For me, a new Ford Escape is personal. Our 2002 model was simply the best car we’ve ever owned.
With its optional V-6, it was powerful, it was as maneuverable as a go-kart and it had an interior that simply could not possibly have fit inside what looked like a smallish sport utility on the outside. Tough grey plastic cladding on the bottom gave that original Escape a rough and read, youthful look and it brushed off road debris without trouble.
There’s a good reason buyers have made it the best-selling small SUV on the market. It may have been a box, but it just worked.
But now Ford has built a new Escape, with swoopier styling, new powertrain options and a modern interior. The question is whether this new Escape can live up to or improve on one of the most useful vehicles of its size ever made.
Let’s take a look.