Car reviews - Ford - Escape - XLT 5-dr wagon
26 Jun 2001
By BRUCE NEWTON
FORD claims that placement of controls and switchgear was tested using blindfolded occupants - while the vehicle was parked (thank goodness for that!). Attached to the steering column are stalks for controlling the lights and (variable intermittent) wipers, and the automatic transmission gear selector. The column itself is tilt-adjustable. A driver's footrest, remote fuel door release and adjustable instrument panel illumination are also provided. Electric window switchgear is located on the door trim, with door lock/unlock switches on both front doors. XLT models get driver's seat base angle and lumbar adjustment, and cruise control (buttons for which are contained on the steering wheel).
Did you know?The theory behind the blindfold test was that while the controls during the first hour of driving would be unfamiliar, drivers should be able to operate them without taking their eyes off the road after that time-span
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