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Ford Escape

Ford’s best-selling crossover gets a thorough redesign.

Since it was introduced more than a decade ago, the Escape has been one of Ford’s best-selling vehicles. In fact, in 2011 the Escape was the best-selling sport-utility/crossover vehicle in the United States. More Escapes were sold that year than all BMWs combined, and the Escape also outsold the popular Honda Accord and Civic. So when Ford decided to build an all-new Escape, it knew that it had to be good. The all-new 2013 Escape went on sale last spring, and it delivers in pretty much every respect. The clean-sheet design leaves the boxy old Escape behind, with a more streamlined look, a wider grille, and narrower headlights. The base engine is a normally aspirated 168-hp, 2.5-liter four. Two EcoBoost four-cylinders are optional: the 173-hp 1.6-liter unit sounds great at high revs and delivers strong linear power, and the 231-hp 2.0-liter provides instantaneous thrust. All three engines are paired with a six-speed automatic that has a manual mode but no paddle shifters. The Escape’s power steering is quick and responsive, and the ride is taut but not rough. The interior is filled with nicely designed soft-touch materials, but the center stack intrudes on the driver’s leg space. All in all, the new Escape, awash with clever technologies and attractive new packaging, promises to build on the previous model’s success.

COMPETITORS

Chevrolet Equinox

Honda CR-V

Mazda CX-5

Toyota RAV4

new for 2013

The Escape has been extensively redesigned. In place of the previous V-6 and hybrid powertrains are fuel-efficient EcoBoost four-cylinders. New features include a hands-free power liftgate, a panoramic sunroof, and a new four-wheel-drive system. The Escape is quieter, thanks to foam baffles in the pillars and front fenders, upgraded chassis components, and improved seals for the doors and windows.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Front, front knee, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; blind-spot mirrors; programmable MyKey; and tire-pressure monitoring are standard. The SOS Post-Crash Alert System sounds the horn if the air bags have deployed. BLIS with cross-traffic alert, a rearview camera, and reverse and forward sensing systems are optional.

High Mileage

MPG

CITY 21–23

HWY 28–33

PRO

All-new inside and out

Three engine options

Good fuel economy

CON

Intrusive center console

Base Price Range: $23,295–$31,195

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVE: Front-wheel, 4-wheel

TRIM LEVELS: S, SE, SEL, Titanium

BODY STYLE: SUV/crossover, 5-passenger

ENGINES: 1.6L turbo I-4, 173 hp, 184 lb-ft

2.0L turbo I-4, 231 hp, 270 lb-ft

2.5L I-4, 168 hp, 170 lb-ft

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic

PASSENGER VOLUME: 98.1 cu ft

CAPACITIES: Towing 1500–3500 lb; cargo (rear seats up/down) 34.3/68.1 cu ft

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