The 2013 Ford Escape not only looks dramatically different than the previous model, it also introduces a wave of new features, technologies and utility in a vehicle that’s quite a lot of fun to drive. Everywhere you look, the 2013 Escape is brimming with details that show amazing attention to customer needs. Here’s a look at some key areas.
The five-passenger Ford Escape has long been America’s best-selling SUV. Starting at an MSRP of $22,470, the all-new 2013 Escape captures your attention with arresting style, earns your respect with up to 33 mpg fuel economy and wins your heart with available turbocharged driving performance.
If you’re driving a crossover or small SUV now, you are almost certainly not getting anywhere near the 33 mpg highway fuel economy that the 2013 Ford Escape can deliver. Credit goes to the new 1.6-liter EcoBoost® engine. With 178 hp and 184 lb/ft of torque, the available 1.6-liter EcoBoost is even more powerful than the standard 2.5-liter non-turbo engine, and it makes the Escape a real kick to drive.
Ford EcoBoost technology combines the benefits of direct fuel injection and turbocharging to not only make more power, but also to eliminate the delay in response known as “turbo lag” that was characteristic of older turbo engines. Ford also offers a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine in the 2013 Escape. Its 240 hp and 270 lb/ft of torque could fool anyone into thinking there was a smooth V6 engine up front, making the 30 mpg highway fuel economy and 3,500 pound towing capacity a pleasant bonus, indeed. All 2013 Escape models use a six-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission, which ensures both dynamic performance and high fuel economy.
If you enjoy high-tech, you’ll love the automatic grille shutter system on all EcoBoost-equipped Escape models. When the engine computer senses the need for more cooling air, the grille slats stay open. Out on the highway or at steady cruising speeds, however, the slats close to reduce wind resistance and improve fuel efficiency.
The Intelligent 4WD System available in the 2013 Ford Escape enhances handling on any road, even when the weather is perfectly dry. The system monitors traction and cornering conditions every 16 milliseconds and automatically adjusts torque distribution as needed. Equipped with Intelligent 4WD, the 2013 Escape also makes a good escape vehicle for off-road travel.
Some premium sports cars come with torque-control technology to fine-tune vehicle handling through curves. So does the 2013 Ford Escape. If Curve Control detects that you’ve entered a curve too quickly, it can slow the vehicle for safety. Then, to help you accelerate out of the turn more quickly, Torque Vectoring Control optimizes power between the drive wheels. You won’t necessarily feel these technologies working, but you will notice how much more secure they can help make the Escape feel to drive.
Ford applied the same kind of thoughtful engineering to the entire vehicle, which is why the company refers to it as a “Smart Utility Vehicle,” a new meaning for “SUV.” Anyone who drives a crossover or small SUV will quickly appreciate the available hands-free power liftgate. If your hands are full and you cannot reach your keys, just make a gentle kicking motion under the rear bumper, and the liftgate rises. You can do the same to close it.
One part of driving that many people detest is the frustrating hunt for a curbside parking space. In the 2013 Ford Escape, the available Active Park Assist not only assuages that frustration, it can even help make the search somewhat enjoyable. The system can automatically tell you if an available space will accommodate the vehicle. Then, Active Park Assist will automatically steer your Escape into the space. You just control the gas and brake.
With up to 68.1 cubic feet of carrying space available behind the front seats, and numerous clever storage compartments, the 2013 Ford Escape can help keep daily life neat and orderly. The SYNC® with MyFord Touch system, meanwhile, will keep you connected without becoming distracted when driving. The system offers a number of ways to access music and information, including voice control, steering wheel switches, touch-screens and good old buttons and knobs. In short, the Escape works the way you do.
The available Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) can even warn you of vehicles in your blind spots or cross traffic approaching from the sides as you’re backing out of a driveway, garage or parking space.
Come in to see how these and many other intriguing details add up to make the 2013 Ford Escape the “Smart Utility Vehicle.”