Escape fans can breathe easier; your favorite compact crossover is back and better than ever. How did Ford do it? Check out the juicy details of the 2013 Escape.
Ford Escape Trims and Feature Highlights
The Escape is a compact crossover SUV that has been redesigned for 2013. Starting from $22,470, the 5 seat Escape is available in base S, SE, SEL, and Titanium trims. While the low starting price will excite shoppers, going for higher trims and adding options can push numbers dangerously close to the $40,000 mark. That said, you’ll get what you pay for, and the new Escape offers plenty of options to drool over.
Options, you say? Yes. Ford offers a trio of potent engine choices, along with front or all-wheel drive, and safety options like a BLIS blind-spot monitoring system. Other tech niceties include SYNC with MyFord Touch, park assist for smoother parallel parking, and a hands free liftgate for armless opening. Of course, leather, navigation, sunroof, and wheel upgrades are also available. ‘Escape from the daily grind’ puns are unavailable.
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Ford Escape Performance
For 2013 Ford offers Escape shoppers a trio of engines. Escape S trims get front wheel drive and a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder worth 168 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque.
Go with the SE or SEL trims and it’s a turbocharged 1.6 liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder that has 178 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. SE and SEL trim buyers also get the option to upgrade to a turbocharged 2.0 liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder, which is standard for Titanium trims. The 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine has an impressive 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft.
All trims are given a 6-speed automatic with SelectShift manual-style shifting, and all save for Escape S come with either front or all-wheel drive (AWD).
Ford Escape Fuel Economy
EPA estimates tag the 2.5 liter S Escape at 22/31/25 (city/highway/combined) MPG. 1.6 liter EcoBoost trims receive 23/33 (city/highway) MPG when equipped with front-wheel drive, or 22/30 with AWD. MPG2.0 liter EcoBoost trims get 22/30/25 for front-wheel drive and 21/28/24 for AWD.
Ford Escape Interior Highlights
Comfort and space add to an attractive layout inside the brand new Escape. Material quality is fresh, and the tech up front provides a lot to play with. Available SYNC with MyFord Touch gives drivers infotainment (including WiFi connectivity) on an 8” center touch screen and a 4” data screen behind the steering wheel. As far as measurable passenger space, you’ve got 98.1 cubic feet overall, with a decent 36.8” of rear legroom.
Cargo space is good enough to work with; you’ll get 34.3 cubic feet behind the 60/40 split second row, and 68.1 cubes with seats folded flat. Adding convenience is a rear row footwell storage area and available hands-free liftgate that opens when you wave your leg under the bumper (key fob has to be in proximity; random strangers cannot swipe their way into your Escape).
Ford Escape Safety
Safety standards for every 2013 Escape include 4-wheel antilock brakes, stability/traction control (with Torque Vectoring Control- transfers torque to wheels that have the most grip), and seven airbags- including full length side curtain and driver’s knee bags. Available safety tech includes park assist (safer for those parked around you) and BLIS blind spot warning with cross traffic alert.
Crash test scores are not yet available for 2013 Escape.
Ford Escape Summary
Check it out. When the only thing reviewers can find to fault is the escalating price tag, this is considered a good sign- though it does help to have the cash. Simply put, the 2013 Ford Escape is the best all-around compact crossover available. Get over to CarWoo! to enjoy your new ride.