2013 Ford Escape Review
The redesigned 2013 Ford Escape impresses test drivers with its engaging performance, though some say that the Escape’s tech features can be difficult to use.
The Escape has a 2.5-liter base engine that gets good fuel economy. However, auto writers prefer the optional EcoBoost engines for their lively acceleration. Test drivers say the 2013 Escape handles a lot like a small car, making it one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the class.
The Ford Escape is the 2013 Best Compact SUV for the Money because it has the best combination of ownership costs and positive reviews in its class.
Inside, the Ford Escape has good cargo space, though it doesn’t have as much as family-focused rivals like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Reviewers also say the cabin has a quality look and feel, and report that there’s comfortable seating for all but the tallest passengers. The 2013 Escape can be equipped with interior tech like Ford Sync and Sync with MyFord Touch, as well as a class-exclusive, motion-activated liftgate. While these features make the Escape one of the most high-tech models in the class, more than one reviewer notes that they can be hard to use.
- "The redesigned 2013 Ford Escape is dramatically different than the vehicle it replaces. This compact sport utility is smooth, refined, and quite engaging to drive." -- Consumer Guide
- "The new Escape finally delivers a modern small crossover to the Ford family. It's certainly one of the sharpest looking vehicles in this price class, and when equipped with one of the EcoBoost engines, the Escape is a fun and practical ute." -- Popular Mechanics
- "Pros: Slippery styling, zippy handling, bank-vault solidity. Cons: MyFord Touch infotainment hassles, and, um, that's about it." -- MSNBC
Other Cars to Consider
The Mazda CX-5, which is an all-new crossover for the 2013 model year, is one of the Ford Escape’s main competitors. Like the Escape, the CX-5 is fun to drive and gets good fuel economy. The CX-5 costs a few thousand dollars less than the Escape.
The Honda CR-V, which was redesigned for 2012, is one of the most family-friendly crossovers available. The CR-V has comfortable front and rear seats, a long center console and a larger cargo area than the Escape.
Details: Ford Escape
The Ford Escape is completely redesigned for the 2013 model year. The Escape Hybrid has been discontinued. The 2013 Ford Escape comes in S, SE, SEL and Titanium trims. All but the base S model can be equipped with four-wheel drive.