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2013 Ford Escape

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2013 Ford Escape Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.9

All-new and totally rethought for 2013, Ford's compact crossover SUV is now one of the segment's style leaders, a fuel-efficiency expert and a total tech geek. Highlights include a choice of impressive engines, athletic suspension tuning and an updated version of the MyFord Touch infotainment system. But the first feature buyers will want to show their friends is a power liftgate they can open and close by waving a foot under the rear bumper. Compact SUV shoppers looking for maximum affordability or roominess will want to look elsewhere, but the 2013 Ford Escape is as a must-see for everyone else.

You'll Like This Car If...

Standout styling, class-leading fuel economy and a robust technology package are three reasons to include the new Escape on your small-SUV shopping list.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you and your passengers like to stretch out, or if you really need the utility of a compact SUV – not just the raised seating position or added bulk – you might find the Escape a bit tight for your liking.

What's New for 2013

Flaunting not just a new look but a complete character overhaul, the 2013 Ford Escape is even newer than most all-new cars.

Driving the Escape

Driving Impressions The new Ford Escape is the sporty compact car of compact SUVs – a title it shares with the new Mazda CX-5. Ford's recent cars have impressed...

with European-like driving dynamics and feel, and the new Escape continues the trend. When outfitted with the 240-horsepower engine, there's not a competitor that could keep up. Fortunately, the characteristics that contribute to the high fun-factor also help make the Escape a pleasure to drive to the store and the office. The 1.6- and 2.0-liter EcoBoost engines are terrific, both delivering smooth, ready power around town, effortless cruising on the highway and – especially the 2.0 engine – plenty of passing power. It isn't the softest-riding entry in the segment, but most will find it perfectly comfortable. The 2013 Ford Escape is arguably the best-driving compact SUV out there, but the styling, technology and fuel economy are what really set it apart.

HANDS-FREE LIFTGATE
When your hands are full of shopping bags, furniture or man things, you can just wave your foot under the rear bumper and the liftgate opens automatically. It's Escape sign language for "open sesame."

MYKEY
For teen drivers who always wanted a Big Brother, MyKey lets parents designate a key that will limit top speed, limit audio volume or even disable the audio system altogether until the seatbelts are buckled.

2013 Ford Escape Details
2013 Ford Escape photo Interior

The inside of the 2013 Ford Escape boasts such an impressive collection of materials, design and available features that it can feel a class above. Don't try to pass it off as a mid-size SUV, though, because the Escape's interior is among the category's smaller cabins.

Exterior
2013 Ford Escape photo

The compact SUV segment is definitely developing a greater sense of style, and the 2013 Ford Escape furthers the trend. Exterior highlights that distinguish upper-tier Escape models include HID headlamps, fog lights, body-color mirrors and trim, dual chrome exhaust tips and big 19-inch wheels (which will eventually need to be re-wrapped in expensive 19-inch tires).

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

At its base price of $23,295, the 2013 Ford Escape S features a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine matched with a 6-speed automatic transmission, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/Aux sound system, air conditioning, steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, the parent-friendly MyKey system, and a full complement of airbags and electronic safety features. Base model compromises include covered steel wheels and black plastic exterior trim elements.

Optional Equipment

A fully loaded 2013 Ford Escape Titanium can reach all the way past $37,000, but with enough cool features to embarrass many luxury cars. In addition to a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, 4-wheel drive, leather seats and a panoramic moonroof, a top-tier Escape offers blind-spot warning, automatic parallel parking, an 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, Sync with MyFord Touch, and a liftgate that opens with a wave of your foot. You could get the new Acura RDX for the same money, but you wouldn't have as many cool features to play with.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Ford Escape is the only compact SUV with a choice of three engines. It would be easier to recommend the excellent 240-horsepower 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine if the 178-horsepower 1.6-liter version weren't more affordable, more efficient, just as smooth, and still plenty powerful for most. The base 2.5-liter engine is probably just fine – we haven't driven the latest iteration – but we'd buy a different compact SUV before buying the base Escape S with which that engine is paired. All three engines are paired with a responsive 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control, driving either the front wheels (FWD) or all four (4WD). If you want 4WD you'll have to choose one of the EcoBoost engines. And if you want the Escape's full towing capacity of 3,500 pounds, you're into the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine (and the towing package eliminates the hands-free liftgate option).

