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2013 Ford Escape 2013 Mazda CX-5
2013 Ford Escape 2013 Mazda CX-5
FWD 4dr S
  • FWD 4dr S
  • FWD 4dr SE
  • 4WD 4dr SE
  • FWD 4dr SEL
  • 4WD 4dr SEL
  • FWD 4dr Titanium
  • 4WD 4dr Titanium
FWD 4dr Man Sport
  • FWD 4dr Man Sport
  • FWD 4dr Auto Sport
  • AWD 4dr Auto Sport
  • FWD 4dr Auto Touring
  • AWD 4dr Auto Touring
  • FWD 4dr Auto Grand Touring
  • AWD 4dr Auto Grand Touring


MSRP $22,470 $20,995  
Invoice $21,178 $20,396
Avg. Paid $15,809 $19,485

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.8 8.1  
Critics' Rating 8.0 9.5
Performance 8.0 8.2
Interior 7.2 7.9
Cost to Own 9.0 9.1
Safety 8.5 8.8
Reliability 3.0 2.5

Pros & Cons

  • Nimble handling
  • Good fuel economy
  • Very good fuel economy ratings
  • Athletic handling
  • Sharp steering
  • Confusing infotainment system
  • Low reliability rating
  • Slightly underpowered engine

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Manual  
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 2.5L/152 Gas I4 2.0L/122
MPG 22 City / 31 Hwy 26 City / 35 Hwy



Body Style Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle  


Wheelbase(in) 105.900 106.300  
Length, Overall (in) 178.100 179.300
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.400 72.400
Height, Overall (in) 66.300 67.300

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard  
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Standard Standard  


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3598 3208  

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard  
Tires - Front Performance Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard
Steel Wheels Standard
Wheel Covers Standard


Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional  


Convenience & Comfort

Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard  
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Optional
Keyless Start Standard
Luggage Rack Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5  
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 98.100 103.800
Front Head Room (in) 39.900 40.100
Front Leg Room (in) 40.400 41.000
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.000 57.500
Front Hip Room (in) 54.800 55.200
Second Head Room (in) 39.000 39.000
Second Leg Room (in) 36.800 39.300
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.300 55.500
Second Hip Room (in) 52.400 53.700
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 68.100 65.400
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 34.300 34.100
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard  
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard  

Navigation & Communication

Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Optional  
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional


Cloth Seats Standard Standard  
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard  
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard  
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard  
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard  
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Displacement 2.5L/152 2.0L/122
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 168 @ 6000 155 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 170 @ 4500 150 @ 4000
Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift Manual
Turning diameter 37.000 36.700


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard  
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 35
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.100 14.8


Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut  
Suspension Type - Rear Semi-Trailing Arm Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)


Automatic Standard  
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard
Manual Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.