After a good year in 2012, the2013 Ford Escape returns and is ready for another competition with other companies for best compact SUV. The 2013 Ford Escape retains most of the qualities that made it a hit. The exterior is very stylish and elegant, yet possesses enough robustness and durability for an SUV. Changes were made to allow more cargo space; it is now at 34.3 ft3 expandable up to 68.1 ft3 by folding down the rear seats. The 2013 Ford Escape seats up to five passengers, to which there is more than enough room. Standard interior features include air-conditioning, power windows, cloth upholstery, cruise control, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, steering wheel mounted audio controls, a 6-speaker audio system w/ CD player, auxiliary audio jack, and USB connectivity.
On higher trims, you can add features like leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, satellite radio, Sync with voice recognition and smartphone integration, a 4” information display, RCA jacks and SD card slot.
The powertrain of the 2013 Ford Escape comes in three variations. The base 2.5L engine generates 168hp, 167 lbs. of torque, at a fuel rating of 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway. The next is a turbocharged 1.6L engine that generates 178hp, 184 lbs. of torque, at a fuel rating of 23 mpg city/33 mpg highway. The third, the turbocharged 2.0L, generates 240hp and 270 lbs. of torque at a fuel rating of 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway.
The 2013 Ford Escape accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 8 seconds or less. Tests show the Escape handles pretty well, even on steep highway climbs. Notable is the fact that despite the fuel efficiency, power output is pretty good.
The 2013 Ford Escape is priced from at a base $22,600, to the top trim with all the features at $31,600. One comment with the Escape is its somewhat confusing electronics on the dashboard. Otherwise, the 2013 Ford Escape is a pretty solid choice for a compact SUV.