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Avg. Price Paid: $15,809 - $23,238
Original MSRP: $22,470 - $32,120
MPG: 22 City / 31 Hwy
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Used Car: 2013 Ford Escape Review

Review Last Updated: 2/3/15

The redesigned 2013 Ford Escape earned reviewer praise for its performance. However, its tech features garnered some complaints about their usability and its reliability score could be better.

The 2013 Ford Escape is available with three different four-cylinder engines. Most reviewers suggested you go for one of the two available EcoBoost (turbocharged) engines, which they said provided good performance and fuel economy. In fact, despite providing more power, the EcoBoost engines return fuel economy that’s very close to the base engine’s 22/31 mpg city/highway rating, which is good for the class. Most test drivers liked the Escape’s handling, which they said is lively and nimble. They found the Escape’s ride quality generally comfortable, though some cautioned that upper trims with larger wheels ride more firmly. The Ford Escape was the 2013 Best Compact SUV for the Money when it was new.

Most auto critics liked the 2013 Ford Escape’s quality cabin materials and pleasing design. The seats and passenger space also earned good reviews. The Escape comes standard with an auxiliary input jack and MyKey, which lets parents set some limits on the Escape for teen drivers. Available features include Ford’s SYNC system with Bluetooth and a USB port, which provides some smartphone integrations, as well as the MyFord Touch infotainment system, leather upholstery, a 10-speaker Sony audio system, blind spot monitoring, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors and parallel park assist. Reviewers complained that some of the tech features are hard to use. Test drivers were pleased with overall cargo space in the 2013 Escape, and noted that the available hands-free power liftgate is convenient when trying to access the cargo area when your hands are full.

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Other SUVs to Consider

Like the Ford Escape, the 2013 Mazda CX-5 received good reviews for its performance when it was new, as reviewers said it is one of the more fun-to-drive SUVs in the class. It was also available with a manual transmission, which is a rare feature for a compact SUV, and the CX-5 gets great fuel economy for the class.

Unlike the Escape, the 2013 Honda CR-V comes standard with features like Bluetooth and a rearview camera. The CR-V also has one of the best reliability ratings in the class.

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