Completely redesigned for the first time since it debuted at the turn of the century, the Ford Escape is a compact crossover SUV that competes in one of the most popular vehicle segments.
The redesigned 2013 Ford Escape can be equipped with a new hands-free power tailgate that opens by waving your foot under the rear bumper, which is useful when your hands are full. However, for this to work you must have the Intelligent Key fob on your person.
Ford employs ecologically friendly kenaf plant in the new Escape's door construction, reducing the SUVs weight, thereby saving gas. The process also replaces 300,000 pounds of oil-based resin in North America every year, according to Ford.
Continuing on the ecological theme, the 2013 Escape's carpeting is derived from recycled plastic bottles, while the seat cushions and head restraints use foam made from plant seeds.
In terms of cargo area, the new Escape provides 34.2 cubic feet of volume behind the rear seat, and a maximum total of 68.1 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down.Optional FeaturesFord sells the 2013 Escape in S, SE, SEL and Titanium trim levels. Depending on the trim, the new Escape can be equipped with leather, Intelligent Access keyless entry with push-button ignition, panoramic sunroof, hands-free power tailgate, and 19-inch aluminum wheels. Second-generation MyFord Touch infotainment technology is available, along with a navigation system and a 10-speaker Sony premium audio with HD Radio and iTunes tagging capability. A Parking Technology package adds Active Park Assist, a blind-spot information system with Cross Traffic Alert, front and rear park assist sensors, and a rearview camera.
Under the Hood
Three different engines are available in the 2013 Ford Escape. The Escape S comes with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder making 168 horsepower. The Escape SE, SEL and Titanium get a standard 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder generating 177 horsepower. This EcoBoost engine can be replaced with another EcoBoost engine--a turbocharged 2.0-liter producing 237 horsepower.
Each of the three engines drives the Escape's front wheels through a 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with manual shift capability. An available Intelligent 4WD system includes torque-vectoring control technology. The EPA had not rated the new Escape for fuel economy as this preview was published.
Every 2013 Ford Escape is equipped with seven air bags, including a driver's knee air bag, as well as a 4-wheel-disc anti-lock braking system with brake assist. An AdvanceTrac stability and traction control system is also standard, and features Curve Control technology. Ford also provides owners with the ability to program excessive speed chimes, reduced top-speed capability, reduced maximum stereo volume, and other safety-related items through the standard MyKey technology.
All models except the Escape S are equipped with Sync hands-free connectivity, which includes 911 Assist. This feature can automatically dial 9-1-1 if the air bags deploy, allowing an operator to send rescuers to the Escape's exact location. Ford also offers a blind-spot information system with Cross Traffic Alert for the all-new 2013 Escape.