The crossover market is a highly competitive one, and you’re not going to succeed in it standing still. Ford seems to have figured that out, and really pulled out all the stops for the 2013 Ford Escape. While the new Escape is a little more expensive, you may find it’s worth it.
New For 2013
The Ford Escape is fully redesigned for 2013, and there are some interesting changes that really help to make it competitive with other crossover SUVs in this ever popular market. Some of the changes you’ll notice in the 2013 Ford Escape include:
- More attractive interior design geared toward rear seat passengers
- Additional cargo space
- Foot activated lift gate
- Better fuel economy
The 2013 Ford Escape features 17-inch steel wheels (alloy wheels on the SE, with 19-inch wheels on the Titanium), along with a hands-free lift gate, tinted glass, automatic headlights, and a rear spoiler. The Ford Escape has some sporty color options, including Deep Impact Blue Metallic, Oxford White Clearcoat and Tuxedo Black Metallic. The Escape is designed for aerodynamics, with Active Grille Shutters that help the car work with the wind, not against it.
Interior & Cargo
The interior of the 2013 Ford Escape is relaxed and comfortable, with easy to find and read gauges and controls, including a climate control system that can be controlled independently of the center touch screen.
The SYNC system with MyFord Touch features a center touch-screen that obeys voice or touch commands for navigation, listening to music, and even making phone calls. The system also features USB ports and Wi-Fi capability. When you combine the system with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link, you can choose routes based on speed, distance, and even EcoRoute, which identifies the path that will provide the best fuel economy.
The Ford Escape does a really nice job of combining cargo space and passenger comfort. With all the rear seats folded down flat, you’ve got a full 67.8 cubic feet of cargo space, but you’ve got 34.3 cubic feet with the seats up, and thanks to the 60/40 split rear seat, you can even split the difference and have rear passengers and extra space as well.
The safety system in the Ford Escape starts with Advance Trac with RSC, a Roll Stability Control system that corrects to avoid a rollover if you’re forced to take a tight turn too fast. The BLIS system with cross-traffic alert lets you know when a car is in your blind spot, so you can change lanes and drive defensively with confidence. Active park assist makes sure you don’t have to agonize over working into those tight spots. Additional safety features on the 2013 Ford Escape include the four-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), electronic brake force distribution, and emergency braking assist. For family driving, the Escape has rear door child security locks and anchors for child seats. Theft protection is provided through an engine immobilizer and alarm system, and the Ford Escape has a full range of airbags, including front and rear head airbags and dual front side-mounted airbags.
With stability control and a versatile suspension, the Ford Escape won’t necessary provide the smoothest ride under harsh conditions, but it’s a pretty solid ride most of the time, especially considering all the tasks this crossover can handle. For better control, you’ll want to opt for the AWD. Fuel economy isn’t bad for a crossover, with about 22/31 mpg city/highway from the 2.5-liter engine, 22/30 mpg city/highway out of the turbocharged 1.6-liter and 21/28 mpg city/highway from the Titanium’s powerful 2.0-liter engine. The 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine in the base model gives you 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque, while the turbocharged, 1.6-liter four cylinder offers 173 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, and the 2.0-liter, four cylinder engine delivers 231 horses and 270 lb-ft of torque. All models have a six-speed smooth shifting transmission and the option for All-Wheel Drive (AWD), which you’ll definitely want to consider if you’re doing more with this vehicle than taking it to the grocery store down the street and back.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Ford Escape
- Honda CR-V
- Toyota RAV-4
- Mazda CX-5