The Escape has a good ride, almost regardless of the road conditions, as long as those roads are paved. In the rough stuff, the Escape shudders, dances and quivers alarmingly, so much so that you’ll feel inclined to head home before reaching your secluded destination. Despite its car-based platform, the Escape is ill-suited to any sort of enthusiastic driving thanks to its high stance. The body leans considerably in corners, the rear end squats under acceleration and the nose dives under braking. It never feels unsafe, but sensitive passengers may want a Dramamine before a mountain trip.