There are distinctive floor mats and seat trim inside, as well as a wood dashboard finish.

Ford, however, asserts that the Escape Active is more than simply a style package

 saying the ride height has been increased by 10 mm up front and 5 mm down the back

making the vehicle "more capable" than the base model.

It appears that an extra Trail Mode modifies the throttle response

Escape Hybrid Offers Value for a Compact SUV