The 2014 Ford Escape Titanium has more buttons and knobs on its dash than a fighter jet’s cockpit, and it’s brilliant. It’s the first thing you notice when you sit down in the car and it makes you feel like you’ve taken a seat in a high-tech wonder, which isn’t that far off the mark.
The challenge when you pack a car full of technology with buttons on the steering wheel and the dash, a touchscreen, and even a little knob taking center stage, is to keep it from becoming overwhelming. The more tech savvy look at all that stuff and break out in a grin, but to a large number of people it’s a daunting proposition.
You could think that of the 2014 Ford Escape Titanium 4WD, but only for about the first two minutes that you’re sitting in the car. Turn it on and it all lights up and you’ll notice right away that the touchscreen is simple and straightforward. Play with it for a few seconds and you’ll also find it’s very easy to navigate, even if you’ve never used the MyFord Touch system in the past.
The steering wheel buttons are well-placed and work seamlessly with the rest of the system letting you easily work your way through the various menus and options. There’s no mystery, no confusion, no secret code that you need to break in order to figure out where to find things. It all flows nicely and it just makes sense.
You can even control just how much information you see, making it more informative in just one glance or taking it down to just a few key pieces of information if that’s what makes you, the driver, more at ease.
More buttons than a fighter jet? Possibly. But the buttons on the 2014 Ford Escape Titanium 4WD all make sense within seconds so you can drive away and get on with your day.
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Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.