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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 229 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.3/10
    Quality
    7.5/10
  • Reliability
    7.9/10
    Performance
    8.0/10
  • Comfort
    7.8/10
    Styling
    7.8/10

Great little car.

By on Tuesday, February 09, 2016

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "smooth ride, strong engine, good MPG, nice look,"

Cons: "31 MPG would be better."

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

"I bought this new in 2013. It has the smallest 4 cyl. engine for the best fuel economy. I get approx. 27 MPG. Not too bad as most of the driving is short around town trips. Loads of power, very peppy, smooth comfortable rides. All the feature work well and overall I hope to have this car for at least 10 more years."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Not my like my Fusion

By on Friday, January 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
4/10

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

"The vehicle has a weird blind spot making it hard to see as the driver when looking to your right. Not good gas mileage, engine light is on all of the time even after service it pops up again. Doesn't warm up as fast as the Fusion. Fits my lifestyle for camping but the gas mileage is a killer. Wouldn't buy again."

little hotrod

By on Monday, January 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive"

Cons: "20-22 mpg but could do a little better ..."

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

"review said LITTLE HOTROD before i got mine and i got 2.0 never sorry as i hear 1.6s had problems ,, but not this titanium... love it to death.... dont buy smaller engine to save 1-2 mpg... highly recommend titanium w/ all ammenities...."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

3 year lease - might just buy it.

By on Saturday, January 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Economical and functional - easy and safe to drive"

Cons: "Dangerous override of engine functionality"

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

"Overall very satisfied. More of a wife car than a husband car, but I was comfortable driving on the rare occasion - and I am 6'6". The only complaint I have is that this car shuts down to a max of 5 miles per hour and then stops altogether when it is just slightly low on coolant in the overflow reservoir. This is very dangerous for the driver if in an area far from help, or worse yet if driving through an unsafe area. This can be remedied by adding a cup of water, but this is a very poor design."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

A lot of SUV for the money.

By on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Handling, auto rear hatch and power."

Cons: "No collision avoidance system."

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

"I think this SUV is the right size for seniors and handles very well. It has plenty of power and handles with a European engineered felling. The auto rear hatch is a big plus and cargo area works good for us. I purchased the 2016 Titanium 2.0 engine with several options( List $36,000).Have looked for 4 months at several brands but this one works for us. It has utility and performance in a nice size package."

10 people out of 13 found this review helpful

If a compact SUV fits your needs, this is the one!

By on Monday, January 04, 2016

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

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable, fun to drive, great in the snow"

Cons: "Fuel economy, small back seat for adults"

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

"Bought a new 2016 Ford Escape SE 4WD. Added the cold weather package (heated seats and all-weather floor mats). Only put 1000 miles on it so far, but very happy with the purchase. Went from a 2007 Explorer and was concerned with the downsize and how it would do in the snow. Had it in 6 inches this morning and it handled it easily. A little lighter and lower than the Explorer, but very capable. Plenty of power and love the interior and options. Sync system is much better than prior generations. Only complaint would be gas mileage. Window sticker said 23 city and 30 highway. I average 23.4 mpg and my commute is all highway."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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