Thankfully, I have the 2013 Ford Escape this week. I say thankfully because so many people have asked me about it. My tester is the Titanium version and it is extremely nice. Escape came out in 2001, but since that time, it hasn’t changed a whole lot. Until now. The 2013 is a radical departure from years past.
I am driving the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Ecoboost, but there is a 1.6-liter available also. The larger engine has 240-horses and both come with a 6-speed automatic transmission. As with all Ecoboost engines, when you tromp on it, this thing MOVES!
The Titanium package comes very nicely equipped with ambient lighting, remote start, partial leather seats, Sync voice activation system, power driver’s seat, 19” wheels, and HID lights. This one has the Technology Package and you get automatic headlights, power liftgate, and rear parking sensors. One really cool feature about the power liftgate is that when walking up to the rear of the Escape, if you have your key remote close to you, you can wave your foot under the rear bumper and the liftgate will open.
There is also a Parking Technology package for $995 that is a great buy. You get blind spot warning, rear view camera, and it will parallel park itself too.
Ford beefed up the Ford Focus chassis for this new Escape and that gives it one of the smoothest rides out there in a small SUV. Handling is good, the brakes are firm and steady, and this is one of the quietest small SUVs I’ve been in. The 2013 is larger on the outside but seems about the same on the inside. There is plenty of cargo room and back seat room for most people. Headroom is somewhat limited for the back seat, but there is plenty in the front.
The Escape I am driving has the My Ford Touch system, often a source of controversy. I can tell you that the system worked flawlessly for me. The learning curve on the system is greater than many of the competitors to it, but it also does more than most. I think it’s a great system personally and believe Microsoft has finally got all the little kinks out of it.
All in all, the new Escape is a real contender in the very popular small SUV segment. It looks great, it drives great, and I am getting almost 30 miles per gallon on the highway when trying. I find the seats in the new Escape to be among the most comfortable I’ve ever driven. Ford did this one right!
What I liked most: The changes from the old Escape, everything is better!
What I would change: Seems a little pricey, but future rebates will fix that.
Fuel Economy: Rated at 21 in town/28 Highway-getting almost 30.
Warranty: 3 Year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper, 5 Year/60,000 mile powertrain, and 5 years of Roadside Assistance.
2013 Escape in a few words: Capable, comfortable SUV.