2013 Ford Escape
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Easter weekend on a SEL 2.0 AWD

by from DC on April 1, 2013

Drove a rental SEL 2.0 AWD with 19000mi last weekend for almost 850mi with 4 adults onboard. I enjoyed this vehicle dynamics and handling. I'been interested to try it out and see what all the chatter ...
Drove a rental SEL 2.0 AWD with 19000mi last weekend for almost 850mi with 4 adults onboard. I enjoyed this vehicle dynamics and handling. I'been interested to try it out and see what all the chatter about the gas mil and problems was about. The vehicle had no issues, no ratling noises and worked as supposed. Best advice I can give you, rent one for a week and make your own decisions about gas mil. We averaged 30gal on a 35% city 65% Hwy weekend in DC area all the way to Norfolk VA. I can tell that this engine requires for the driver to learn how to use it and forget the habits you had with previous engines to get the most of it. AWD is fantastic and the engine has ample power. Sync was a mess with voice recognition but the touch screen was easy to use. Try this vehicle for a week and you will see if it fits your driver profile. Good luck
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The Best in Class!

by from Michigan on October 29, 2012

The Escape that I drove was an AWD SE model with the Frost Blue paint and is equipped with the 1.6L engine. I left very impressed! Things I like: The Intelligent AWD is pretty neat, a screen over the...
The Escape that I drove was an AWD SE model with the Frost Blue paint and is equipped with the 1.6L engine. I left very impressed! Things I like: The Intelligent AWD is pretty neat, a screen over the gauges will tell you what wheels are getting the power. That screen over the gauges will also tell the driver what their average FE is (I got 26 MPG on my test), how far the driver can go on their current amount of gas, and the usual stuff like a trip calculator, compass, thermometer... You can also take traction control off, but I didn't do it. I really liked the steering wheel controls! It was nice to be able to control the radio without taking your hands off the wheel. The 4" screen on the center dash mostly deals with SYNC functions, CD, radio, and Sirius Radio (a 6-month subscription is complementary!). I didn't try to SYNC my phone, but I did hook my iPod up to the car. While I thought the feature was neat, I just don't have enough songs to really make it worthwhile. Up front, materials are absolutely top notch. You could just feel how dense the plastics were. The door handles and a few other bits are made of actual metal. The back seats are where the Escape really shines! No matter what setting the front seats were at, I always had enough legroom to make travel comfortable. When driving, you can tell that the vehicle was engineered in Germany. The ride is very firm (it makes the Escape feel like its riding higher). Even though the ride was firm, the Escape still managed to absorb bumps in the road to a good degree. The one I drove returned a tidy 26 MPG. Handling is very tight and almost sporty. Just some other cool things that I noted: The headlights are the best that i've ever seen on a passenger vehicle. When I was on a country road, I thought that i'd try the high beams. Only if the Earth hurls towards the sun will that road be brighter! Not only was the light projected forward (and pretty far I might add), but towards the sides of the road (a very nice feature up North) and upward. I was very impressed I also liked the "door ajar" message on the screen when a door was opened. The glove-box also thoroughly amazed me. It not only has two deep shelves in it, but it has a little light that beams in there so you can see what you're grabbing. Folding down the second row is also a very easy process. Just pull the lever and down they go. The Escape sits very low to the ground, which many people with families and elderly parents (or elderly themselves) would enjoy. With that, off-road capability probably isn't as great. Things that could be improved: The biggest thing that could be improved on in the Escape is the cargo space. This could go for every compact CUV, or just the Escape, I haven't really been around too many compact CUVs to get a good sense of how big the cargo area is in comparison. It just seemed small to me. A plastic storage tub takes away about half of the cargo area when the second row is still erect. That may not be a problem if you were driving by yourself or with another passenger, but that might be a little tight for a family with luggage. There was a little pocket back there for small items that I liked, it was deep enough to throw a few bungee cords in there. And even though the Escape kind of sloped down in the back, the liftgate still opens up high enough to comfortably walk under it. With that said, it and all of the other doors close with a reassuring "thud". Another gripe about something being small: the console is just about useless. Another thing that could and should be improved on is the dashboard design. The vents on the far sides are a weird collection of geometric shapes that all face a different direction. All of the buttons on the main portion of the dash serve their function well (and are ergonomically friendly), but the design is just strange. The driver almost has to pre-set their Sirius stations, because finding them while driving is no easy task. I'd rather just stop at one, and be able to go scroll through all 150 until I found something that tickles my fancy. Overall, it's a great vehicle! Ford outdid themselves on this one. Add a little more cargo room and power, you would have the perfect compact crossover!
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My First American Vehicle

