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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 189 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.1/10
    Quality
    7.3/10
  • Reliability
    7.7/10
    Performance
    7.9/10
  • Comfort
    7.6/10
    Styling
    7.6/10

Good for the price

By on Monday, June 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,800

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Handles nice"

Cons: "Stiff ride - seems like a truck not a crossover."

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

"Nice little SUV for the money. My only complaint is the stiff ride. Even at very low speeds, going over a speed bump could 'chip a tooth'. It does handle very nicely but the suspension should be more user friendly. Style both inside and outside is very nice."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

OOPs!!!

By on Sunday, June 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Jury out"

Cons: "Recall already"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"Just got my 2015 Ford Escape. 75 miles on the odometer. Already see a recall for failure of the instrument panel. First American Brand in 40 years. Hope this is not an indication of things to come. Will pay it off AND trade it if any further recalls. Not very assuring. Wish they still built the Model A Ford my first car. Never a problem"

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

ecoboost is powerfull and economical

By on Thursday, June 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "very maneuverable, sync is smart and easy to use,"

Cons: "backseat legroom over 6' tight"

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

"one of the best road handling smaller suv's for long trips. no twitchy lane changes. passes other traffic with ease and flies over the high Colorado passes. averages 27.5 mpg in the mountains."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

I have a 2013 Escape and I would not buy it again.

By on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,244

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "None"

Cons: "electronics are unreliable; overall not it"

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

"I am historically a Ford owner but would never buy this vehicle again and will be getting rid of it as soon as possible. Would even consider buying a chevy instead. Distinctly dislike the redesigned body style but even ignoring that, the electronic glitches and things that don't work the way they should are aggravating at best."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

NOT constructed well, but very comfy and SAFE

By on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,525

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Zippy, responsive steering, comfy, protection,"

Cons: "expensive to get Titanium, in service a lot,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"I got this car when I was 16 y/o. Three years later, I am rethinking this car. I love owning a Ford in AZ. Everyone drives a foreign car (BMW, Mercedes, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan). They are everywhere and I rarely see a car like mine. I grew up with the name Ford because we're from MI. We agreed on the Escape because it is safe and stylish. We got the Titanium package- it is very nice on the interior. It is very comfortable and user friendly. I was rear-ended last September by a driver who was traveling at 40+ miles per hour. I didn't get hurt and barely felt the impact. The trunk door held up very nicely and showed a small dent. No paint scratches. My airbags didn't even deploy because there wasn't even a big jolt. I say that, and I am a little, petite girl. The car protected me. The car still drove fine after the crash! but I had to still get the trunk door replaced. Meanwhile, the other car was demolished the airbags went off in I was amazed how safe this car really was destroyed and smoking - the whole front end was an accordion and her airbags went off.. 5 star safety award for sure! However, In the past three years I have been in maintenance for many reasons. The navigation acts up, bluetooth malfunctions, cupholder loose, rear view mirror jiggles, blind spot sensor dead, handle bar cover fell off, etc. are a few reasons for maintenance I can remember. In fact, my car is in service right now for a missing mirror protector (parts just fall off) it is like in the factory they forgot glue. It is annoying. Honestly, my dad payed $48,000 about fro this car and I could have easily gotten a nice foreign car with none of these cheap parts needing service. I did this because I wanted to support American made cars, like my family drove when I was growing up. I am not planning on getting another Ford - but who knows."

6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

A fun SUV to drive

By on Sunday, June 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "2.0 turbo rules this class!"

Cons: "Maybe a bit more room would be nice."

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

"After owning 3 Ford Escapes over the last 15 years, all had proven to be reliable and very useful vehicles. Wife and I decided to branch out and test drive the Jeep Cherokee Limited, CRV Limited, RAV4 Limited, Equinox LTZ and Mazda CX. Well, we came back to Ford. The Escape with the Titanium package and the 2.0 turbo just can't be beat. The 2.0 turbo is a blast to drive. Interior quality fit/finish rivals some luxo brands I have been in costing 5-10K more. Yes, it is a bit smaller than some of its rivals. But the interior and drive train, driving experience make up for that hands down. Its a comfortable vehicle at that. Test drive you won't be disappointed."

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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