It parks for you. It asks you where you want to go. It looks out for you when you aren’t paying attention. It keeps the kids happy. It knows what you want, when you want it. What is it? Your husband on Valentine’s Day? Close… it’s the Ford Escape. Some dream of romantic dates with the spouses, I dream of Ford. It’s a mom-pleaser.
So, why am I speaking so fondly about Ford on this day of love? Perhaps it’s because absence makes the heart grow fonder. Last week, I was permitted by the powers that be (in this case Keith Hawthorne Ford Lincoln of Charlotte & Belmont), to borrow a Ford Escape for a few days. “Yes. YES, YES, YES!” I gladly accepted.
My 2003 Toyota Highlander has seen better days. I was reminded of that when I pulled the car seats out of it to install in the brand new Ford Escape. OMG – a phrase I use rarely, but quite appropriate in this case – my car has CRUD. Like gross, nasty white-ish hued gold fish crud. Milk crud from years past. Mud from playgrounds past. Just plain ‘ol messiness. 10 years can put some wear and tear on a car. All of which made it that much better when I sat my bum in the Ford Escape.
Let the sound of angels ring out…
First off, on the cold February morning, it was cold, but my bum wasn’t. Seat warmers. Nice touch. The amenities continued: plush seats, plenty of cup holders, sleek and modern interior, and a suh-weet car computer/navigation system. I somewhat-easily synced up my iPhone and the car promptly began playing my Pandora stations, asked me where I wanted to head off to, and let me chat with my mom-pals hands-free. The only thing my 10-year-old Highlander does is complain when I turn the wheel. Sounds like a cat is dying. Let’s just say, the Ford Escape was an improvement.
The Ford Escape is mom-ready. It easily fit my (rather large) Bob stroller plus groceries. The car seats were relatively easy to install. In this case I blame the car seats not the car. (Ford – can you come up with a way to automatically install car seats? That would be awesome!) Oh, and it did have three separate latch systems in the back. So, I’m guessing that implies you could get three small-ish car seats back there.
Finally, the thing that really made me fall in love with the Ford Escape where the safety features. This car came with three features that will be essential when I make my next car purchase. Number one – the back-up camera. No backing in to other cars, toys, or God forbid, children. The camera clearly shows what is behind you, and the angle that you are going. Coolness. Number two – the rear view mirrors indicate when a car is in a potential blind spot of the car. Practical and smart. Number three – the car will automatically parallel park for you. Not being one that excels in this department, I love a car that can handle this for me!
Yes, I dream of Ford. Oh, how I miss thee, Ford Escape. I’m thinking I may have to drive down to Keith Hawthorne Ford Lincoln tonight and spend Valentine’s Night with my new love. Unless the hubs comes home with flowers. Then I may change my mind. My, how women can be fickle.