2013 Ford Escape: Car Seat Check


The Ford Escape was long overdue for a redesign, having the same look since its 2001 introduction. With the 2013 model, Ford found styling inspiration for the compact crossover in its Fiesta and Focus cars. The redesigned five-seater has plenty of competition in the crossover segment. Unlike some of its competitors, the Escape's second row doesn't slide forward and back, but the seatbacks do recline for easier child-safety-seat installation.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.


The front seats are adjusted to a comfortable position for a 6-foot driver and a 5-foot-8 passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver's seat, and the infant seat and convertible seats are installed behind the passenger seat. We also install the convertible seat in the second row's middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit. If there's a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible.

Here's how the 2013 Escape did in Cars.com's Car Seat Check:


Latch system: The Escape has two sets of lower Latch anchors in the outboard seats. Parents should have no problems finding them because they stick out from the seat cushions and are easy to use. The three tether anchors, which are at the bottom of the second row's seatbacks, are also easy to use.


Booster seat: The high-back booster seat fit well in the Escape because of its flat seat cushions. The seat belt buckles are on stable bases, making them easier for kids to use independently.


Convertible seat: The forward-facing convertible fit well after we removed the head restraint. To fit the rear-facing convertible, we had to move the front passenger seat forward about two inches. The front passenger had enough legroom to sit comfortably.


Infant-safety seat: As with the rear-facing convertible, we had to move the front passenger seat forward about two inches to fit the rear-facing convertible in the backseat.


How many car seats fit in the second row? Two, but three might fit it narrow car seats are used.

Editor's note: For three car seats — infant-safety seat, convertible and booster seats — to fit in a car, our criterion is that a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat.

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When you are installing the rear facing convertible in these car seat checks are you making sure the angle of the seat is correct? I've had to roll towels and put it under the base to get it correct but I've never seen that done in these checks.

Jennifer Geiger, Editor at Cars.com

Yes, we use the level embedded in the car seat and make sure it's in the green. If we have an issue getting it to sit on the seat at the correct angle, we mention it in the post. This sometimes happens when the seats are heavily bolstered. Our infant seat (Graco SnugRide 30) has an adjustable foot, which helps.


Your convertible seat doesn't have a level in it and most don't. They print a line and tell us it needs to be horizontal and then the seat is at the right angle which from what I've read is 45 degrees. I can't see it in your picture of the rear facing convertible seat but the line is probably parallel to the yellow "warning" sticker. If that's the case then shouldn't the seat be tilted even further? It looks too upright.

Jennifer Geiger, Editor at Cars.com

Our infant seat has the level, the convertible has the line and the angle depends on the child. Newborns should be at a 45 degree angle. As the child grows, becomes heavier and can hold his head erect, the angle can be decreased to 30 degrees.


Why is the car seat not installed in the center position of the back seat (the safest place)? I have heard that manufacturers are not putting in a latch system in this position, but only in the outboard positions. If you try to install a seat in the center by using the two latches closest to the center, there is considerable "give" in case of impact. Can you confirm this seemingly bad idea?


Pamela, yes! Bad idea! There is no latch system in the middle of these vehicles, and you cannot safely install in the middle using the outer latches (the ones meant for the left and right seats).
The owner's manual indicates the same. :)


So does the rear seat need to be in the full upright position before installing forward-facing car seats? The last sentence in the first paragraph makes it sound like the seats should be reclined, and I just don't see how a high-back booster could be installed in reclined a reclined seat.

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