Even families who don’t need three rows of seating can have plenty to carry, and for those folks, the new 2013 Escape has plenty of room. In fact, the next-gen crossover from Ford will offer more cargo space than the current version, along with a wealth of innovative storage solutions unavailable anywhere else.
For example, Houston Ford told us the redesigned Escape will showcase a sunglasses holder built into its overhead console, a clip for holding toll tickets and parking stubs integrated into both front-seat sun visors, a floor bin for second-row passengers, a storage compartment hidden beneath the rear-seat floor mats, a front-center console with dual USB ports and room for a 1.5-liter beverage bottle, and even dedicated umbrella storage.
According to Ford Dealership IN, the Escape also delivers easy access to its rear cargo hold, with the segment’s first hands-free power liftgate. With this nifty available feature, owners can use a “gentle kicking motion” beneath the Escape’s rear bumper to both open and close the hatch door—without need to fumble for their keys. Also, according to Ford: “The system safeguards against accidental opening by being programmed to open with leg motion— not when an animal runs underneath or when the vehicle hits a bump on the road.”
The rear seats of the Escape fold flat with just a single button, too, for a maximum cargo capacity of more than 68 cubic feet.
The 2013 Ford Escape is slated to go on sale soon with an MSRP that starts at $22,470 at Ford Dealers In Kansas City MO — just $205 more than the 2012 model.