by Candace Derickx
Last spring I had the pleasure of test driving a Ford Flex. It has since become my dream car. I totally, TOTALLY, fell in love with it. So, in the months following, all other vehicles I’ve looked at have left me feeling rather unimpressed. That is until I test drove the Ford Escape in December.
And I shouldn’t have been surprised. Ford has really been raising the bar in the last few years on their vehicles and the innovation is pretty cool. Like this very cool way to get your trunk open.
Seriously?! Right? Why didn’t someone think of this before because I, for one, live in the world of “two-hands full” every single day.
What else did I love about the Ford Escape? Well, a lot of the same features that I found on the Flex, like hands free phone, GPS, how many kilometres I had until empty, heated seats and an incredibly huge sunroof that made me feel like I was driving in a convertible in the winter. I had 5 people piled in for the weekend for a road trip to a Cheerleading competition and we had room to spare. Not as much as the Flex mind you but a very comfortable ride. Also, the Escape wins for fuel efficiency (no shocker there) and price point, coming in at around half of the Flex I drove.
What didn’t I like? My mini-van, that I loathe more than anything, has one feature I wish every vehicle had. Adjustable petals. As a “vertically-challenged” individual, I always find I’m sitting way too close the steering wheel. It also makes me nervous being that close to the air-bag should it ever deploy. So, not really a condemnation of the Escape itself but rather something I wish they would do in all vehicles. Other than that, I found the Ford Escape had a lot more blind spots than I’m used to driving a mini-van or the Flex.
Ultimately, the Ford Flex is still my dream vehicle, but I have to say, the Ford Escape would be a very pleasant reality.