And now, “Ow! My Balls!” sponsored by Ford:
One thing a few German companies have taken note of is the hands-free tailgate, a particularly brilliant feature now available on the new Mercedes-Benz SL550, for instance. Walk up behind the Escape with the key on your person, swipe your foot under the bumper, and voila! It opens. But be warned: After you swipe your foot, take a step backwards or the liftgate will whack you in the crotch. No joke! All joking aside, my wife couldn’t believe that all cars don’t have such a smart feature.
Of course. She’s not the one standing there waiting to get whacked. (Maybe she’s up front, watching your discomfiture on the backup camera.)
I haven’t seen this particular issue highlighted in any other reviews of the ’13 Escape, so maybe the other motor-noters were lucky, or they’re the wrong height, or something.