Since its introduction in 2001, more than two million Ford Escape SUVs have been sold, making the Escape America’s best-selling SUV. Following a stem-to-stern redesign, the new 2013 Ford Escape builds on the nameplate’s rock-solid reputation for versatility, dependability and value with sleeker styling, greater interior space and a pair of EcoBoost engines set to deliver class-leading fuel economy.
For the past 10 years, the Escape has been king of the five-passenger SUVs because it offers buyers superior comfort, amenities and capability. The all-new 2013 Ford Escape takes that winning recipe and adds a few more ingredients sure to satisfy an even broader section of buyers. Greater safety tops the list of fresh features, accompanied by increased interior space, more advanced infotainment technology and a more responsive available Intelligent Four-Wheel Drive system. The new Escape also has 11 new exclusive features, not found on any other small SUV. Here’s a preview of the hard-and-fast highlights.
Ford will sell the new Escape in four trim levels: S (MSRP $21,970), SE, SEL and Titanium.
The S features a 2.5-liter Duratec four-cylinder engine making 168 hp and 167 lb/ft of torque. Standard on SE and SEL models is the first of two powerful and fuel-thrifty EcoBoost™ engines available – a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder, good for 173 hp and 177 lb/ft of torque – which makes its debut in the new Escape.
Driving the top-level Titanium model, and replacing last year’s 3.0-liter V6, is a powerhouse 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder (optional on SE and SEL). Credit direct fuel injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing (technology common to both EcoBoost powerplants) for the 2.0-liter four’s ability to crank out 237 hp – on par heavier, thirstier V6 engines – while delivering up to five highway mpg more than last year’s top-of-the-line Limited model.
Another boost to fuel efficiency: All Escape models equipped with either EcoBoost engine feature active shutters mounted in the front grille. At speed, these shutters close automatically to redirect airflow and help reduce drag.
The Escape channels power to the front wheels through a standard six-speed SelectShift™
automatic transmission that also allows the driver to shift gears manually via a switch on the side of the gear lever. All models except the S offer an intelligent four-wheel drive system that reads a variety of inputs – including steering angle, wheel speed and lateral acceleration – and can distribute up to 100 percent of torque to either axle for optimized on- and off-road traction.
Further enhancing your safety and comfort at speed is a slate of advanced driver-assistance technology, ranging from the familiar like four-wheel anti-lock brakes and traction control to the class-exclusive such as Torque Vectoring Control and Curve Control, which instantly slows the Escape to the proper speed when you enter a corner too fast.
The standard Electric Power-Assist Steering (EPAS) works in concert with Active Park Assist, an optional system that detects an appropriately sized space and works the steering to parallel park. All you need to do is work the throttle and brake pedals.
A primary complaint among buyers cross shopping compact SUVs: Too many models put the emphasis on “compact.” Not so with the new Escape. The standard 60/40-split second-row seats fold flat to create 68.1 cubic feet of cargo space (34.3 cubic feet with the second row in place). Stowing that cargo is a snap thanks to a low, 27-inch liftover height and an available new, class-exclusive, hands-free power liftgate. Simply slide your foot beneath the rear bumper when you have the key fob in your pocket and motion sensors signal the liftgate to unlock and rise automatically. Use the same motion to close and lock the hatch after your bags are packed. Add the available Class II Tow Package to models equipped with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine and maximum towing capacity reaches 3,500 pounds.
There’s also nothing compact about the host of standard features on the new Escape. The S model delivers standard as air conditioning, keyless entry, a new driver’s knee airbag and a six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system.
Choose the SE and the bounty expands to include foglamps, body-colored door handles and mirror caps, audio controls mounted on the steering wheel, privacy glass, the award-winning Ford SYNC® Voice-Activated Communication and Entertainment System and dual chrome exhaust.
Next up, the SEL adds popular refinements that include premium leather-trimmed seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shiftknob, heated front seats, a 10-way power driver’s seat with power recline, 18-inch machined aluminum wheels and the MyFord Touch™ touch-screen interface.
The top-level Titanium gathers all of these standards and adds exclusive amenities like a Premium Partial Leather Interior, remote start, 19-inch Premium Paint alloys and HD Radio™ with 10 Sony speakers.
Of course, the Escape offers several available packages and stand-alone options to help you tailor the Escape to your precise needs. A navigation system leads the way, followed by a RearView camera, full leather seating, High Intensity Discharge headlamps, a Power Panorama Roof and the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross Traffic Alert, which detects when a vehicle has entered a blind spot and notifies you by displaying an alert in the side-view mirror.
Ford likes to call the new Escape the “Smarter Utility Vehicle.” When you’re ready to make the smart choice in compact crossovers, contact us to schedule a test drive of the all-new 2013 Ford Escape.