The intention of my one week trial was to see how the Ford Escape would hold up to a busy family of 5. Well let me tell you it exceeded my expectations and more!
The Ford Escape is not only a very smart, sleek and sexy car but the safety, functionality and space it offered to our family this week superseded what any car or minivan ever offered us before. This 5 passenger "SMART" car had every feature you could imagine except for the feature that drives the car for you.
When it comes to vehicles, size does matter! Every family needs a large vehicle with lots of interior passenger space and storage but no one wants to feel like they are driving a bus. The Ford Escape offers tons of space for all passengers. You would expect that the front seats had ample space but I was shocked when my 3 tween kids fit in the back seat with tons of room between them even with their winter coats on. I actually did a test myself and sat in the back to see how an adult would feel and I had about 5inches of space between my knees and the front seat. More then enough room to fit 2 car seats and a passenger. The trunk space was a complete surprise! There was approximately 12 square feet of trunk space which was perfect for grocery shopping, school bags, sports bags and more. As a mom of twins, fitting a double stroller was one of my biggest concerns when our kids were small and this vehicle would definitely have more then enough room for a double stroller, diaper bag, playpen and groceries! When I first saw this vehicle, I thought it was so "cute & compact" but once I got inside it felt so spacious. Ford seems to have mastered the optical allusion of making big things look smaller!
Not only did this vehicle provide ample space for my family but the Ford Escape is also every techy's dream car. It truly is the smart car of the next generation. It has a keyless entry and push button start. Its touchscreen voice activated computer system located in the center front dash was not only an entertainment system but also a built in GPS, Bluetooth, rear camera and incredibly it even had wifi capability. The Bluetooth system links to your phone to not only offer hands free talking but also hands free texting. This smart car will read and write texts for you, its like having your personal assistant in the car with you at all times. This "My Ford Touch" system even allows you to control things like car temperature using your voice or the 5-way controls on your steering wheel. My favorite smart feature had to be the kick sensor to open and close the trunk and unfortunately it was my kids favorite too! Imagine 5 of standing in the rain taking turns at opening the trunk and trying to figure out how it all worked. Like I said, this car has everything except an automatic driver!
Lastly but most importantly, every families biggest concern is safety. I felt completely safe in this vehicle. The drivers seat houses a front, side and knee airbag system. All passengers are protected with a safety canopy and side curtain airbags. Every passenger has a 3 point safety belt restraint with adjustable head restraints which is ideal for young children. The reverse sensing system with camera makes it easier for backing up and parking and also includes an audible noise system when there is something or someone to close to the back AND front of the car. This is an amazing feature for parents with curious young children who may not understand the danger of being around a vehicle in motion.
Now don't just think this is a mommy mobile. My husband took the car for a test drive and he LOVED IT!
"Wow, a lot of room in here!"
"This is nice"
"Good pickup and lots of power"
"Pretty good on gas too!"
"OMG, does it have a fax in here too?"
Just a few key things I heard him say! LOL
After my week long adventure with the 2013 Ford Escape Titanium, I wonder if any other vehicle will ever measure up. This car fulfilled my expectations and desires of the perfect family vehicle. It passed my 3 S's: Space, Smarts and Safety and definitely gets a 2 thumbs up from me. My only disappointment with this vehicle is that I had to give it back! Congratulations to FORD for listening to their customers!
Looking for a family car...consider the Ford Escape Titanium! And when you get it, can I come for a ride?