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A Country (Music) Road Trip in a Ford Escape Titanium
Best for:A 4- or 5-member family, or over-packing honeymooners, like my husband, Mr. Bow, and I
Will make you feel like:A solid, yet stylish individual
Ease of parking (from 1 to 5/impossible):2.5—the rearview camera helped with parallel parking in this small SUV. (It also helped because we often couldn't see out the back window due to the amount of stuff we brought for the wedding and honeymoon!) One note: The too-close-to-something sensors areverysensitive. At one point, they emitted a beeping noise—for about 30 seconds—while we were stuck in New York rush-hour gridlock leaving the city. They also went off while parking in fairly normal-size spots, like at this one near Memphis's world-famous Beale Street. (Check out some Memphis highlights next.)
The Escape Titanium is a sipper of an SUV. Thanks to the eco-boost package, it averaged 23 miles per gallon over 11 days, nearly 100 hours and more than 2,900 miles of driving—much of it in the hilly terrain of the Appalachians. (Here, the Escape Titanium is in front of Christopher Place, a gracious bed-and-breakfast overlooking the Smoky Mountains, where we stayed the first night of our honeymoon.)
Jennifer Garner. In the Escape's on-trend Deep Impact Blue (which matched my Essie Aruba Blue toenails!), mom-of-three Jennifer wouldn't be lost (or lose it) among the neutral-colored carpooling pack.
See above—Mr. Bow and I set out from New York City loaded down with way too much luggage and supplies, including enough camping gear for a family of 6! We put it all to good use the night we stayed in picturesque Harrison Bay State Park midway between Dollywood (highlights next) and Nashville.
Medium. My husband and I may or may not have had words, multiple times, about how to best use the AC controls in the Escape Titanium. (He preferred "Auto" while I liked to manually change the fan speed.) That said, the touch screen was intuitive and responsive. Changing the clock between EST and CST when crossing time zones was a cinch. And we regularly toggled between live radio, Sirius radio, Bluetooth Pandora or Spotify playlists as well as accepted and made phone calls. On the driver's side, it was at-a-scan visible how many miles we'd traveled, how much gas was in the tank (down to the mile!), when Cruise Control was on, etc.
By Nashville (highlights next), our adventures included: safely scaling and descending the almost-vertical, partly gravel road leading to the house where we got married in the North Carolina mountains. Not a feat for mere mortal cars, I assure you! We also smoothly cruised the winding hills of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. At one point Mr. Bow turned to me, as we zipped down a somewhat steep stretch, and said, "Wouldn't it suck if our breaks went out?" Uh,yes! Luckily, I never had a doubt that the Escape would respond with confidence, whether breaking or accelerating.
The closer we got to the Mississippi Delta, where the temperature hovered around 95 degrees, the more heated the car AC-control battle became (pun intended)—though, ultimately, we stayed plenty coolinsidethe car. Hitting rain when leaving Louisville for our last honeymoon destination in West Virginia, let us see how the SUV handled in inclement weather: without a single swerve. The wipers even turned on automatically when sensing rain! (Here, the SUV is parked at the super-cool, semi-open-to-the-public 21c Museum Hotel Louisville.)
How did the Escape perform overall? Excellently. We both were comfortable sitting in the well-padded, leather seats for hours at a time. And I especially enjoyed the adjustable lumbar support for driving. A word of warning: We ended up love-hating the hands-free liftgate and helpful button for closing the back door. Loved them, because they did the work for us. Hated them, because we accidentally didn't wait to see if the gate was latched one time before driving off—and dropped a suitcase out of the back (don't worry, it was on a residential street!).
Still, if you're looking for a vehicle with good safety features, fuel efficiency, plenty of comfort and a little dash of coolness, consider the .
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