The Escape doesn’t like to advertise its SUV credentials, but it wears its shape well. A tall profile is balanced by a sloping roofline, with a stylish front end and just enough ruggedness around the wheel wells. Seats are supportive, and the cabin is spacious enough for most. The 34 cubic feet of cargo space expands to 68 with the rear seats down. Aside from the base trim, the Escape is well equipped and easily customizable, with a smartphone-friendly infotainment system.
The Escape’s age is more noticeable on the interior. An aggressive dash design encroaches on passenger room but looks dated, and the button-heavy console doesn’t help. We like how supportive the front seats are, but they may be too firm for some tastes.
While the NHTSA gives the Escape a five-star overall score, the IIHS rated the Escape “Poor” for passenger-side small-overlap protection. Active safety tech is available on all trims except the base, but it’s a $995 option.