2013 Ford Escape SE SUV (1.6L 4-cyl. Turbo FWD 6-speed Automatic)
The 2013 Escape is a big move in the right direction for Ford. One of the Escape's main strengths is a choice of powertrains. But it also scores high marks for its sporty handling manners, well-crafted interior and some cool tech features.
PerformanceThe smaller turbo four-cylinder gives the Escape adequate acceleration. Like competitors, it sometimes lacks power. The transmission is a smooth operator, and the manual mode gives easy-to-access engine braking and rev-matched downshifts.
The 1.6-liter, 173-horsepower Ecoboost engine is acceptably powerful and merely matches its competitors in this regard. Engine can feel strained.
Solid, consistent brake performance. The Escape was very stable during our panic-simulation ABS stops. In everyday driving, the brakes offer linear response and feel.
Typical electric-assist, artificial steering feel, which is the norm these days. Still, there's enough information here to make prudent decisions.
FWD Escapes match their AWD counterparts in terms of handling prowess. The Escape is capable and confident and the stability-control system doesn't hurt ultimate grip or poise.
No problems here. Smooth acceleration, relatively supple automatic transmission. Intuitive and lacking any obvious deficiencies.
ComfortOverall comfort is good in the Escape. Its ride is amply compliant even though it's one of the better-handling SUVs in the segment.
We like the Escape's seats, as they provide all-day comfort. Heating (optional on some trim levels) is a nice touch.
The Escape has a surprisingly comfy ride. Surprising because it trades off very little in the way of ride quality in return for its excellent handling.
The Escape's turbo four-cylinder is much quieter than some competitors, especially at wide-open throttle.
InteriorFor the most part the interior makes sense and is easy to use. It's loaded with features (on the Titanium trim level). Good material and assembly quality.
Commonly used controls are in reach and intuitive. Optional MyFord Touch infotainment and navigation interfaces are less successful.
The seat height in the Escape is just right. Like most minivans, there's no bending down to get in, even though the Escape is a small crossover.
We had no fitment problems within either the front or back seats, but there isn't a sense of spaciousness in the Escape like there is in the roomier Honda CR-V.
Front and rear visibility are only average, parking sensors are optional. The Escape is definitely not as airy or as easy to see out of as some of its competitors.
The fold-flat 60/40-split rear seats and optional foot-activated power liftgate enhance cargo area. But the Escape doesn't have a cargo-mounted seatback release.
ValueFully loaded, the EcoBoost escape is over $30,000, but is packed with features you'd expect at that price like a power liftgate, keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth and USB inputs.
Build Quality (vs. $)
Build quality is as good as one can expect in a vehicle in this price range. Materials appear durable and well put together.
You'll pay for them, but safety and technology features are available and abundant on the new Escape.
Be careful when checking option boxes on the Escape. You can quickly run up the bill. Still, it's a lot of (small) SUV for the money.
Asking a little engine to do the job of a larger one means the Escape's fuel economy suffers at the driver's will. Still, we managed to meet the EPA's Combined 26 mpg.
The Escape offers average warranty coverage: 3 years/36,000 miles basic, 5 years/60,000 miles powertrain.
Owners will appreciate the roadside assistance coverage of 5 years/60,000 miles.
Fun To DriveThe only compact crossover that's more fun-to-drive than this one is a more powerful, all-wheel-drive version Ford also sells. As is, the FWD 1.6L SE provides modest power, a real transmission, and good handling.
Quick enough, grippy, well-mannered and reasonably practical.
Attractive styling, adequate cargo capabilities, and practical as a family car. There are lots of reasons to like the new Escape.
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