Building on its already impressive array of core passenger protection elements, Ford
is upping the roster of standard and available safety and convenience features on both the conventional and hybrid
versions of its compact Escape SUV
for 2010. On sale this summer, all 2010 Escape models will get Integrated Spotter Mirrors that use small convex elements in the upper outer corners to compensate for a driver's blind spot in addition to their existing AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, Safety Canopy with front/front-side and side-curtain airbags and tire-pressure monitoring systems. On XLT and higher trims, a new MyKey feature allows parents to limit both the maximum vehicle speed and radio volume when a younger driver is behind the wheel. Other new options include a Rear View Camera system, Active Park Assist that uses ultrasonic sensing to parallel park the vehicle and the latest iteration of SYNC with real-time Traffic, Directions and Information capabilities. The current Escape has best-in-class five-star crash ratings from the U.S. government and was named one of KBB.com's 2009 Best New Family Vehicles.