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Escape from the Ordinary Vehicle Options

Anyone who knows me understands that the trunk is one of the most important aspects of a car to me. So when I was invited to test drive the 2013 Ford Escape in San Francisco I was really looking forward to it.

I knew the Escape had great gas mileage, and a terrific safety record. But it was the first car I had ever driven that had a “lift assist.” If you kick your foot under the back of the car when the keys are on you,  the trunk lifts automatically. No fumbling in your purse for the keys, no putting packages on the ground while you find your keys. Not only is it convenient but it gives me a great sense of security to know I don’t have to search in my cluttered purse for my keys.

I drove this car from San Francisco down A-1 with a man who is a high tech writer. We both loved the car but for very different reasons. He pushed all the buttons and had mastered the controls in the first minutes. I was glad to be driving with someone so tech knowledge able. He seemed to appreciate the torque and feel of the road. I was glad the seats were so comfortable. When the speed limit is 15 miles per hour and it is not a school zone, that means there are serious curves ahead. I was perfectly happy to drive 15 miles around all the turns, but most of the other drivers on the trip were eager to pass us.

The seats were incredibly comfortable. Premium partial leather-trimmed heated front bucket seats (sport-styled) with 10-way power driver’s seat including power recline and lumbar adjust. The  60/40-split fold-flat rear bench with recline and fold-down center armrest makes it really easy to maximize the storage space.

This is an easy in and easy out car. The new hands-free liftgate is incredibly easy to use. With the available Intelligent Access key, just kick your foot under the bumper and the power liftgate will automatically open, providing easy access to the cargo area. The hands-free liftgate  is a class class-exclusive of small utility vehicles.

And while looks aren’t everything, this is a car with some attractive options like 19″ Luster Nickel painted alloy wheels, and  roof rack side rails with two crossbars.

We both appreciated the silent ride and enjoyed the spectacular audio system from Sony®with single-disc CD player, 10 speakers including subwoofer, and HD Radio with iTunes tagging. And who wouldn’t like an 2.0L EcoBoost® I-4 engine that gets 22/30 MPG City/Hwy. And while it wasn’t as important to Mr. Technology, I really appreciated the updates to My Ford Touch.

Ford has really been a leader in female friendly features. They have the lift assist, park assist, and more.

 

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