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2013 Ford Escape Pros, Cons, Prices
And How To Get The Best
(See Also: "How To Buy A New Ford Escape At The Lowest Price")
For years the Ford Escape has been a solid choice in the small crossover SUV segment. But with a major redesign for the 2013 model, the Escape has elevated its standing still further as one of the very top choices in a segment loaded with strong rivals.
Now based on Ford's European version, the Kuga, and sharing its platform with the Ford Focus, the new Escape has been rejuvenated with sporty design lines and further energized with athletic driving dynamics. The cabin is also roomier and more upscale, while the materials quality has been upgraded and the rear seat made more functional and easier to fold down. In addition, new high-tech features include a nifty "hands-free" power liftgate and the MyFord Touch electronics interface.
2013 Ford Escape SEL
While the 2013 Escape has benefited greated with its more athletic chassis, attractive interior and additional high-tech features, it's still always best to review both a vehicle's strong qualities as well as its weaker, potential problem areas before making a final buying decision. In addition, if someone then decides to proceed with a purchase, it's also best to have a rock-solid plan for getting the absolute lowest price possible, so we'll lead you to that information as well.
Before going into more detail below, the Escapes's overall positives can be summarized to include its capable road manners, solid fuel economy, lots of high-tech goodies and comfortable and high-quality interior. On the downside, its overall negatives would include its high price tag with options and somewhat user-unfriendly climate controls.
Capable Road Manners:
Despite sharing the Focus's platform, the Escape's heavier weight and higher center of gravity naturally prevent it from duplicating the Focus's more competent road manners. That said, its handling is quite impressive for an SUV thanks to healthy acceleration, plenty of grip in the curves and nicely controlled body roll. Cornering in the Titanium model is ever better due to the increased grip from its high-performance 19-inch tires.
The most popular engine choice will likely be its new turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-4 that produces 178 horsepower. But those looking for more gusto can choose the 240-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder that replaced the previous V6.
Solid Fuel Economy:
There are actually three engine choices. Only the S model comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that outputs 168 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque. Standard on the SE and SEL models is the turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-4 that produces 178 horsepower and 184 pound-feet. And optional on the SE and SEL and standard on the Titanium is the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 that's good for 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.
The EPA-estimated gas mileage rating for the 2.5-liter is 22 mpg city and 31 mpg on the highway. The front-wheel-drive 1.6-turbocharged (EcoBoost) is rated at 23 mpg city and 33 highway, while the 2.0-liter turbocharged (EcoBoost) comes in at 22 and 30, respectively. Opting for an all-wheel-drive model reduces gas mileage performance by 1-2 mpg.
Ford's very useful and popular Sync system integrates the vehicles's communication and entertainment systems to allow hands-free telephone calls and control music and other functions via voice commands.
Also offered is the newest version of the MyFord Touch system which not only uses advanced Sync technology to integrate mobile phones, PDAs and digital media players with voice commands and touch-screen inputs, but is also capable of receiving text messages and reading them aloud. Another convenient gadget is the optional hands-free power liftgate which operates by waving a foot under the rear bumper (but only when the key fob is close by).
2013 Ford Escape Titanium interior
Comfortable and High-Quality Interior:
The Escape's seating is well-padded, comfortable and yet still supportive with especially wide front seats. The overall materials quality as well as the fit and finish is solid and high grade, while the gauge and feature layout is well designed and user-friendly. This is a thoroughly modern and attractive environment.
Passenger room is ample for a compact SUV with plenty of leg- and headroom both front and rear. And like its sibling, the Focus, the Escape has a sporty, thick-rimmed steering wheel that lends to this SUV's carlike personality.
Pricey With Options:
Adding options such as 18-inch wheels, the panoramic sunroof, navigation, the power liftgate, the MyFord Touch electronics interface, leather upholstery, the Cargo Management System (roof rack, interior tonneau cover, power liftgate), the Technology package (hands-free liftgate, remote start, keyless ignition/entry, reverse park assist and a 10-speaker Sony stereo system with HD radio) or the Parking Technology package (a rearview camera, automated parallel parking assist, a blind-spot monitor and front and rear parking sensors) can quickly add up to a near luxury-level price.
Less Than User-Friendly Climate Controls:
While most of the Escape's controls are easy to use, the climate system is an exception. The problem mostly stems from its location, which is quite low and awkwardly positioned in front of the gear shift. This can lead to fumbling with buttons and could potentially take the driver's eyes off the road excessively, especially when first learning to use these controls.
The 2013 Escape's positive attributes far outnumber its shortfalls. For design, handling, fuel economy and comfort, it clearly resides among the segment's best, making it well worth serious consideration for those in the small crossover SUV market.
Others worthy of consideration would include the well-balanced Chevrolet Equinox, the feature and value packed Hyundai Santa Fe, the athletic Mazda CX-5 as well as the the tried and true Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
How To Get The Lowest Price:
Well, there's definitely a 'best way' when it comes to new car buying. If you want to get the best bottomline, out-the-door price you need to know exactly who to talk to at the dealership, how to make the contact and how to make this person eager to quickly drop prices as low as possible to get your sale.
Here's the details on exactly how to get the best price on a new Ford Escape.
Good luck and all the best,