Ford gave its Escape compact crossover just a few adjustments for the 2023 mannequin 12 months in a mid-cycle refresh. One factor Ford cannot change, nevertheless, is simply how goldarn thirsty I’m on a regular basis. With the numerous ounces of water I pound each day, I want a container that may carry all of it as a intermediary to my dry, dry gullet. For me, that is a 32-ounce Nalgene (although I do typically rock the comically tall 48-ounce model). For others, that may be a Yeti, Stanley or another outsized bottle. The model would not matter … if it is enormous, it’s extremely doubtless you will have hassle discovering a cupholder that may accommodate it in your car. That is why I doc my Nalgene tribulations, so we all know which vehicles finest foster an surroundings of handy and full hydration.
This week, it is this new Ford Escape. Particularly, that is the 2023 Ford Escape ST-Line Elite, with contemporary new seems and up to date expertise. I will have a full overview on the automobile later this week, however, for now, let’s concentrate on the essential query: Will the Nalgene match?
As all the time, let’s begin with the entrance cupholders.
They’re conveniently positioned in a fore/aft configuration on the middle console. The passenger will get the simplest entry, however Ford’s rotary drive selector would not precisely get in the best way for the driving force. These look a bit small, although, do not they?
Yep, too small. As a rule, that is the case with cupholders. As a backup, I am going to the pockets within the doorways, if accessible.
There are two bottle-shaped depressions in these entrance doorways, however neither actually seems sufficiently big for the Nalgene.
However seems could be deceiving. The Nalgene suits within the rearward holder, at an angle that appears a bit odd, however makes for straightforward attain. If the bottles contents have been beneath strain, although, like carbonated water, it’d leak out at that angle. Gotta screw that cap on tight, bud. It’s going to work for me, although.
Let’s examine what the choices are for our additionally megathirsty rear passengers.
The Escape has a fold-down heart armrest with a pair of cupholders, these facet by facet as an alternative of fore and aft like those up entrance. That is good. You are much less more likely to get your beverage confused together with your seatmate’s … in the event that they match, that’s.
They do not. Let’s go to the doorways once more.
This doesn’t look promising. However neither did the entrance door pockets, they usually ended up figuring out.
Effectively, hopefully the oldsters within the again can maintain their palms free to carry their large drinks, as they have no place to securely set them down.