DALLAS, June 3, 2013 — A small crossover utility vehicle, the 2013 Ford Escape gets high marks since this vehicle not only is comfy inside with lots of bells and whistles, but it also looks smart on the outside too.
Easy to consider as a crossover, the Escape gets good gas mileage and just feels good overall making you want to drive off the lot immediately.
Competition includes the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5 and the Kia Sportage. The 2013 Ford Escape has four trim levels to choose from including the S, SE, SEL and Titanium.
On the S, you get 17-inch steel wheels, blind-spot mirror, MyKey parental controls, full power accessories, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a six-speaker sound system with all the expected goodies.
If you want to add to the S package, you can include the Sync voice-command electronics interface and the steering-wheel audio controls.
For the SE, you get a turbocharged engine, color-keyed mirrors and door handles, fog lamps, automatic headlights, a keyless entry keypad, a four-inch multifunction screen, reclining rear seats, and steering-wheel audio controls.
For extras on this trim, you can up the 17-inch alloy wheels to 18-inch, add a power panoramic sunroof and a power lift gate.
On the SEL, you get additional heated side mirrors, one-touch windows, auto-dimming rearview mirror, the MyFord Touch electronics interface, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, inside ambient lighting, and an eight-way power driver seat. Extras to add include a Cargo Management System and on the Technology package you get keyless ignition and entry, remote start, a hands-free lift gate, and reverse park assist.
There is also a Parking Technology package on the SEL with automated parallel parking assist, front and rear parking sensors, rearview camera and a blind-spot monitor with a panoramic sunroof.
For the top-of-the-line Titanium, there are 19-inch wheels, remote start, keyless ignition/entry, ambient lighting, leather upholstery, and a Sony audio system. For extras you get the Titanium Technology package, including a roof rack, xenon headlights, interior tonneau cover, a hands-free lift gate, and reverse park assist or opt for the Parking Technology package with full leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof and the navigation system.
Under the hood, the 2013 Ford Escape has a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 168 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque on the S trim. For the SE and SEL, that engine comes turbocharged with a 1.6-liter inline-4 offering 178 horsepower and 184 pound feet of torque. An option on the SE and SEL and standard fare on the Titanium is the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 with 240 horsepower and 270 pound feet of torque.
Expect a six-speed automatic transmission on all, except the S trim and opt for either front or all-wheel-drive all around.
For safety, there are antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, and front-seat side, driver knee and full-length curtain-type airbags.
Inside, the cabin is clean and well laid out and the seats are more than comfortable with extra padding. The materials are also high-end with the knobs and dials easy to read, understand and use.
Ford’s Sync system is well worth using too for both cell phone and audio/iPod integration.
The Escape offers plenty of room even in the backseat, including ample head and leg space.
Take note of the steering wheel, complete with a thick rim that looks good and makes this crossover sport a “car” image, but add to that the cargo space with 34.3 cubic feet or with the rear seats folded down 68.1 cubic feet and you have a winner.
The hands-free power liftgate is also worth a mention, but finally, behind the wheel is where you will really be impressed, no matter the engine size as it’s a smooth and easy ride.
Should You Need to Know: There is a lot going on with the 2013 Ford Escape but do note that once you start adding all the trim packages, the price tag does start adding up.
Miles Per Gallon: The 2013 Ford Escape SEL 4WD that I drove had mileage that came in at 29 miles per gallon in the city and 41 miles per gallon on the highway.
Cost: The price for the 2013 Ford Escape SEL 4WD is $40,299 with a three-year, 60,000-mile basic warranty as well.
Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1300 articles to her credit in the past 15-plus years. She is a frequent auto and travel contributor on a national radio show called “The Duva Show” where her “The Insider Mag’s” I’m Standing Here segment can be heard weekly between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. Monday evenings.
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