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2013 Ford Escape

2013 Ford Escape

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Research Before You Buy

by from Orlando, FL on July 2, 2013

My wife and I just bought our 2013 Ford Escape S. After much research I found a significant difference between the different models Ford offered. It seemed most of the problems came with the 1.6 and 2...
My wife and I just bought our 2013 Ford Escape S. After much research I found a significant difference between the different models Ford offered. It seemed most of the problems came with the 1.6 and 2.0 ecoboost engines. After researching further I found that most of the recalls (and there was A LOT!) all dealt with either the SEL (1.6 ecoboost) or the Titanium (2.0 turbo AWD ecoboost) models. The complaints were too numerous to count. In addition, I was particualarly concerned that while rating #1 on JD Power Associates list of Compact SUV for 2013 it's only flaw was Reliability (2.5 stars out of 5). Again, the numerous recalls and complaints all concerned the SE, SEL, and Titanium models. Fast forward to my purchase. My wife and I, based on my research decided to go with the S model with the 2.5 I4. It still have the Sync and comes with the Mytouch system which Ford has had around since 2010 (so the bugs are worked out). Needless to say I was hestitate the car would fail my inspection since I am a car guy of sorts. I can contest it hasn't done so yet. The fuel mileage is not near what it states but certainly better then what others has posted. I have avg'd 28 mpg with a 50/50 mix of highway/city driving and the engine only has 600 miles on it. The cabin is perhaps the most comfortable feature, but the engine noise is a bit more than expected for a new car. Knock on wood, everything is in fine working condition! My only other complaint is the excessive use of plastics on all Escapes. I don't see how all the plastics will stand up to the test of time (i like to keep a car for at least 10 yrs). I will certainly put this vehicle to the test, but for right now it is a bargain amongest the other Compact SUV's. Save yourself the headache though, go with the S and pay for the upgrades to mimic the SEL models. I firmly believe the S's powertrain is a lot more reliable than one might think (No recalls and No complaints I have read on any forum for the S model's powertrain).
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Complete Disappointment. UNSAFE VEHICLE!

by from Holtsville, NY on May 19, 2014

Purchased my 2013 Ford Escape Titanium in November, 2012. Since then, I have had numerous mechanical/electronic problems. Faulty door hands, a power lift gate that didn't work, a bluetooth phone syste...
Purchased my 2013 Ford Escape Titanium in November, 2012. Since then, I have had numerous mechanical/electronic problems. Faulty door hands, a power lift gate that didn't work, a bluetooth phone system that no one could hear me on, a radio with no sound, a defroster that didn't work secondary to radio issues, steering issues, and most recently a blown transmission. My last trip to the repair shop lasted 51 days. I am left with nothing but aggravation and what I believe to be an unreliable/unsafe vehicle. Have an ongoing case with Ford Motor Company, which has been passed through nine people - none of which have given me any support. Asking ford to repurchase my vehicle. I've had enough. Ford Motor Company should not be okay with customers paying close to 40K for a vehicle that has so many issues. My main suggested improvement is better customer service. Having my case passed through so many representatives does not make me feel like you care - it conveys the message of the complete opposite. That they do not care. Very sad. My father has worked for Ford for almost 35 years and is devastated by the trouble I have been having...and the lack of assistance available.
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Does not recommend this car

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More Bang for your Buck

by from NE, PA on January 14, 2014

I had a Trail Blazer before I got this car. This car is great. I am on my second year and had no problem. The oil changes are every 10,000 miles. I fill up once a week rather than 2 or 3 with the Blaz...
I had a Trail Blazer before I got this car. This car is great. I am on my second year and had no problem. The oil changes are every 10,000 miles. I fill up once a week rather than 2 or 3 with the Blazer. I got the Titanium. The Ford Escape was was the best deal with the best features. I checked with 3 other top rated car companies and for what they were giving and what I got with the Ford it was no bargain. Remote Start is the best and its factory installed. No more bypass, no more errors, no more what remote do I need. Push button start is great no more looking for the keys, Sony Radio with a big screen. Navigation with free upgrade of maps when they upgrade. Parallel parking is so easy, just drive up, stop give some gas and brake when needed. Blis is great it tells you when someone is on your sides, Backup Cam you see as you go no more driving over JRs bike. The car even tells you when you are too close to some thing. You can set the radio to a certain volume for kids. The only thing I would like to see is if it senses too close it applies the brakes. Maybe my next one will have it. Once you try it you will be amazed.. Driving is so smooth, with ecobost you have the power when you need it, response time is fast too and can get you out of tight situations. Great gas mileage, hands free bluetooth, cd player, so many comforts. I had it for over a year and only thing I had to have done was an inspection tire rotation, and an oil change. No recalls on the titanium. With Ford you get so much at a great price. Yes some people don't like the new look. Well the look helps with the wind and gas mileage. My friends told me I have a Lexus when they first saw it and a fried who has a Lexus said he was jealous as I have more features, drives just as good if not better. Now If your skeptic just go to your Ford dealer and give it a test drive. If you did and still don't agree go to ford.com get the specs, get the specs from the others and feature for feature you cant get them all, and second the price. Now features is not a selling point but peace of mind is. I got 7 years with an extended warranty and paid thousands less than one with 10 years and maintenance. If I wanted that added to my car It would have been still a few thousands less. Test drive any car you are interested in more than once. Test drive 4 brands. Go by feel, pocket,and your preference. If you cant afford a car lease one, or by used from a car rental place. Remember most often, last years car is the same as this years and more pocket approved.
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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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worst vehicle ever

