When I first told Miguel that I was pregnant for the third time, his first words were “We need a new car!”

Ok, ok, he obviously said other things first, but I swear this statement was uttered a few sentences into our conversation. Looking for a new family vehicle didn’t even come to mind until AFTER Miguel mentioned it. Clearly, we have different priorities.

2017 Ford Escape

He was right though, we would need a new SUV. Currently, we are driving the 2015 Nissan Rogue, which we really enjoy and it has been such a great blessing for our family! However, with another baby on the way, we are in dire need of space.

I’ll be the first to admit, I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to purchasing a vehicle. I like what I like and any questions regarding transmission, engine and horse power can be found on the Ford Website. Miguel is the car guy, I’m just the mama that drives it.

This got me thinking, what are some features that moms look for when buying a new family vehicle and how does the 2017  Ford Escape come into play?


So, I did whatever any curious mom would do and crowd sourced on my Facebook! After almost 100 comments, here are just some a few of our “must haves” features:

  • Keyless Entry
  • Push to start button
  • Back up camera
  • Remote Trunk Release
  • Bluetooth
  • Space to fit both rear facing & forward facing car seat
  • Space for both stroller & groceries
  • Charging port for smartphones
  • Fuel Efficiency
  • GPS
  • Blind spot information system
  • Crash Test Rating
  • Comfortability

I cross referenced our “must haves” on the Ford Website, and to my surprise, the 2017 Ford Escape checks off all the points and more. Bonus: Optimal Space at the driver seat for this ever growing belly.

You will also notice that “speed” was not mentioned above but the 2017 Ford Escape does come equipped with a 6 speed Automatic Transmission with Paddle ShiftersUsing race-inspired technology, the steering wheel-mounted paddles provide an engaged driving experience by letting you easily and quickly go from gear to gear without taking your hands off the wheel. Fancy stuff!


Even though, we had the 2017 Ford Escape for only 1 week, I was sad to part ways with it. It was surprisingly easy to drive, spacious, and the features (so many amazing ones) made life so much easier for this mama. I personally fell in love with the capless gas tank funnel and the foot activated, hands-free power liftgate. If I had to add one thing it would be an optional third row.
Our family is going from a family of four to five. We all have different needs and wants. One thing we can agree upon is that we want a vehicle that would be amazing for road trips and for making memories.  The 2017 Ford Escape is definitely a contender on our hunt for a new family vehicle!

What are some features that YOU look for when vehicle shopping?! Do you have a favourite SUV? Are you a Van person? Let me know in the comments.

Photography by: Julie Christine Photography