by from Ogdensburg, NY on March 13, 2013

I've owned nothing but Japanese coupes, sedans and wagons (Subaru, Toyota, Honda/Acura, Mazda) since I started driving 27 years ago. Having recently found myself in need of a vehicle with a higher hip...
I've owned nothing but Japanese coupes, sedans and wagons (Subaru, Toyota, Honda/Acura, Mazda) since I started driving 27 years ago. Having recently found myself in need of a vehicle with a higher hip-point and decent cargo capacity, I was resigned to the fact that a compact CUV made the most sense. Coming from more performance-oriented models, I had faint hope of finding something practical yet still rewarding to drive. After trying the CX-5 2.5, the new RAV4, the CR-V, Equinox and the Forester and not being sufficiently impressed with any of them to make a purchase (although the Mazda was the best of those), I decided to try the Escape for the sake of comparison. Needless to say, I was impressed. I bought a SE AWD 2.0 model with the power rear liftgate as the single option. This is the absolute FIRST new car I've purchased - a total of eight so far - that hasn't required a single trip back to the dealer for an adjustment or correction of some sort. The ride/handling balance is excellent and the cabin is library-quiet. I appreciate the high threshold required to activate ECS and TCS. The engine is a gem with grin-inducing midrange power, and, at 1700 miles, is just starting to deliver expected fuel economy (~24 MPG in a 85%/15% city/highway split). The steering and brakes feel somewhat robotic/digital compared to our Miata (what doesn't?), but response is immediate and consistent. Despite other's complaints about roughness and slow response from the twin-clutch transmission, I find it to be willing, smooth and quick-witted. Interior materials, fit and finish is the best in class, even if the CX-5 has a cleaner, less "busy" design which I prefer. Great stock headlights. Also, SYNC is well-integrated and works as advertised. (I specifically chose the SE model over the SEL to avoid the 18" wheels and MyFordTouch nonsense). The Escape is roomy enough to allow four adults to travel rapidly in comfort (reclining rear seats help here), but not so large that it feels truck-like or cumbersome on twisting Adirondack roads. It's great but not perfect: despite having long-haul comfortable seats for myself and wife (who has a herniated disk in her lumbar spine), a power cloth sport seat option with additional thigh bolstering would be appreciated. The defroster has to work hard to keep the windows clear. Rear visibility is somewhat compromised by the sweeping bodyline/D-pillar. Overall, it's a highly-competent and sophisticated vehicle that I did not expect to enjoy. Thus far, my wife and I are very pleased with our decision and have surprised more than a few of our friends and family when they discover we're driving a Ford. Time will tell if the Escape is able to meet our expectations of reliability. Here's hoping.
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Nice car - Sync has been an issue

by from Fort Collins, CO on September 27, 2012

Love the car except for two things (Have had it for about five weeks) It's the Titanium model. Gas mileage around town so far only about 18 mpg. The Ford Sync locked up the first week. Reset by the de...
Love the car except for two things (Have had it for about five weeks) It's the Titanium model. Gas mileage around town so far only about 18 mpg. The Ford Sync locked up the first week. Reset by the dealer - lost all my settings and had to reprogram everything. Should be an easy way to reset and a way to store your settings on a SD card. Also had the car enter Transport Mode - dealer didn't know what to do. Searched on the internet and a bizarre sequence of brakes and hazard lights unlocked it.
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Best car ever

by from Maryland on May 16, 2013

Bought 2013 SE Model love everything about it. I have 5,000 miles on it not one problem with anything. So far combined gas mileage is 27 miles per gallon. Love it so far.
Bought 2013 SE Model love everything about it. I have 5,000 miles on it not one problem with anything. So far combined gas mileage is 27 miles per gallon. Love it so far.
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Great Car - Tempermental LiftGate

