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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
7.3
Out of 10

Based on 205 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.2/10
    Quality
    7.4/10
  • Reliability
    7.8/10
    Performance
    8.0/10
  • Comfort
    7.7/10
    Styling
    7.7/10

Very nice driving.

By on Sunday, August 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good fuel enonomy, nice driving and lots of power."

Cons: "seats narrow with no lumbar support"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"We purchased this 1.6L titanium with 30000 miles on it. We just took the car on a driving trip from western Kansas to Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC and back to Kansas. We had transmission problems before we got to Washington DC and we had to have the transmission rebuilt in Falls Church, Va by a really good ford dealership. The car did get us to our destination and did not leave us stranded beside the road (says quite a bit for the transmission design). We averaged 30.2 mpg on the trip with quite a bit of city driving in New York and Washington DC areas. The only thing that would have made the trip nicer is if the passenger seat had lumbar support and the seats could have been a little wider."

Ford Escape Rocks

By on Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Cons: "sm cup holders, gas mileage, center console frame"

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

"I have been pleased with every aspect of this car. It's super cute. Has great reaction time. It's roomy and comfortable. The attention to luxury detail is phenomenal. The only drawback I can express is the gas mileage has been less than the reported rate. I get 22-24mpg combo in town and freeway (more freeway usually) Perhaps that's due to the AWD?"

Great car but!!!!

By on Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 500

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "good for city, sport, fun to drive,"

Cons: "dashboard reflects on windshield at sunny days"

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

"Recently, I got Ford Titanium 2.0 turbo, loaded. Everything is great in this car. I love leather seats, dashboard with SYNC 3 and MyFord touch screen! Driving dynamics is very sporty and smooth! There is one but simply huge problem, and it could be fixed with 20$ to 40$, depending on a driver preference. A dashboard reflection on a windshield is horrible at noon and 3-4 pm in the summer. You can resolve the issue with dashboard cover (40$) or polarized glasses (20$). I had problems driving at noon, because reflection on a windshield was way too distracting. Everything else in this car is wonderful! I would recommend this car!"

You gotta drive one

By on Friday, August 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "2.0 turbo! quality fit/finish in Titanium"

Cons: "If your over 6" not a vehicle for you."

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

"We have owned 4 Esapes since their introduction. All have proven to be reliable and quality vehicles. Yes, some made if over 120,000 with no issues. Wife and I purchased a 2015 2.0 Titanium 4WD with tow package in ruby red. We fell in love with this vehicle on the test drive. We test drove Mazda, Honda, GM, Subaru. The 2.0 turbo is awesome. Escape handles confidently, fit/finish is excellent. Test drive and you will be hooked. Try to get the 2.0 turbo. If not get the 1.6 turbo."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Great get up and go

By on Monday, August 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Beauty, power, agility."

Cons: "No place for my purse and small items."

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

"I owned a 2005 Escape, I loved it so much that I looked at a few others, including luxury vehicles, before, just buying a new Escape. I have the 2.0L Titanium with sun roof. It seems to have as much power as a V6, the eco-boost is great! My only complaints so far, are small. There is no room for my stuff except in the large door pocket. Placing a purse within arms reach is impossible if there is a passenger. The center console is too deep and busy to be useful for grab while driving items, nor can I use it as an armrest because it is behind my elbow, and my husbands also, so it has little to do with seat placement. A real armrest attached to the seat would be nice. The above are small inconveniences when I consider the beauty and power of this car. I love the look and the fun drive. The others that I tested were just drives, this car is a fun drive, almost like driving an old Firebird. so keep up the good work Ford!"

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

grew to like it

By on Thursday, July 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive, sleek look,"

Cons: "mileage could be better"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I initially had resistance to going to a smaller vehicle. The numerous recalls were annoying, but I was glad to have them fixed and none of them were severe in nature. I like the responsiveness of the vehicle and the handling is very secure and sporty. Even the small 4 cylinder packs a punch with the Eco-boost engine. The design is sleek and the interior is comfortable for the driver and front passenger. Like any smaller vehicle the back seat passengers may be squeezed depending on their size. You will only get the advertised mileage if you drive the slower speed limits, but even at 75 mph I will average between 25-28 mph depending on the terrain and weather. Overall it is a very good vehicle and improving with each year as most models do."

17 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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