2013 Ford Escape Reviews, Prices, Specs – Now, The Ford Escape is a compact crossover sold by the automaker Ford Motor Company introduced in 2000 as a 2001 model year and priced below the Ford Explorer. Although it is technically a crossover vehicle, it is marketed by Ford as part of its traditional SUV lineup (Escape, Explorer, Expedition) rather than its separate crossover lineup (Edge, Flex). The Escape was sold in Europe as the Ford Maverick. It was jointly developed with Mazda, in which Ford owned a controlling interest, and was released simultaneously with the Mazda Tribute. In the United States, Ford’s Mercury division released a luxury version called the Mariner starting with the 2005 model year, but ended production in October 2010 as Ford ended the Mercury brand.
The Escape is built on the Ford CD2 platform, which is in turn based on the Mazda GF platform, which was used by the Mazda 626. However, on June 23, 2010, it was announced that Ford will end production on the second generation Escape in 2011 and move production to its Louisville Assembly Plant in Louisville, Kentucky, where it is slated to be succeeded by an American version of its European CUV counterpart, the Ford Kuga. The third generation Escape debuted in April 2012 as a 2013 model year.
The Ford Escape is a compact crossover SUV entering its second generation on sale. From the 2001 to the 2012 model years, the Escape went from a new nameplate in the Ford lineup to one of its best sellers, logging its top sales year in 2012 the year in which Ford finally replaced it with a brand-new model.
In its first generation, the Ford Escape offered a tall, boxy layout that proved to be a good blend of space for passengers and cargo, mixed with just enough ruggedness for very light off-roading. Throughout its eleven model years on sale, the first Escape remained a good choice for those who needed compactness and maneuverability yet wanted impressive safety and a flexible, spacious interior.
While this Escape had a very boxy, traditional SUV silhouette, it had car-based underpinnings, originally borrowed in part from the Mazda 626. Although it underwent many small design changes through the years, it carried through a design intended to mimic that of the original Ford Explorer, right through the 2012 model year.
Originally the base engine on the Escape was a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, making 130 horsepower. It was underpowered, coarse and unrefined. In 2005, this engine was replaced with a 2.3-liter making 153 horsepower enough to power the Escape confidently enough, provided you don’t carry a heavy load or need to pass quickly on the highway. The 200-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 that was available gives the Escape a very different character. It’s worth noting that real-world fuel economy in four-cylinder versions of the Escape often didn’t prove to be much better than that of V-6 Escapes.
Price of 2013 Ford Escape Reviews :
Price of 2013 Ford Escape – Ford has created a more sophisticated and refined Escape, but the company is also going to be charging more to get into one. Stickers start at $23,295 for the base S trim, about $1000 pricier than last year’s base model with a manual transmission. (The S is $200 cheaper when comparing automatic-transmission models.) The SE starts at $25,895 and the SEL at $28,695. At the top end, a Titanium with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost commands $31,195. The new Escape is a big change and vastly improved—versus the old one, but it’s so radically different that we wonder if it will be able to maintain the impressive sales pace of its predecessor.
Priced from about $23,000 to more than $33,000, in trim levels from base to Titanium, the 2013 Ford Escape goes on sale in the spring of 2012.
Interior and Exterior of 2013 Ford Escape Reviews :
Interior and Exterior of 2013 Ford Escape Reviews – Interior materials of the Escape through 2007 on all but the top Limited model were quite inferior to those of other vehicles in its class, but the substantial refresh given to the model for 2008 brought upgraded materials throughout. At that time the Escape received new powertrains, including a 240-horsepower version of the 3.0-liter V-6, along with a new 171-horsepower, 2.5-liter base four-cylinder engine. By 2010 its entertainment offerings were upgraded to include SYNC, Ford’s Bluetooth-driven voice controller for phone, audio, and navigation systems.
Throughout its lifetime, the first-generation Escape earned mostly good scores for safety. The most noteworthy exception is for 2001-2007 models without the optional side airbags, and frontal performance for 2001-2004 models. In the IIHS’s new roof-strength test got a mediocre ‘marginal’ score, keeping it from getting the Top Safety Pick designation this year. The NHTSA did not re-score the Escape after it changed its testing criteria for the 2011 model year.
The new Escape remains in the same compact size class, but Ford promises ample interior and cargo space, with new conveniences and features. A new flip-fold mechanism for the rear bench seat helps tuck in the headrests for easier cargo loading, as does a motion-sensing tailgate that opens or closes at the wave of a foot under the rear bumper. The Escape’s electric power steering can park the car itself, with the driver keeping control over braking, while blind-spot monitors can alert drivers of traffic approaching from the side and rear. MyFord Touch, the voice-controlled system that runs audio, phone and optional navigation systems, has clearer displays and improved action, and the new Escape has options for luxe touches like leather upholstery and a panoramic sunroof.