Disclosure: I received a car to use for one week for the purposes of this post. All opinions, thoughts and photographs are 100% my own.
My family and I were invited to go camping to close up our summer. It was the weekend before everyone headed back to school, back to schedules…back to daily life. I thought great! What a way to end summer! My husband brought me quickly down to reality…
“So, how are we gonna get there”
“We’re driving, duh.”
“So you’re gonna fit us, the two kids and all our stuff for 3 days in your tiny car?”
Hate when he makes sense but he was correct. My car was small and the 4 of us and all our stuff would have made for a very uncomfortable ride. Then, came magic. Ford reached out to me to try out one of their cars just when we needed one. I looked at their site and immediately chose the Ford Escape.
I won’t give you a full techy run down, cause honestly… me and car knowledge only extends to gas mileage and “oh I can cannot my bluetooth!” It came set up with Microsoft Sync (and yes, I could connect my bluetooth…yay Spotify!) and Sirius XM. Perfect for me to turn up and tune out the kiddos as they argue over who gets the iPad for the drive. Woo!
I am 5’2 and my husband is 6’3…on a drive that ends up being almost 4 hours in traffic, comfort is the main concern. There were no worries on our front. The seats were perfect and it was roomy enough for him to stretch out and relax and I had no issues coordinating everything to my height. The back seat was roomy enough that we had a car seat, a booster, 2 kid’s backpacks, and a picnic basket with snacks in between them both…and room to spare. They kinda loved their space.
…and our stuff for 3 days. Well… it had plenty of room too.
Normally, I am not a fan of vans/suv’s or any bigger car because of the gas. Well, the Escape pretty much laughed at me and said “In your face!” The drive to/from the camp was just under 280 miles and for the week we clocked about 420 miles. I only added half a tank in on my drive back from camping and still had just under 1/4 tank remaining. Touche, Escape… touche.
On a car this big, you expect to feel the rough roads underneath but honestly, it was smooth. Very smooth and I found myself day dreaming about driving this baby every day. It was packed with everything I wanted and gave me everything I needed, and then some. When it was time to say goodbye, I was pretty sad. Ford and I have had our issues in the past (ahem..1997 Ford Taurus clunker I owned!) but… the Escape? It was an absolute dream.