Comfort and Quality » 7
QUALITY | 7 out of 10
Cabin is roomy, but in terms of comfort and space the Escape is starting to feel its age
Rear seats fold in a 60/40 split to increase cargo capacity
Still doesn't match the levels of refinement offered by many of its small SUV and hybrid competitors
Kelley Blue Book
The 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid is a midsize SUV that offers seating for five. While the Escape Hybrid is comfortable enough overall, the latest generation loses points for its subpar materials quality.
Inside the Escape Hybrid's ample passenger cabin are seatbelts for five, and reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that the Escape Hybrid is still comfortable even when all five are in use. Edmunds calls the cabin "roomy, but in terms of comfort and space the Escape is starting to feel its age." Reviewers at ConsumerGuide can't really tell, though, as they find "more than adequate headroom" up front, along with "comfortably supportive seats" and "good" legroom. Edmunds takes exception to the seating position, however, contending that "the seating position is too tall, which gives the driver the feeling of hovering above the controls." Rear-seat room is surprisingly good; ConsumerGuide calls the rear accommodations "another Escape strong point." Edmunds agrees on this count, claiming there is "suitable space for average-sized adults," and ConsumerGuide believes that "three adults will fit for short trips."
The 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid benefits from a slightly larger cargo area compared to last year's model, and Kelley Blue Book raves about the "greater utility and capability." When the second row of seats is in place, Edmunds says that the cargo area "can accommodate 28 cubic feet of luggage." If that's not enough, Cars.com reports that "the rear seats fold in a 60/40 split to increase cargo capacity" to a cavernous 65 cubic feet. Inside the passenger compartment, ConsumerGuide observes that "small-item storage includes several bins, cubbies, and map pockets in all four doors."
Ford's latest Escape Hybrid has a lot going for it, but reviews read by TheCarConnection.com invariably bring up build and materials quality as the Escape Hybrid's sore points. Kelley Blue Book laments that the latest Escape Hybrid "doesn't match the levels of refinement offered by many of its small SUV and hybrid competitors." ConsumerGuide simply deems the materials "disappointing overall," and remarks that the interior "imparts a low-buck atmosphere." The story's not all bad, however-on the new Escape, Ford makes the eco-friendly decision to use "seat fabric [that] is constructed of 100-percent recycled material," according to Kelley Blue Book reviewers.
Despite the complaints about the build and materials quality, reviewers report that the cabin is well isolated from wind and road noise. Kelley Blue Book attributes the hushed interior to "thicker carpeting and laminated glass." ConsumerGuide's test drive reveals that "wind and road noise are present" inside the Ford Escape Hybrid, "but are not in significant quantity to be overly bothersome."
The 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid high-utility body style provides more space than most hybrids, but materials quality could be a deal-breaker.