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If you are searching for a roomy, yet small-sized SUV, the Ford Escape is probably on your list. For all of your passenger hauling needs, you might wonder if the Ford Escape has third-row seating. We turned to Ford to find the answer.
Ford Escape does not have third-row seating. Since the Escape’s debut during 2001, it has remained a 5-passenger vehicle with second-row seating only. Ford’s new, second-row sliding seats featured on 2020 Ford Escape models push passenger comfort and cargo space to the max for this small-sized SUV.
The Ford Escape gives every passenger a comfortable ride and leaves plenty of space for cargo. Keep reading to learn the cargo volume dimensions and seating options available on the Ford Escape. If Escape still does not have what you are looking for in an SUV, we've also provided Ford models that do offer third-row seating and increased cargo capacity.
How Much Legroom Does Ford Escape Have?
2020 Ford Escape is newly equipped with second-row sliding seats. Ford achieves a best-in-class for a maximum of 40.7-inches of legroom (38.9-inches of legroom in Hybrid models). With two full sets of LATCH connectors for child safety seats, passengers of all ages will ride comfortably in the Escape.
What Kind of Seats Does Ford Escape Have?
Front bucket seats are standard on all 2020 Ford Escape models. Newly released sliding seats with 60/40 split-fold capability are standard for the second-row seats on all 2020 Escape models. Ford’s 2019 and earlier Escape models feature front row bucket seats and second-row 60/40 split-fold seats.
The base S model comes with an ebony interior in cloth upholstery. Basic comforts on the front row of Escape S include a 6-way manual adjustable driver’s seat and 4-way manual adjustable passenger seat.
Move higher on trim level and you gain options for Escape’s interior color and upholstery material. Interior color choices include ebony or sandstone on SE trims and higher. Ford’s ActiveX synthetic fabric is an upholstery option on Escape Hybrid, SEL, and Titanium trims.
Escape SE comes standard with ebony, cloth interior but increases the comfort level in the front row with heated seats and a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. The 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat is also standard on Escape Hybrid, SEL, and Titanium trims.
The utmost comfort can be found on Escape’s SEL and Titanium trim levels. Drivers take hold of the heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel as you slide into the driver’s seat adjusted with memory comfort settings. Front row seating is heated. Side-view, driver and passenger mirrors are equipped with memory to adjust. Titanium trim increases front passenger comfort with a 6-way power-adjustable seat.
How Much Cargo Space Does Ford Escape Have?
Ford Escape comfortably seats 5 passengers with ample room to spare for all of your gear. 2017, 2018, and 2019 Escape models all have 34-cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seats. Fold-down the 60/40 split-fold second-row seats to achieve a maximum of 68-cubic feet of cargo space.
Ford boasts increased cargo space on the 2020 Escape while still comfortably seating 5 passengers. Easily access the cargo area by using Ford’s Intelligent Access Key to unlock/lock the doors and liftgate. On 2020 Ford Escape models you will find 37.5-cubic feet of cargo space while the second-row seats are in use. Increase to 65.4-cubic feet of cargo space with the second-row sliding 60/40 split-fold seats folded down.
On 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid models, 30.7-cubic feet of cargo space is available while the second-row seats are in use. Sliding the second row forward increases Escape Hybrid's cargo space to 34.4-cubic feet. Folding down the 60/40 split-fold seat yields 60.8-cubic feet of cargo space.
Additional cargo spaces located throughout the Ford Escape include:
- Glove Box (front)
- Center Floor Console (front)
- Sunglasses Storage (front)
- 8 Cup Holders
- Coat Hooks (second-row)
- Map Pocket (passenger seat-back)
What Ford Cars Have 3rd Row Seating?
If the seating and cargo capability of the Ford Escape is not up to par with your hauling needs, you will be happy to learn that several of Ford’s utility vehicles come standard with third-row seating. Ford’s Vehicle Guide (2017-2018) breaks down the seating and dimensions of these spacious vehicles.
Ford’s Flex, full-sized SUV has seating capacity for 6 or 7 passengers. Standard are front row bucket seats, second-row 60/40 split-fold bench seats, and third-row seats to accommodate passengers and cargo with various configurations. Ford Flex has a maximum cargo volume of 83.2-cubic feet.
Aside from a few, mild styling changes the Flex has been largely unchanged since 2009. It is uncertain whether Ford Flex models will continue beyond 2020 as Ford’s Expedition and Explorer have taken a stronghold of the sport-utility market.
Ford’s Explorer, mid-sized SUV seats 6 or 7 passengers comfortably. Front row bucket seats, optional second-row captain’s or 60/40 split-fold bench seats, and third-row 50/50 split-fold bench seats accommodate passengers. Optional second-row heated seats and PowerFold assist features are available on higher trim levels.
Ford Explorer has a maximum of 81.7-cubic feet of cargo volume in 2019 and earlier models. Ford increased the maximum cargo volume of the 2020 Explorer to 87.8-cubic feet.
Ford’s Expedition, largest SUV seats 7 or 8 passengers with various configurations. Front captain’s seats, optional second-row captain’s or 40/20/40 split-fold reclining bench seats, and third-row 60/40 fold-flat-to-the-floor seats provide optimal passenger comfort with plenty of cargo room to spare. PowerFold and Power Recline come standard for third-row seating on the 2020 Expedition.
The Ford Expedition has a tremendous amount of cargo volume at a maximum of 104.6-cubic feet for 2017 through 2020 models. A long wheelbase on the Expedition MAX over exceeds cargo expectations with 121.5-cubic feet maximum cargo volume.
Ford Transit Connect
Ford’s Transit Connect Passenger Wagon offers the most diverse seating arrangements for 5, 6, or 7 passengers. Short wheelbase (SWB) and long-wheelbase (LWB) models are available.
Transit Connect SWB accommodates 5 passengers with front row bucket seats and second-row 60/40 fold-and-tumble seats.
Transit Connect LWB (XL, XLT, and Titanium) accommodates 6 passengers with front row bucket seats, second-row fold-flat bucket seats, and third-row manual 4-way fold-flat bucket seats. Optional second-row 60/40 fold-and-tumble seats increase the Transit Connect Passenger Wagon’s seating capacity to 7 passengers.
The maximum cargo volume of the 2020 Transit Connect Passenger Wagon and earlier models will vary slightly depending on your choice of SWB or LWB. A maximum cargo volume of 77.6-cubic feet can be found on the Transit Connect SWB model. A maximum cargo volume of 106-cubic feet can be found on the Transit Connect LWB model.
Now that you know the Ford Escape's seating and cargo capabilities and have taken a look at Ford's other people movers, you are on the right track toward selecting the Ford best suited for you.
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