Although the Ford Escape is now the No. 8 Compact SUV in our Ultimate Rankings,

it hasn't been at the top of its class for a while, but every time we drive one, we're pleasantly pleased.

There's an innate sweetness about the Escape, even if it always seems a little old.

Ford upgraded the Escape's technology for 2023, but it seems that the project ran out of money before it could be completed.

Two displays, bigger and more user-friendly than anything else in the class, showcase the new features.

In comparison to rival models from Honda and Toyota, the Escape seems significantly more technologically advanced when paired with the optional head-up display.