2.5-liter 4-cylinder
168 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
170 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA estimated city/highway mpg: 22/31

1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder
178 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm
184 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm
EPA estimated city/highway mpg: 23/33 (FWD), 22/30 (AWD)

2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder
240 @ 5,500 rpm
270 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm
EPA estimated city/highway mpg: 22/30 (FWD), 21/28 (AWD)

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2013 Ford Escape Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.2
Out of 10

Based on 196 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.2/10
    Quality
    7.3/10
  • Reliability
    7.7/10
    Performance
    7.9/10
  • Comfort
    7.6/10
    Styling
    7.7/10

Wouldn't buy again

By on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,900

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Always owned a Ford product. Am very unhappy with gas mileage. Was lead to believe it would be better than the 2012 escape that I had. The best we are getting is 25mpg. The 2012 got 28 -30 highway. The front interior is very inconvenient. No convenient storage for a quarter, pencil or anything else."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

1.6L Engine ate drive belt 2500$ damage

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "pleasant to drive, loads of tech features"

Cons: "Engine failed due to belt, warranty useless"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

Drive belt wrapped around timing belt pulley $2449 to repair

"We loved the features of the 2013 Escape. The fuel mileage was lower than advertised by a couple mpg but still pretty good. At 52000 miles the serpentine belt failed and got pulled into the timing belt. The timing was thrown off and caused $2449 in damage. Neither the powertrain warranty or extended service plan covered the cost of the repairs, as the belt is a non covered part. Any damage caused by non covered parts is also excluded from coverage by any factory warranty."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Drive belt wrapped around timing belt pulley $2449 to repair

Best Small SUV on the market!

By on Saturday, July 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "engine power, sound system, styling"

Cons: "turning radius, bad torque steer"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Power and acceleration are fantastic (240 hp/270 torque)! However, torque steer is really bad in this car, as well as the turning radius (19" wheels). Sony sound system has great bass and sound quality. Navigation is easy to use and I like the large 8" screen. The panoramic moonroof is a must-have as are the HID headlights. The blind spot monitoring with sensors is very helpful and so is the backup camera. I don't know how I owned a vehicle without these before! It's also comfortable to drive and the rear seats recline for passenger comfort. I recently used it for a camping trip and it fit all of the gear (although very snuggly)."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

2015 Ford Escape SE

By on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great Price, Good Power, Looks Good"

Cons: "MyFord Touch, Expensive Options"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I purchased the 2015 Ford Escape SE a few weeks ago, and so far, so good. I decided that I didn't need a lot of options or one of the Ecoboost engines, so I was able to save quite a bit. The new design has been out for three years now, so most dealers are looking to make great deals. Power from the 2.5L engine is adequate, and the mileage is comparable to the two available Ecoboost engines; I've been averaging approximately 25mpg in mixed driving. All Escapes come with Ford Sync, which isn't that bad, but I would suggest avoiding the Ford Sync with MyFord Touch, which costs several hundred dollars and makes things needlessly complicated in my opinion. All Escapes also come with a power driver's seat, and it was easy for me to find a comfortable driving position. The power liftgate was interesting, but not worth the money in my opinion. Overall, I was searching for a basic smaller SUV, and after dealer discounts and factory rebates I got what I wanted for approximately $20K. Time will tell as to reliability, but I have had good luck with Ford products in the past."

12 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Love this car

By on Thursday, July 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Easy to drive & park, Great MPG"

Cons: "Ride impacts,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"What's not to like about this car. On a 1 week trip 3 days of interstate highways and 4 days of city traffic, averaged 30 MPG. The only bad thing is the ride impacts on a bumpy road."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Good Ford Product, not luxury but comforable

By on Wednesday, July 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Sturdy, acceleration great (Eco Boost)"

Cons: "Somewhat cramped in front"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"First SUV (crossover) for us, good gas mileage, helpful features (mileage computer, compass, temp, etc.A) Rear hatch a bit cumbersome, auto open and close probably better."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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