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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
The Auto Channel
ride quality is impressive in all models
Even though Ford has made modest improvements to the interior of the 2010 Ford Escape in recent model years, the interior remains a weakness; compared to rival models, it has a cut-rate feel, and materials still aren't quite up to the standards of segment leaders. The Escape is also less roomy or space-efficient than you might think, given the very boxy shape.
Inside the 2010 Ford Escape, there’s ample room for four adults. ConsumerGuide says that “while the optional sunroof cuts into headroom a bit, most adults should find more than adequate headroom. Legroom is good for most adults, though taller riders would benefit from longer seat tracks.”
Popular Mechanics reports that “ride quality is impressive in all models, and the suspension's compliance soaks up big potholes and surface irregularities surprisingly well.” ConsumerGuide also says the Escape's ride is “pleasant, given the age of its basic design. Bumps are heard more than they're felt. Some float is noticeable at highway speeds, but it's not bothersome.”
Several reviewers point out the Escape's inferior cabin materials. "Disappointing overall,” comments ConsumerGuide. “Escape's interior imparts a low-buck atmosphere with lots of hard plastic trim and odd panel textures.” Automobile Magazine, in testing a simple four-cylinder model, reports, "The fan made a bit too much noise when I sent the heat toward the floorboards instead of my face, but that isn't a deal breaker." The Automobile Magazine reviewer comments, "The very basic interior looks and feels better than those of earlier Escapes, but you won't be fooled into thinking you're in a $40,000 vehicle."
The 2010 Ford Escape just doesn't meet the standards of its peers inside; its cabin look and feel is hampered by inferior materials and trim.