Ford Tests the Waters With Preliminary Pricing For 2013 Escape

Ford has launched a preliminary configurator for the 2013 Escape. While you can put together your own small crossover with the configurator, the big disclaimer at the top that reads “For survey purposes only; prices and features subject to change” is a good tip the price tags you see here aren't finalized. Still, it gives you an idea of what you might pay for the Escape of your dreams, especially considering the automaker suggests finalized pricing -- which is due to be released sometime soon -- isn't likely to stray too far from these marks. According to the minisite, the least expensive way to step into a 2013 Escape is by way of the S trim level, which is offered only with the normally-aspirated 2.5-liter I-4 and front-wheel drive.  Options on this trim appear to be limited to Sync ($295), which is a standard feature on the next trim level, the SE. SE models also give buyers a bit more choice in terms of powertrain. The new turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4 appears to be standard, while the more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 appears to be a $1095 option. All-wheel drive is available with both engines, and costs an extra $1750. SE models are also available with a host of other premium features, including a panoramic sunroof ($1395), navigation ($795), MyFord Touch ($775), and a power liftgate ($495). SEL models -- which run an extra $2800 over their SE counterparts -- have even more features added to both the standard and optional equipment lists. Standard features include leather seating, heated front seats, chrome grille and tailgate garnishes, one-touch power windows, and ambient interior lighting. The optional 302A equipment group ($1895) builds off the 301A group offered on the SE, but also adds keyless entry and ignition, a hands-free liftgate control, reverse sensing system, remote start, and a 10-speaker Sony-sourced audio system. Navigation and a panoramic sunroof are still optional, but SEL models are also available with a parking technology package ($995), which adds blind spot detection, rain sensing wipers, front and rear park assis, a back-up camera, and a self-parking function. The top-level Escape Platinum is available in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive forms, but only with the 2.0-liter Ecoboost I4. With pricing theoretically starting at $30,870, it's $2500 more expensive than a base SEL, but adds remote start, keyless ignition, a 10-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, and 19-inch wheels as standard equipment. The SEL's options remain available, although SEL offer a full leather seating package ($895) and a trailer two package ($395). Tick all the boxes on an all-wheel-drive model, and you may be staring at an MSRP just over $37,000. We'll see if these figures stand whenever Ford rolls out official prices for the 2013 Escape, but until then, you can play around with the configurator by clicking here. Source: Ford

Matt
MSRP just over $37,000!! If I were to spend upwards to $37k for a SUV it would not be on an Escape. There are some fine SUV's other than the Escape that can be had for this hunk of change.

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