SHARP TURNS – Escape the sedan

2013-12-20T00:00:00Z SHARP TURNS – Escape the sedanMATT SHARP nwitimes.com
December 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

I have been reviewing sedans for months now to help our readers that are in the market for cars. In case you haven’t been reading every week, I have gone over all kinds of different makes and models of sedans, but today I decided it was time to ‘shift gears’ to the crossovers and SUVs of the world. Crossovers are becoming bigger and bigger nowadays, especially the ones that are eco friendly and get good gas mileage. The Ford Escape is good example of a crossover that has made a name for itself.

Ford.com describes the Escape. “The Ford Escape has an eco-friendly side. Seat cushion and head restraint foam, for example, is derived from soybeans. Carpet in all models is produced using a blend of postindustrial fibers and postconsumer fibers derived from recycled plastic bottles. Even the shape of the Escape and the use of the Active Grille Shutters help make the vehicle more aerodynamic for enhanced fuel economy. And the Escape offers two available EcoBoost engines designed to make efficient use of power and fuel.”

Ford uses a kinetic approach to design the Escape with several design cues that jump out at you when you lay eyes on it. Starting with a prominent trapezoidal-shaped lower grille and sculpted wheel arches, then going down the side with the Z-shaped lines and finishing with the sporty spoiler and bright dual exhaust tips.

The designers of the Escape did all they can do to make the best use of available interior space to enhance not only passenger comfort, but cargo-carrying utility as well. Depending on what model choice you may choose, you can get cloth seating surfaces or leather-trimmed heated front seats.

To help keep eyes on the road and stay connected to the world, Ford put Sync with MyFord Touch inside the Escape. Sync runs through the touch screen at the top of the center stack in the middle of the vehicle. It allows hands-free calling, voice-controlled music browsing, automated text message relay, and can be used for emergency situations to dial 911. You can also access navigation and some of your favorite social media sites.

The technology doesn’t stop there; it goes on to continue to keep you safe with BLIS. BLIS stands for blind spot information system to help make driving more convenient. If a car is in your blind spot then the system alerts you with an indicator light in the appropriate side view mirror. BLIS can help you with changing lanes, along with the Lane-Keeping System to help keep you in your lane. There is a camera mounted behind the windshield that watches the road lane markings to determine the vehicle position and detect a lane departure or not. If you happen to go outside of your lane with out your turn signal on, the car will warn you through a series of steering wheel vibrations, which mimic a rumble strip. The optional feature called active park assist virtually parallel parks your Escape for you, which comes in handy if you work in or are just visiting the city. Also available is the hands-free foot-activated lift gate that lets you open up the back by just waving your foot under the vehicle.

The Escape gets an estimated 26-MPG, can tow up to 3,500-lb, and has an intelligent 4WD system that monitors your traction for you. The price on this vehicle is well worth what you are receiving, for the Escape S it starts at about $22,000, and for the highest model the Titanium it starts at about $28,000.

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