaurant reservations," reports Car and Driver. "The system will let you watch a DVD (while parked, of course), rip MP3s to the 10-gig hard drive, and upload family photos to use as wallpaper." But they caution, “Expect to pay a bigger monthly premium for this level of on-the-road connectivity.”
ConsumerGuide warns that while the navigation system absorbs most audio controls, “it complicates some functions by requiring multiple button and/or touch-screen presses for some simple tasks. Redundant steering-wheel buttons and voice programming via Ford's Sync system help.”
The 2010 Ford Escape has a very attractive entry price, but to get the most desirable options, you'll have to pay a lot more.