This 2013 Ford Escape video review provides information on price, fuel economy, safety, comfort and technology features like MyFord Touch and Sync. We compare it to other compact crossover SUVs and let you know how this new Escape stacks up.
Ford has sold more than 2 million Escapes, but now it has given its popular SUV its first complete redesign. Pricing has gone up a bit with the base model starting in the mid-$22,000s. Front-drive turbos begin around $25,000, while the Titanium all-wheel drive can top $36,000. The 1.6 EcoBoost test car featured in the video came in at about $28,000.
If you like soft-touch materials, and we sure do, you'll appreciate the quality of this cabin. Unlike the Explorer's extremely frustrating touchpad system, the Escape's climate controls are traditional and perfectly functional. Phone pairing with Sync is a breeze and the MyFord Touch screen is easy to learn.
The front seats are best-in-class, extremely comfortable and supportive. There's really good headroom in the rear, and most competitors' backseats don't have air vents. The seats recline and have a new one-touch fold-flat mechanism that provides 68.1 cubic feet of cargo space. Sure, they can't be lowered from the cargo area like in Honda's CR-V, but the Escape makes up for that with its tricky power liftgate. Just wave your foot under the bumper with the key in your pocket, and voila! Up goes the liftgate.
Crash data wasn't available when this video was made, but the optional blind-spot information system with cross-traffic alert is a segment exclusive.
The base four-cylinder engine makes 168 horsepower, but won't inspire you with its acceleration or fuel economy, at 22 city/31 highway/25 combined mpg.
The 1.6 EcoBoost turbo featured in the video makes an extra 10 hp, but gets better fuel economy, returning 23 city/33 highway. It should be adequate for most people.
But we'd be lying if we said we didn't love the 2.0 EcoBoost with its 240 horses and instantaneous acceleration. Fuel economy for the Ford Escape is rated at 25 mpg combined, but we averaged just 20. The CR-V is considerably more frugal. All engines come with a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic.
Handling is on the sporty side for the segment with good steering feel and sharp manners. The ride is admittedly taut, but still absorbs most bumps.
Between its quality interior, turbo engines, fine handling and fresh styling, the Ford Escape sets new standards for small SUVs.