2013 Ford EscapeChange Vehicle
of the 2013 Ford Escape base trim shown
From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Improved interior quality
- Projected mpg increase
- Hands-free power liftgate
- Automated parking option
- Panoramic moonroof
- Instrument panel
- Cheap-looking plastic along wheel arches
- Many unlabeled buttons on base model
- MyFord Touch option is controversial
- High center console
- Escape's first full redesign
- Seats five
- Choice of three engines
- Six-speed automatic
- Front- or all-wheel drive
- Progressive styling
Ford has released a series of good-looking cars with excellent mileage lately. But whether it's the too-cramped Fiesta interior or the sluggish transmission on the Focus, these otherwise spectacular mainstream vehicles have had a few serious flaws.
The redesigned 2013 Escape is different: No matter how hard I looked, I couldn't find anything significantly wrong with it.
A duo of new turbo engines offer better performance than the competition, the interior is roomy and comfortable, high-tech gadgetry works well, and it even looks cool. All of this comes with a premium price in a competitive segment.
If you're OK with the price of admission, the new Ford Escape is ready for you, and you won't be disappointed.
It comes in four trims: base S, SE, SEL and Titanium. See the 2012 and redesigned 2013 Escapes compared here.
At the heart of the Escape's success are three engine choices, all offering 30 mpg or better on the highway, according to Ford estimates.
The just-right engine choice is the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with estimated mileage of 23/33 mpg city/highway. That's just slightly better than the 23/31 mpg in the Honda CR-V and 22/32 mpg in the Chevy Equinox. Mazda's new CX-5 bests the class at 26/35 mpg but with significantly less power.
The mileage figures will draw people in, and the little engine offers little turbo eccentricities. Acceleration is smooth as you move through the gears with the six-speed automatic ... Read more
The redesigned Ford Escape is a stark departure from its more rugged-looking predecessor.
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Fun to drive! Great Visibility
Lots of safety features, love the blue tooth, loads of storage space. Comfortable seating for five adults, great sound system. This is a great car to drive Read full review
This car meets my needs but coud get better gas mileage only gets 21 mpg hyway sporty lots of power handles good allweel drive is nice but i replace tires about every 30000 miles Read full review