So I’m a big tech nerd. I read way too many tech blogs everyday and spend an unreasonable amount of money on the coolest new gizmos.
That said, this new Escape is pretty techie. And when I say pretty techie, I mean really techie. Here are some of the highlights:
- Active Park Assist: The thing seriously parallel parks itself. I don’t know how it all works (I suspect some kind of witchcraft) but it works. It even works in snow. And it worked so well that my loving wife would not stop talking about how the Escape is the car of her dreams and how much she loves it and wants it. Thanks a lot, Escape.
- Blind Spot Sensor Things (technical terminology): While driving on the freeway, small LED lights on the mirrors alert you when somebody’s approaching or in your blind spot. Awesome? Awesome. And if you start moving over, the car takes the liberty of turning the stereo down and basically yelling at you. It’s more of a beep, but it feels like a yell. Sounds to me like a great way to kill the dreaded blind spot.
- Color-changing Neon: Yes, you heard correctly. The Escape’s cabin has all of this cool, colorful ambient lighting. They’re by your feet, under the door handles, and even in the cup holders. The kicker, though, is that the things change color! With the push of a button, you can set them to any color you want. I don’t have kids, but judging by the way this entertained my wife and I, I can only imagine how much they would dig this feature.
- Sound: I’ve never, in my whole life, seen so many options for audio in a car. You can run music via Bluetooth, USB, CD, MP3, HD Radio, Normal Radio, RGA cables, Sirius Satellite Radio, DVD, or just about anything else that makes noise. You could even plug a stereo in if you wanted, because the Escape has a normal electric outlet. Yeah.
- MyKey: this system lets you control the safety features of the car while your kids are driving. This means when Johnny takes the car, you can set his max speed, max volume, automatic safety updates, and a whole slew of other awesome stuff. Yeah.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. This car is mega high-tech for the generation that demands it, and it works.