2013 Ford ESCAPE – Review

2013 Ford ESCAPE – Review
27 May 2013

2013 Ford ESCAPEThe 2013 Ford Escape is a blend of athletic dynamics, innovative and high tech features and an appealing cabin with lots of sophisticated interior work, all these things are making this car the leader in the segment of small utility crossovers. The first model in the lineup was introduced in 2000 as 2001 model year and since its introduction, this small SUV never let down the precision and prestige of the Ford. With the introduction of every new model, Ford Escape just performed well however, the new 2013 Ford Escape is on the top of all the models because of its plenty of impressive amenities including fuel economy, utility, cabin, handling and styling. Along with all these impressive features, the new Ford SUV is priced accurately for all those who want to enjoy the ride of a fine and engaging car.

Exterior and Interior

The redesigned 2013 Ford Escape stands first in the list of small and affordable SUVs in its striking styling and interior comfort. The biggest exterior change received by the 2013 Ford Escape is its capsule shaped body that makes it totally different from that of traditional crossovers. The front fascia is complemented with a small slatted grille paired with lower large shuttered air dams to keep the resistance of the wind low and to improve fuel economy. The wraparound headlamps and taillights are complementing the rear fascia paired with a new and innovative liftgate that is connected to a sensor placed below the bumper and the liftgate opens with a kick of the foot.

The standard features of the base model of the 2013 Ford Escape integrated blind spot mirror, full power accessories, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, six speaker sound system, MyKey Parental controls, CD player and Auxiliary audio jack.  Moving up to the other trim levels, you will get lots of additional standard features for the comfort, convenience and entertainment.

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Available 2013 Ford Escape Model Lineup

The 2013 Ford Escape is a five passenger crossover that offers two row seating arrangements and comes in four different trim levels, the base trim S, SE, SEL and the top model Titanium. All these trim levels carries soft touch and superior quality materials with a distinction of additional features to the upper trim levels.

Under The Hood

The base trim level S comes standard with a 2.5 liter four cylinder engine that generates 168 horsepower and 167 lb ft of torque. The engine is only available for the base trim S. The S trim level are available in either FWD or AWD configurations.
The SE and SEL trim levels comes standard with 1.6 liter in-line four cylinder engine that generates 178hp and 184lb ft of torque and an optional 2.0 liter in-line four cylinder turbocharger that generates an impressive 240 horsepower and 270 lb ft of torque. The same 2.0 liter in-line four cylinder engine is standard on Titanium trim level that is capable to tow up to 3,500 pounds.
All the engines are mated with a six speed automatic transmission. The EPA rated fuel economy is 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway for the 2.5 liter engine, 23 mpg city and 33 mpg higher for the 1.6 liter engine and 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway for the 2.0 liter turbocharged engine.

Safety Features

Front seat side, driver’s knee and full length side curtain airbags, antilock  disc brakes, traction control and stability control are the standard safety features of all the models of the 2013 Ford Escape.

Pricing and Availability

The 2013 Ford Escape base trim level S comes at a base price of $22,470, SE at $25,070, SEL at $28, 170 and the Titanium trim at $30,370. The 2013 Ford Escape is available in the market since September 2012.

Key Competitors

The key rivals of the redesigned 2013 Ford Escape are Volkswagen Tiguan, Nissan Rogue, Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Equinox and Toyota RAV4.

Pros

  • Head turning new styling
  • High estimated fuel economy
  • New style liftgate
  • Agile handling and composed driving

Cons

  • Expensive optional features
  • The climate control system is not impressive
  • Front seat knee room

The Verdict

The 2013 Ford Escape is a good option for the lovers of small SUVs who want to enjoy good cargo and cabin room with impressive performance and handling. If your key points are fuel economy, generous power, new design and impressive features, then this is a must consider SUV.

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Bilal Amjad

Bilal Amjad is a professional content writer and learning latest web trends. I love to drive cars and happy to write on cars related topics.