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The 2023 Ford Escape Is the Ultimate Daily Driver

A blue 2023 Ford Escape is shown from the front while driving on a winding forest road.

Having an SUV as your daily driver can come with a lot of benefits. You’ll have plenty of room for groceries, you’ll have room to carpool when needed, and you'll have the ability to hook up a smaller trailer or boat to bring with you on your weekend adventures. If you need something that can do it all, you need to look for a Ford Escape for sale. With an SUV like the 2023 Ford Escape, you can easily transition from your daily 9-5 commute to a weekend hobbyist without breaking a sweat.

The 2023 Ford Escape comes wrapped in a stylish package that is fit for any location, whether you're traveling through downtown Rhinebeck, heading into Albany for the day, or going for a scenic drive upstate. The Ford Escape is the perfect size for all of these places. It's not too big for maneuvering in the city, but it's still large enough for the whole family to be comfortable. Plus, while its gas-powered engines are efficient, you can also get this model as a hybrid for even better mileage. Let's take a look at some of the other details that make the Ford Escape a perfect match for many drivers.

The grey and black interior of a 2023 Ford Escape for sale shows the the front seating.

Stylish From Start to Stop

The 2023 Ford Escape is available in seven different trims, meaning there’s definitely something for everyone. Three of the trims are from Ford’s brand new ST-Line, which features various enhancements to engine, design, and infotainment options. Upon first glance, these models have a sleek appearance, with angles that keep the overall look softer and not as aggressive as some of the other options on the market. Ford’s pairing with the grille that is now larger and more in-your-face makes the perfect combination.

The ST-Line series of trims––which includes the ST-Line, ST-Line Select, and ST-Line Elite––features the most design upgrades and enhancements, with the ST-Line Elite marking the top of the lineup. The black mesh grille on the front paired with the single wing spoiler in the rear both provide a stylish dominant look. The ST-Line Elite includes features like a LED light bar that stretches from headlamp to headlamp across the nose of the vehicle.

Not to be outdone, the Platinum trim brings its own flair to the lineup with a heated steering wheel, which will be much appreciated during our NY winters, and accents on the instrument panel. Also available to let the sun in and let the cabin feel even more spacious is Ford’s Panoramic Vista Roof. The Vista Roof has tilt and slide, so you can let in the sunshine and fresh air on those warmer summer days.

Speaking of space, with 42.5 inches of legroom in the front and 40.7 inches in the rear, you won't have any issue with driver or passenger comfort. Not to mention, the Ford Explorer offers an excellent balance of cargo and passenger space, with 37.5 cu.ft. behind the rear seats, which can expand to 65.4 cu.ft. when you fold the seats down. This means you will have plenty of room for the kids and all of their belongings, or you can lay the seats flat and pack them up with all of the things you need for your weekend camping trip. Between exterior looks that turn heads and the interior design that offers maximum comfort, the 2023 Ford Escape offers a relaxing drive in a stylish package.

Getting Away but Staying Connected

The 2023 Ford Escape is loaded with tech features to keep you safe, connected to entertainment, and, most of all, comfortable. Base trims of the Escape include an eight-inch infotainment screen, but if you get the Active trim or above, you can opt for a larger 13.2-inch screen. These screens are easy to use, so you can quickly access all of the features the SYNC 4 operating system has to offer.

The goal of SYNC 4 is to create a seamless connection between your personal tech and your vehicle in order to make your time on the road more accessible and more entertaining. Additionally, SYNC 4 updates itself over the air, giving you the latest and greatest in fine-tuning efforts by Ford.

All trims are available to wirelessly connect to your mobile device using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, giving you access to important parts of your phone. You will also have access to your favorite virtual assistant with Amazon Alexa Built-In. With Alexa integration, you can access Amazon Prime shopping, connect to your home devices to do things like turn on lights or set the thermostat, and receive voice-activated navigation. You can also use it to control your music hands-free. Get the available wireless charging for your devices, and you will be set to go.

Speaking of listening to music, the Escape comes standard with a six-speaker stereo; however, if you are an audiophile who loves to enhance your sound, then you will want to opt for the available ten-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system with subwoofer. The commitment to connectivity makes the Escape a vehicle you find hard to leave once you’ve gotten inside, even if you’ve reached your destination.

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Confidence at All Times

If you are planning to use your SUV as your daily driver, you are going to want to get one that is packed with plenty of driver-assist features to help prevent crashes or mitigate the damage if one occurs. Thankfully, the 2023 Ford Escape has you covered. This compact SUV has earned a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, and it comes with an impressive suite of driver-assist features as a standard part of the Co-Pilot360 package.

Starting off the list of standard features is the Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, which senses vehicles or pedestrians entering your line of travel and can apply the brakes to help prevent a crash. Next up on the standard features list is the Blind Spot Information System with Rear Cross-Traffic Braking, which will alert you to vehicles in your blind zone and vehicles crossing behind you when you are backing out of a parking space or driveway. The Lane Keeping System––which consists of Lane-Keeping Aid, Lane-Keeping Alert, and Driver Alert––will keep you centered in your designated lane of travel through alerts and gentle steering correction if needed.

Co-Pilot360 also has a handful of available features you can add. Get Active Park Assist 2.0 for help with parking in parallel or perpendicular spots. Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control will allow you to set your desired speed and following distance, then will automatically make adjustments based on changes in traffic. Finally, the available Evasive Steering Assist will help you avoid collisions by providing steering support if needed.

The Escape Has All of the Basics Covered for a Well-Rounded Experience

The Ford Escape is a well-rounded vehicle. It’s more than suitable for daily driving but can still handle heading off on a weekend trip. With a design that is simultaneously relaxing in its interior while exciting on the outside, drivers can look forward to driving this compact around town. The wide range of infotainment features, including SYNC 4 and Alexa Built-In, paired with an array of driver-assist features, are just the cherry on top. Even at the Base level, it's easy to see why the 2023 Escape holds a spot as one of the best compact SUVs available to handle your daily drive.