by from Greensboro, NC on February 18, 2013

I bought my SE Ford Escape 2013 back on Septemer 15th 2012. Overall, the car is quite impressive. Beautiful Ruby Red color. Nice, soft cloth seats. The interior is spacious and modern. I upgraded th...
I bought my SE Ford Escape 2013 back on Septemer 15th 2012. Overall, the car is quite impressive. Beautiful Ruby Red color. Nice, soft cloth seats. The interior is spacious and modern. I upgraded the Ford Mytouch to version 3.5.1 which has been very stable with most everything working. Voice and Text work as they should and as advertised. The Sync Services is flaky and needs work - the menuing system is very dumb, with the system going into a complete repeat of what you just did if it gets confused.... very very aggrivating!! This needs much work when you are trying to get driving directions automatically without resorting to an operator. The engine (1.6L) is fantastic. Lots of power and good gas mileage. Those who are complaining just don't realize a turbo has to be babied to get the get good gas mileage. You put your foot through the floor to accelerate, and the laws of physics cause the gas needle to go South. Here is my mileage... how about 28 combined in Greensboro, with 36 average on the road. I do the road measuremtn by getting up to speed, then setting the Cruise, then reset the MPG measurement. This is probably how they measure the vehicles in the wind tunnels. If you go up and down constantly, then yes, your MPG will be low. How does it ride? Like a dream. Smooth on the road and takes bumps like a champ. Now one gripe I have is how NOISY the fan in the Dual Climate control system is when in AUTO. Should it be THAT noisy???? going to Manual, and setting the fan speed down, and the car is VERY QUITE! Extremely quite!!! Nice. My ONE big gripe is my powered liftgate. It has a mind of its own as to when it wants to latch properly when closing. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't and I have to get out and push it closed by hand. Aggrivating. And my local Ford repair shops are unable to really fix it... it works for them, but not for me. Go figure!! All in all, a great car that will be unbeatable when they get the bugs out that hold back a perfect score!!
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Very comfortable SUV

by from Houston, tx on July 26, 2013

I love this SUV. Very sleek styling inside and out. We purchased the S model which is at the bottom of the list but top of the line in our minds. For the price it is a very nice vehicle
I love this SUV. Very sleek styling inside and out. We purchased the S model which is at the bottom of the list but top of the line in our minds. For the price it is a very nice vehicle
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great small suv

by from crossville,tn on July 12, 2013

wonderful styling. 2.0 ltr echo boost engine has lots of pep drives like a v6. I'm averaging 24.8 mpg.
wonderful styling. 2.0 ltr echo boost engine has lots of pep drives like a v6. I'm averaging 24.8 mpg.
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Disappointed after 2.5 years

by from Minnesota on February 1, 2015

This was great my first 2 years driving it...besides all the recalls. It's hard finding the time to drop off your car when it's over an hour away to the closest Ford dealership. Now in my 3rd year dri...
This was great my first 2 years driving it...besides all the recalls. It's hard finding the time to drop off your car when it's over an hour away to the closest Ford dealership. Now in my 3rd year driving it I have had tons of issues. The major issue is that it has died tons of times this winter. We also have a 2010 Escape that is started with a key and haven't had a single starting issue with that one. My car has been completely unreliable this winter. The push button seems to be a big downfall for winter starting. My car has also said No key detected a few times which meant I was unable to drive my car again. I have had a lot of trouble with the Bluetooth music connection in my third year having it. Didn't have issues before. My screen inside my car shuts off by itself all the time. It also freezes and won't do anything. My USB charger works sometimes not always. I took my car in yesterday to take care of an engine recall and they said that would take care of my starting issues....this morning it won't start so I will need to take it in again. I will be looking to trade in this car ASAP.
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Earty Impressions

by from Frederick, MD on March 5, 2013

I purchased a 2013 SE w/4wheel drive a week ago. I have about 550 miles on the vehicle. So far I must say it drives good and seems to have ample power (2.0L ecoboost). I am currently getting 23.5 mpg ...
I purchased a 2013 SE w/4wheel drive a week ago. I have about 550 miles on the vehicle. So far I must say it drives good and seems to have ample power (2.0L ecoboost). I am currently getting 23.5 mpg (mostly highway driving). My last tank of gas was 93 octane (to see if it makes a differance in mpg), and it appears to. The engine produces max hp with 93 octane (and peak mpg I hope!). The engine still has a bit of break in left before I can say what the true mpg will be. A little pricey for what you get, I'll post more as I put more miles on the odometer. So far, fun to drive!
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