Solid, sophisticated, and athletic, the fun-to-drive Ford Escape delivers agile handling and a taut, yet supple ride. Its cabin is one of the quietest in the class. Overall, this small SUV feels more substantial than most of the competition. With its long list of desirable and high-tech options, a well-equipped Escape feels like a competitor to some luxury-branded small SUVs. Just keep in mind that it's not the roomiest in the class, and that the refinement comes with a hefty sticker price.
A freshening brought easier-to-use controls and enhanced crash protection.