The Base trim receives a good amount of in-demand standard features, including remote keyless entry, LED headlights, an 8-inch LCD gauge cluster, a drive mode selector, an overhead console holder for sunglasses, and a 60/40-split folding second-row seatback. For connectivity, there are dual front-row USB ports (one Type-A and one Type-C) and a 12V power outlet in the center console. The base version of Ford’s SYNC 4 multimedia system unites an 8-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a six-speaker audio system, and Bluetooth for hands-free phone and audio streaming.
The default version of the Ford Co-Pilot360 driver-assist suite also comes standard. It equips this entry-level Escape with automatic high beams, pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
A power liftgate is added to the Active trim, along with other noteworthy comforts and conveniences like proximity keyless entry (Intelligent Access), push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, illuminated vanity mirrors, a wrapped steering wheel, an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a front passenger seatback pocket. Ford adds a pair of smart-charging USB ports for the second row, and SiriusXM satellite radio joins the infotainment array. Rear privacy glass helps to keep valuables safe when they must be left in the vehicle.
If you like to stand out aesthetically, consider one of the Escape’s ST-Line variants. The first version, the ST-Line, shows off a black mesh grille, roof rails, a rear skid plate, a single-wing rear spoiler, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, and red interior contrast stitching. The upgraded ST-Line Select gets LED fog lights, remote start, and heating for the side mirrors, front seats, and steering wheel.
The ST-Line Elite provides even more, with a front-end LED light bar, rain-sensing wipers, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, wireless phone charging, ambient interior lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, position memory for the side mirrors and driver’s seat, and a 6-way power-adjustable front passenger’s seat. Its infotainment system grows to 13.2 inches and adds navigation. Adaptive cruise control, lane centering, speed sign recognition, evasive steering assist, rear parking sensors, and a surround-view camera are added to the Ford Co-Pilot360 bundle.
The luxurious Platinum is similar to the ST-Line Elite, but without its bolder elements (the black mesh grille, rear skid plate, unique spoiler, flat-bottomed steering wheel, and red interior contrast stitching). In addition to everything else listed for the ST-Line Elite, the Platinum gets a HomeLink universal transceiver.
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