The 2023 Ford Escape, which has been updated, checks performance-oriented checks that it can really cash,

but its interior is underwhelming and uncomfortable, failing to meet basic standards.

In our recent comparison of six compact SUVs, the Escape we tested—the top-of-the-line ST-

Line Elite trim level—came in last, although there are many more cars in this class.

More appropriately, the Escape is a mid-pack option; while its 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine's

performance and fuel efficiency are desirable features, competitors in the class are more adept at becoming SUVs.