by from Plymouth, MN on February 22, 2014

Brought it in 10 times in 20,000 miles. Water Pump issues, cylinder head cracking, pcm or main brain issues and more. I would stay as far away from this vehicle as possible.
Brought it in 10 times in 20,000 miles. Water Pump issues, cylinder head cracking, pcm or main brain issues and more. I would stay as far away from this vehicle as possible.
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Great car but gas mileage could be better

by from Vancouver, BC, Canada on April 7, 2013

We have had the 1.6 SE FWD Escape for 6 months now. Love the car and its more than adequate power, excellent sports like handling, smooth ride and quietness. Great styling inside and out makes us prou...
We have had the 1.6 SE FWD Escape for 6 months now. Love the car and its more than adequate power, excellent sports like handling, smooth ride and quietness. Great styling inside and out makes us proud to drive and we opted for the large sun roof which is a delight in good weather ! Seats are very comfortable for long duration driving. Only gripe is with gas mileage which we expected to be better. After 6000 + miles we are getting around 19.5 mpg in city and 22.5 on highway. Mileage bit better with higher graded fuel, but not enough to justify extra costs. Its a great driving and looking vehicle but gas mileage is a concern.
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Excellence

by from Saint Louis, MO (College in Middlebury, VT) on August 16, 2013

I love my new 2013 Ford Escape so much! It is the first new car I've ever owned, and I think it's fantastic. I purchased the Titanium 4 wheel drive model with the 2.0L EcoBoost engine. It has an EPA e...
I love my new 2013 Ford Escape so much! It is the first new car I've ever owned, and I think it's fantastic. I purchased the Titanium 4 wheel drive model with the 2.0L EcoBoost engine. It has an EPA estimated 24 mpg combined rating, with 21mpg in the city and 28mpg on the highway. This was a little discouraging at first, but I've found that those are low estimates. I usually get around 30-32 mpg highway, and my city mileage is more like 23mpg. Overall I rock a solid 25mpg average with about 60%city 40%highway driving. Some people complain that the gas mileage is not as advertised, but it depends a lot on how you drive. If you read in the manual, there are all these tips and tricks that they give you for maximizing fuel economy, and they REALLY help! Ford's information panel also tells you how well you're doing at anticipating breaking and keeping your speed at a reasonable number, which are two of the biggest components of maximizing fuel economy. My one complaint is that the pain job does seem to be a bit questionable. I've noticed a few (very small) chips recently. I'm also extremely OCD and no one else would probably ever notice, but I thought I'd mention it. The 2.0L engine is really nice!! I go to college in Vermont, and it handles so nicely on the hills. The 2.0L engine is a must if you live in a hilly place. The escape also handles like a dream. It turns corners effortlessly and tackles windy roads without fear. It handles much like a sporty sedan. Overall, I love this car. Extremely functional, extremely stylish, and the add ons are really quite luxurious. Two thumbs up from this guy!!
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2013 Escape SEL 1.6Ecoboast

by from So Cal on August 9, 2012

It seems that all low scores on the review of the new Escape are from people unhappy with the redesign and haven't actually driven the vehicle. Which is fair enough, but lowers the overall score. Anyw...
It seems that all low scores on the review of the new Escape are from people unhappy with the redesign and haven't actually driven the vehicle. Which is fair enough, but lowers the overall score. Anyway. I purchased the 1.6 Sel in black on Sunday. I cross shopped it with the Kia Sportage SX and the Mazda CX5. I wasn't interested in the Honda or anything from Toyota. The Kia Sportage looks good, in my opinion, and the 260hp in the SX is nice. However, the seats are super firm, and the ride is super stiff. Not something I wanted to live with everyday. Oh, and the blind spots...wow. The Mazda CX5 is great. And in all honesty if it wasn't so under powered I would have bought one. Test drive one, you'll see. So then I drove the Ford. I haven't had a Ford in over 10 years. I was thoroughly impressed with the quality and design of the Escape. The 1.6 Ecoboast is really nice. Seems more than enough for this CUV, I don't intend on towing anything. Yes I'd liked of gotten the 2.0 Ecoboast, but I had a budget. I did get a nicely loaded SEL though. The seats are super comfortable, the ride is smooth, the transmission is perfect...ect... Really enjoying it so far. The Ford Mytouch is great. Yes there's a learning curve, but it works great once you've palyed with it. My only complaint with it, not many phones are able to use all its features. I have a Samsung Nexus and it can't push texts to the system to read back ect...neither can an iPhone. That's kinda lame. Overall, I'm pretty happy. Going to drive it to Vegas next week and see what sort of mileage I'll get out on the open road.
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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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Practical and cute

by from Watchung, NJ on August 23, 2012

I wanted a vehicle that was practical for ferrying my grandsons and their gear that was not oversized. The 2013 Escape fit the bill. I can easily accomodate the boys while still feeling "cute" in my l...
I wanted a vehicle that was practical for ferrying my grandsons and their gear that was not oversized. The 2013 Escape fit the bill. I can easily accomodate the boys while still feeling "cute" in my little SUV. Gas mileage is good and the ride is smooth. I plan to spend many years in my Escape.
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