For the past couple of weeks we’ve had the chance to test drive the 2013 Ford Escape. We were really excited about this opportunity because our SUV is on its last legs and we will soon be in the market to replace it. Driving the Escape for an extended period allowed us to see how it would fit into our family on a daily basis and whether it would be the right car for us.

When it arrived, I was immediately smitten. It’s a beautiful shade of blue – my favorite color!

Ford EscapeIt’s a nice size and isn’t overly large or difficult to handle but at the same time has lots of room for a family of four. The space in the backseat is nice. We like that the kids have plenty of leg room and aren’t kicking us all the time.

Ford Escape BackseatWe also like that the backseat has it’s own air vents. It’s difficult to keep the front and back seats acclimated with just one set of vents in the front, so this is a wonderful feature.

Ford Escape Back SeatThe trunk is huge. This picture below is it packed with camping chairs. We drove it out to the Warrior Dash and our parents and the kids needed places to sit to cheer us on while we ran through the mud. With all the trunk space the Escape would be a wonderful road trip vehicle and we wouldn’t feel on top of each other or have to pack things in at the kids’ feet.

Ford Escape TrunkI love the controls in the steering wheel. It makes it so much easier to tune the radio, scroll through the satellite stations, set the cruise control, or use the Bluetooth functions.

Ford Escape ReviewThe display screen in the console is favorite as well. It’s very large and easy to see. The navigation is clear and crisp and the touch screen makes it simple to input your destination and to follow the on screen directions.

Ford Escape NavigationThe ability to connect our phones through Bluetooth is so convenient as well. In just a few steps our phones were connected and whenever a call came in we could answer it and talk through the Escape’s speakers. It’s easy to access the info on our phones too, we can see battery life, signal strength, contact list, and more all through the display screen without having to pick up our phones.

Ford Escape Bluetooth

“Steve’s Phone” came already set up. We don’t know Steve.

We also liked the climate controls on the display. It’s very convenient and the touch screen makes it simple to set the heat, air, temperature, or fan just where you need it most.

Ford Escape Climate ControlOther features that we really enjoy include the outlets inside the center console and the plug in the base of the same console. All of these options make it possible to keep all of our devices charged and we never have to worry about that dreaded “Low Battery” warning.

Ford Escape Console

Ford Escape OutletThe size of the vents in the front is nice too. They really cool us down or heat us up quick.

Ford Escape VentThere were a few things we thought could be improved with this model of the Escape. They are minor, but if fixed would make the vehicle even better.

The seat belt buckles in the backseat are so far down into the seat that Kora and Logan, who have been buckling their own seat belts for a year or two now, can’t get the seat belt to click in properly. I also thought the lack of a trunk button on the keyfob was bothersome. If my hands are full it’s nice to use the keyfob instead of having to juggle and balance everything to push the button on the trunk to open and close it. I also didn’t like that there was no dial to scroll through the Sirius satellite radio stations. We have to push a button down to click through each station. If we are in the hundreds and want to get back down to one of the low numbers it takes forever.

Overall we have enjoyed our time with 2013 Ford Escape and while a model up would probably be better suited for us, we are adding it to our list of top five favorites. It’s a wonderful vehicle with lots of space, that’s easy to drive, and the various models offer plenty of options to please everyone.