The Ford Escape delivers a classy interior, excellent handling, and plenty of cargo space with rear seats that fold down with one touch. MyFord Touch and Voice Command remain problematic. Escape offers a choice of drivetrains, with three four-cylinder engines and front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The 240-hp EcoBoost 2.0-liter four-cylinder with all-wheel drive feels solid and sophisticated. The 1.6-liter EcoBoost is quick, lively and visceral, while the 2.0 feels like a V6. We liked the Escape SE with the 1.6-liter engine because it delivers most of the virtues at the lowest price.
Sam Moses filed this report after his test drive of the 2013 Ford Escape in the Pacific Northwest.
Model Line Overview
Ford Escape S ($22,700); Escape SE ($25,550), SE AWD ($27,300); Escape Titanium ($29,100), Titanium AWD ($30,850)
AdvanceTrac traction and stability control with roll stability control, Curve Control, Torque Vectoring Control, two-stage frontal airbags, driver knee airbag, side airbags, ABS with Brake Assist, tire pressure monitor, rearview camera
Safety equipment (optional):
blind-spot information system with cross-traffic alert
3 years/36,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Ford Escape SE ($25,550)
cloth upholstery, air conditioning, manual front seat adjustment, 60/40 fold-flat rear seats, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio with MP3, info display, tilt/telescope steering wheel, keyless entry, cruise control, halogen headlamps, body-color door handles and mirrors, chrome bar grille, satellite radio, auto headlamps, 4-inch color screen, privacy glass, reclining rear seats, audio controls on steering wheel, 17-inch alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSRP):
SE Convenience Package ($1195) includes dual-zone climate control, SYNC with MyFord Touch, 8-inch touch screen, nine speakers, Media Hub, reverse sensing system, perimeter alarm, 110-volt outlet, black roof side rails, SYNC Services, SiriusXM Satellite Radio; roof cross bars ($145); power panoramic vista roof ($1495); SYNC with MyFord Touch and navigation ($795); tonneau cover ($135)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
1.6-liter dohc 24-valve twin-turbo I4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
178 @ 5700
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
184 @ 2500
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
68.1 cu. ft.
independent, Macpherson struts, stabilizer bar, twin-tube gas shocks
independent, multilink, stabilizer bar, monotube gas shocks
disc/disc with ABS, ESC
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of August 14, 2013.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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