Debuted at the annual Los Angeles International Auto Show, the 2013 Ford Escape is aiming to be a compact crossover vehicle that can appeal to a wide demographic of consumers. Being a versatile car, this car comes standard with a decent amount of features. It also has an even longer list of available upgrade options; some believe the 2013 Ford Focus is trying to compete with Buicks, just as the Ford Titanium is competing against the Verano.
Regardless of what is under the hood, the 2013 Ford Escape’s chassis is much more modern that both American and Asian car maker competitors. Standard models feature assisted power steering and a multi-link rear suspension. While there are various wheel options, car experts recommend 17-inch models instead of 19-inch wheels because the 19-inch models seem to give a bit harder ride. However, reviewers and test-drivers of this car see an overall trend of a higher than average road noise, especially on less than smooth driving surfaces. Looking at the exterior of the Escape, one sees that it has a more aerodynamic design, losing its boxy and rigid look. However, as much as the new design is welcomed, those looking for a WOW look are sorely disappointed because it is indistinguishable when driving in traffic. However, its new design does maintain its original volume from earlier models, so all is not lost.
The 2013 Ford Escape has many amenities that are really noteworthy. The back seat has been re-designed to be even more comfortable through its additional 1.2 inches of legroom. Other improvements include a larger cargo area with and without folded seats. The MyFordTouch system has been simplified and improved in the same package. Tuning the radio has reverted back to a knob, the hands-free lift-gate is operated by sliding ones foot beneath the bumper and the stereo system sounds much richer. Additional improvements to the MyFordTouch include climate and GPS driving controls. The Sync system is updated and more accurate than past year’s models.
The more one delves into the interior, the more luxurious one realizes the 2013 Ford Escape really is. Standard seats are comfortable, but are not as padded and bolstered as the luxury ones are; however, the available sport seats, available through an upgrade option, are even better. The seatbacks of the driver and front passenger seats have more generous knee, back, leg, and foot room. Additionally, the sport seats recline – exactly like your favorite chair in your house. Along with the seats, there is an active park assist system and a blind spot detection system to make one’s drive a little safer.
The 2013 Ford Escape offers customers two different options in this year’s new, revamped model. Similar to other car makers, Ford is offering two smaller engines for this year’s Ford Escape. Consumers will have an option to pick up a 1.6-liter Ecoboost engine or a 2.0-liter Ecoboost engine. The 1.6-liter engine is the new standard engine for both all-wheel and front-wheel-drive car options. This one is capable of producing 173 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. The 2.0-liter engine, along with taking the place of the earlier Focus models’ 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, produces 237 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. Ford itself says these two new Ecoboost engines will make up the vast majority of consumer sales.
Regarding fuel efficiency ratings, EPA figures give the 1.6-liter engine and the 2.0-liter engines ratings of 22/30 and 21/28 for city and highway driving respectively for each engine. Industry insiders say the fuel mileage will be better than a Toyota RAV4 six-cylinder engine. It is very competitive with other foreign makers such as Honda’s CR-V which gets an estimated 23/31 and 22/30 for city/highway driving for its front and all-wheel-drive models respectively.
The 2013 Ford Escape has ample features that enable drivers the ability to feel comfortable and confident when driving the car in virtually any circumstances. With the Escape’s smart four-wheel-drive design, its rear wheels have nearly half of the torque with anywhere from 35 to 80 percent of the total power residing in the rear wheels. Available in both all-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive, the 2013 Ford Escape also features curve control, hill start assist, computer assisted brake assist, a center of gravity stability control system, a trailer centering system, and a torque vectoring and steering control program. One benefits specifically through its curve control system because the built-in anti-lock brake system passively corrects both under-steering and over steering in tight maneuvering situations such as exiting highway ramps at high rates of speed – which is available in both front and all-wheel-drive models. This system is so good because it cannot be disabled; those who try to speed up on curves or exit ramps will certainly feel the innate correction the car performs. In comparison, Ford believes this 2013 has a much sportier response with this model in comparison to competitors such as the Honda CR-V or the Toyota RAV4
When it comes to the price of the Ford Escape, its three different trim models, S, SE, and SEL give consumers a considerable range of prices from the low $20,000s to the low $30,000s. Because the Escape has been such a great seller with past models, Ford wants to keep up their great sales pattern. Therefore, Ford has introduced the 2013 Ford Escape S model with standard front wheel-wheel drive for only $23,295. The Escape’s entry-level model features last year’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine giving drivers 167 lb-ft of torque and a decent 168 horsepower rating. Unfortunately, the based model does not offer the EcoBoost engine. However, the S model does feature a 6-speed automatic model, so one does not have to fight with Ford’s less quality clutch box transmission system. In addition to its base model, the Escape comes in the SE and the SEL trims and are both priced at $25,895 and $28,695 respectively. These two models, along with its top end model, the Titanium, is priced at $31,195. The SE and SEL have the option of either Ecoboost engine while the Titanium model is only available with the 2.0-liter engine. All three of these trim models come in either front or an all-wheel-drive drive-train option. For an additional fee, the “Curve Control” anti-skidding technology can easily be added on to this year’s Ford Escape model.