2012 Ford Escape Interior Review

The interior of the 2012 Ford Escape doesn’t necessarily wow, but it’s generally attractive and functional.
Written by Abbey Orzech
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The 2012 Ford Escape interior, while generally functional and appealing, didn’t wow any crowds when it first came out and likely seems even more unimpressive when compared to the stocked interiors of crossover SUVs today. 
While getting to know what’s under a vehicle’s hood and wrapped around the wheels can be a fun way to learn more about your car, the interior of a vehicle can make all the difference in drive satisfaction. When it comes to the 2012 Ford Escape, though, drivers are unlikely to feel an enormous sense of wonder and luxury as they step inside. 
But that doesn’t mean that it’s not functional enough to get the job done, and for some folks, a basic and tidy interior is preferred. Before you buy a vehicle and choose a
car insurance
plan, let’s cruise around the 2012 Ford Escape interior so you can decide if it’s right for you. 
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2012 Ford Escape interior

At its market debut, the 2012 Ford Escape base XLS trim was selling for around $22,000. In the compact crossover SUV class of its day, the 2012 Escape price was relatively middling. Today, you could easily buy a used 2012 Escape for less than half of the original MSRP. 
But for the price it fetched in its prime, the base 2012 Ford Escape didn’t give you all that much to get excited about. Let’s tour some of the key interior features outlined below. 


Inside the 2012 Ford Escape, you’ll find seating for five passengers. The front two bucket seats are decently comfortable with four-way adjustments and standard cloth upholstery. Move to the rear seat, though, and you’ll come across a flat-bottomed, unmoving bench that won’t be comfortable for long stretches of time. 
If you were looking for any real creature comforts in the seating, you’ll need to opt for a higher
trim level
or upgrade package. The XLT trim offers a six-way power adjustable driver seat, and optional leather upholstery and heated front seats. The 2010 Ford Escape Limited would get the leather and heated seats as standard equipment. 
Interior dimensions
Total passenger volume
99.5 cubic feet
Front headroom
40.4 inches
Front legroom
41.6 inches
Front shoulder room
56.6 inches
Front hip room
53.3 inches
Second-row headroom
39.2 inches
Second-row legroom
35.6 inches
Second-row shoulder room
55.9 inches
Second-row hip room
49.1 inches
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The technology features in the 2012 Ford Escape are relatively lackluster when compared to the competition of the time, and definitely bare-bones when compared to some of the stocked-full interiors of today’s crossover SUVs. 
If you stick with the base XLS trim, you’ll get just power windows,
cruise control
, AM/FM radio with a CD player, and an auxiliary audio input for its four-speaker audio system. Noticeably lacking
, USB ports, and satellite radio, the 2012 Escape was a bit criticized in its day. 
But the Escape tech stepped up some as you stepped up the trim line. Some available add-ons to encourage a high-tech feeling included:
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror 
  • Ambient interior lighting 
  • Ford’s SYNC voice-activated infotainment system
  • Six- or seven-speaker audio systems
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control 
  • Rear parking sensors and rear view camera
  • Parallel-parking assist
  • Rear-seat entertainment 
  • Navigation 


Another area where the 2012 Ford Escape met but didn’t necessarily exceed expectations is the storage space. You’ll find 31.4 cubic feet behind the rear seats, and if you fold down the back bench you’ll get a roomy 67.2 cubic feet of cargo space. Overall, it’s good for a compact SUV—but some of the 2012 competition had it beat. 


Maybe you’re not particularly interested in the exact cubic-foot measurement of the trunk or the type of tech you may find, and are instead concerned about the vibe of the 2012 Ford Escape interior. Let’s talk style points. 
Overall, the interior is clean and tidy without a lot of clutter on the dash or center stack. There aren’t a ton of plush and lush interior trimmings so it can feel a bit geometric (dare I say severe?) in there. Since it’s a crossover SUV, the cabin is spacious so you won’t be cramped, but the non-adjustable rear seats ensure the layout will stay pretty much the same. 
Depending on the trim level you’re looking at, the 2012 Ford Escape interior can be attractive and neat with just enough creature comforts to see you through your commutes
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