2013 Ford

22 city / 30 hwy
2.0L, 4-Cyl, 240hp

The 2013 Ford Escape is built with the young woman in mind. Snazzy styling, good fuel economy and great cargo capacity make it a must on your test-drive list.

By Tara Weingarten

The Big Picture

Picture This: There’s a woman named Carrie. She is a young professional in her late 20s or early 30s. She balances fun, sporting activities and a career. She’s shopping for a new vehicle and wants one that’s sharp enough to pick up her boss for a business meeting, yet useful enough to fill up her trunk with DSW boxes after a little shoe retail therapy with girlfriends.

Carrie is the target Escape buyer, according to the Ford Marketing team. But she doesn’t exist. The team dreamed her up in order to understand who would buy the new Escape. But indeed, she does exist. She could be you.

Ok, so Ford is aiming for us gals…but we know the men folk will spark to the 2013 Ford Escape, too. Even they like style and practicality sometimes.

An Inside Job

I admit to not liking the previous generation Ford Escape. I know, I know. Many of you will disagree with me. But I hated the fit and finish, the materials (hard plastics everywhere) and frankly, the ride quality of the old Escape left a lot to be desired. It also looked like every other SUV parked at the mall.

Hello 2013 Ford Escape! Pretty, stylish and contemporary. Yes, it’s living with updated looks, like an easy to read gauge cluster, punctuated with illuminated turquoise needles on the speedometer and RPM dials. A high-gloss piano black trim adorns the trim, and finally, the steering wheel both tilts up and down and telescopes in and out, all the better to reach a comfy fit for us height-challenged ladies.

Front seating is comfortable for women and men of any size. And soft rubber trims the doors where you’d rest your arm below the window line, a nice upgrade from those horrible hard plastics. But backseat passengers aren’t so fortunate. The seats are hard and not as comfortable as they should be. It could be a problem on long trips for adults used to softer materials. Also, I’m disappointed that Ford chose to use hard plastic trim on the rear door armrests, just like the previous generation. Backseat riders deserve better. However, I’m happy with legroom both front and back, and cargo space is generous even without the backseats folded flat.

Driving Experience

In a word: excellent. The 2013 Ford Escape feels tight, well built and handles beautifully in sharp turns. I drove the top-of-the-line Ford Escape Titanium model, which comes equipped with 4-wheel drive and a 2.0L, 4-cylinder EcoBoost twin-turbo-charged engine with loads of power in the lower gears. That means that when I stomped on the gas pedal, the Ford Escape moved. Nothing bad to report here.

As for towing, the 2013 Ford Escape is rated to tow 3,500 pounds. That’s enough to haul a motorcycle, a couple of jet skis, a small boat, and even a little U-Haul trailer…so you can move into new digs without asking your ex-boyfriend for help!

Gizmos And Tech

There’s plenty here on the 2013 Ford Escape. The best tech feature is the hands-free lift gate. Ford isn’t the first manufacturer to have it, as it came out earlier this year on new BMW 3-Series models. But it’s great. Just kick your foot underneath the Escape’s rear bumper and Voila! The rear lift gate magically opens without needing to put packages down and fumble in your purse for the key fob. Sheer genius.

Ford My Touch is included on the 2013 Escape. This is Ford’s proprietary telematics, which includes hands-free manipulation of phone, audio and navigation.

Pricing and Trim Levels

A base model 2013 Ford Escape goes for $23,295, a full $200 less than the outgoing Escape. It comes with a 1.6-Liter, 4-cylinder, 178 hp engine. It isn't quick, but it does the job and has improved fuel economy, getting 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Not bad. The 2013 Ford Escape SE model gives $1,000 worth of perks for an extra $200. It includes 17" wheels, the EcoBoost engine, which can get up to 5 mpg/hwy better than the outgoing model. The SEL model gives $2,300 added equipment for just $1,500 more. The 2013 Escape Titanium 4WD version tops out at $36,130 and includes a Panoramic moonroof, heated front seats, a smart Parking Technology Package that makes parking a breeze, and a full audio/navigation system.
2013 Ford Escape San Francisco

Final Thoughts

A huge leap forward for the Ford Escape. Everything you'd want in a small Crossover / SUV.

Hands Free Power Lift Gate!

Pretty new styling

Cheap-feeling hard plastics for backseat door trim, uncomfortable backseats

Drive Feel
Tech Wizardry

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7 Responses to “Ford Escape”

  1. Laura M. says:

    I think I have test driven every small suv and really wanted to like this one since a particular car magazine rated it higher than the 2012 crv. But after driving this car just a few miles, I knew right away that I was not going to buy this car. The road noise was too pronounced for my taste. And after driving an older odyssey for too many years, road noise is a big factor when deciding which car to buy next time around. The fabric was not nice to touch and to move up to leather in this car ends up pricing it out of compitition with the other small SUVs. I’m afraid Ford is getting too expensive and not as good as it was just a couple years ago.

  2. Iris says:

    If road noise is the only thing separating you from this car, perhaps the dealer will spot you some new tires, or else see what your local tiremonger can do for you in the way of trade. Think of it as customizing.

    • Bill says:

      Tires make a big difference in most of these small SUVs. The Continental tires wear well, but are noisy (even on an Edge).. A set of Yokohama YK series tires solves the noise and ride problem on crossovers and SUVs. Changes the Escape (X3, XC90, etc) into a quiet, enjoyable ride.

      Unless one has opted for the 19″ wheels and low profile tires. Looks great, but you must have wanted to feel every imperfection in the pavement.

  3. Molly says:

    I bought this car in January and absolutely LOVE it! It is perfect. Quick pick up, tight turns, comfortable, and I feel safe. The look is very chic outside and in. Absolutely in love with My Ford Touch screen and the hands free calling/operating system. The specs are just great. I have a SE version with an upgraded 2.0L engine, AWD, and the Ford ITouch system.

    Highly recommend this vehicle.

  4. Mark Johnson says:

    I have owned my 2013 Escape for about a month now . I purchased the SEL , with leather , sunroof , and most of the bells and whistles the Titanium has except the self park ! Also got the larger four cyl. engine with twin turbos . And I have yet to fine anything to complain about . The road nosie is no louder that any other car or SUV I’ve owned. 30 + miles to the gallon , and is fun to drive . I would suggest to anyone looking for a SUV to take a look at the new Ford Escape . It is into the $$’s but has far more bells and whistles that all the others . Great ride , stereo, fit and finish , right now I have no complaints , and give it a thumbs up .

  5. Blair says:

    Have to note one thing, as you seem to imply this would be a good vehicle for women: a bucket seat does not fit in the back seat. I have one for my work vehicle, and the first time we tried switching the bucket seat from my wife’s van to this vehicle, we got a surprise. You can not fit the bucket seat without moving the front seat all the way forward, which is not only unsafe but incredible uncomfortable for whomever is in the passenger seat. Very disappointed with the Escape.

    • Jim Boyer says:

      Had a 2011 Escape & liked so much that traded last month on 2014 – “YES, an all Oxford White…..have had couple white car before & always liked the color. The little Ford Escape is a great little car to own as get good gas mileage & performance, tight & reliable.

      Never knew that different color car told you something about your personality…..GO FORD – Made in USA!!!!


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