2013 Ford Escape

S FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility I4 auto trans

2013 ford escape Reviews and News

2013 Ford Escape Vs 2012 Honda CR V Vs 2013 Mazda CX 5 Group Left Side View
Goldilocks wants a new compact crossover. As circumstances would have it, she's in luck. She's interested in a segment chock full of nice vehicles from just about every carmaker you can think of -- from Kia to Range Rover and every manufacturer in between.
In the high-volume part of the compact SUV group, there are two numbers winners, the Honda CR-V and the Ford Escape, which tend to duke it out for the top sales spot. Goldilocks wants a mainstream, well-equipped vehicle that comes standard without sticker shock, so she'll be looking at both of these vehicles. As a bonus, they're both new: a redesigned CR-V debuted a few months ago, and a brand new Ford Escape will be hitting showrooms shortly.
There's a third new player on the field, too: the Mazda CX-5. Not only is it new this year, it replaces the Tribute, which used to be a rebadged Escape. We gathered all three vehicles for a day of driving and realized that while their recipes are almost identical, the end result is three very distinct flavors. Which one will Goldilocks like best? Well, it depends on what kind of porridge she prefers.

2012 Honda CR-V AWD EX-L NAV

Honda has a long reputation for getting stuff right, and while some of the company's other products have missed the mark lately, the CR-V is chugging along nicely. This is the vehicle that virtually defines its class -- and, indeed, the two competitors we rounded up are near clones of the Honda: all three measure within 0.6 inch in length, 0.6 inch in width, and 0.8 inch in height. They come exclusively with four-cylinder engines and all offer the choice between front or all-wheel drive. The "Cute Ute" has been boiled down to a formula (we'll call it Goldilocks Porridge Reduction) and you could certainly argue that Honda's CR-V has, historically, had the winning recipe.
There's nothing particularly high-style about the CR-V -- on the outside, it's anything but sexy, with a bizarre front end, a minivan profile, and small (in this company) seventeen-inch wheels with tall sidewalls. Inside, it's a similar story, with gathered leather seats that look like they're from a 1990s Acura. Even our fully loaded tester doesn't come with keyless-go, so you'll have to put a metal key into the ignition switch. It does have a navigation system, although its monochrome graphics seem to have been inspired by an Atari 2600. There's another LCD screen, too, which is slightly better -- think original Nintendo -- but it's too small, too far away, and displays occasionally redundant information in a font and color scheme that doesn't match the nav screen's.
Sounds like a bitter bowl of porridge, doesn't it? Well, it's not. The CR-V might not win on presentation, but if you have an appetite for utility, the Honda wins the taste test by a mile. The minivan looks mean minivan usability: there are enormous storage bins everywhere, for example. The high console-mounted shifter feels just right in your hand, and the seats are comfortable. Best of all, the rear seats fold flat in the most breathtakingly simple mechanical origami this side of an Alton Brown cooking contraption -- no motors are involved, just a gentle tug on one of the two handles mounted cleverly (and accessibly) by the rear hatch. In one motion, the seat bottoms flip up and forward, then the seatbacks flop down. The CR-V might be the same size as these other two vehicles, but no one told its interior -- cargo room dwarfs the other two vehicles with the seats up or down. And the liftover height is impossibly low.
Should Goldilocks fancy herself a racecar driver, she'll be excited by the highest redline here. Honda's 2.4-liter straight-four is torquey and chock full of personality, and it makes its 185-hp power peak right at its lofty 7000-rpm redline. Unfortunately, it's mated to a five-speed automatic that's geared for fuel economy, not performance. Red light! Green Light! ...No! No wheelspin (thanks to an electronic AWD system that preemptively sends power rearward), but also not so much in the way of acceleration. The wait to get through first gear is a long one -- you'll be nearing freeway speeds before you feel the first shift. And second gear is virtually identical to the Mazda's third: it's good for a rather shocking 83 mph. Acceleration isn't painful, but it's never exhilarating, either.
The CR-V's electric power steering is far too overboosted to let road feel through to the wheel, and its ratio (16.7:1) is, by a wide margin, the slowest of the group. Its ride is slightly busy over broken pavement and the suspension can get a bit loose over big bumps. The Honda's ground clearance trails the other two vehicles by a wide margin (6.7 inches for AWD models versus 7.9 for the Ford and 8.5 for the Mazda), which might make it less capable in deep snow.
Not much about the CR-V will excite Goldilocks' inner Danica Patrick, but when it comes to an extremely usable, dependable, and very well put-together compact crossover, this porridge's lack of spice means it'll appeal to many and offend very few.

The Specs

PRICE: $30,605/$30,605 (base/as tested)
ENGINE: 2.4L I-4, 185 hp, 163 lb-ft
TRANSMISSION: 5-speed automatic
EPA MILEAGE: 22/30 mpg

2013 Ford Escape Titanium 4WD

A Ford-loving Goldilocks is in trouble if she's indecisive, because unlike the other cars here, which are available with one single engine offering, the Escape comes with your choice of three. Base models are equipped with a 2.5-liter, 168-hp four. Next up is an EcoBoost (turbocharged, direct-injection) 1.6-liter that makes 178 hp. And leadfooteded Goldilocks can have an EcoBoost 2.0-liter that makes 240 hp.
Call us GoldiLeadfoots, because we tested the top-of-the-line Escape with every bell, whistle, and Bear Detection System. Well, not the last bit, but the Escape is, in this group, a rolling techno showcase. It came equipped with keyless-go, blind-spot monitoring with cross traffic alert (meaning it'll let you know if you're about to get sideswiped while backing out of a parking spot), automatic HID projector headlights, LED daytime running lights, active park assist (meaning it'll park itself), a power rear liftgate with Hokey-Pokey control (meaning it'll open or close electrically if you wave your foot under the rear bumper), a full-length panorama glass roof, and, of course, the MyFordTouch infotainment system -- which includes SYNC voice-activated commands, navigation system, a killer Sony sound system, and a touchscreen to control it all. It has four auto-up and -down power windows -- the other cars have it only on the driver's porthole.
There's no reason for Goldilocks to even sample the other cars' seats -- Ford's Sport Seats are "wow!" comfortable, and they're trimmed in leather and, like the others, heated. The Escape's cabin is full of angles and edges, including the rim of the steering wheel, which is uncomfortable to hold as a result. But the turquoise needles on the gauges are a cool touch -- and the high-resolution, colorful, and customizable LCD screen between the gauges trumps all.
Although MyFordTouch has been substantially revised (the previous one was, to use a word, dreadful), its clear, colorful, and very high-resolution touchscreen interface highlights exactly what's wrong with using a touchscreen: the virtual buttons appear on a flat, featureless screen, so Goldilocks will be taking her eyes off the road for a very long time to use them. Good luck if she hits a bump while trying to press a button -- the little graphical boxes that make up the buttons are so small that she could easily hit the wrong function three buttons over.
We didn't spend enough time in the Escape to test all of MyFordTouch's features (though unlike in older versions, we experienced no sudden reboots or failures), but some features didn't work properly. For example, if Ms. Goldilocks uses her iPhone for music, she's best off plugging it in via the USB adapter. This not only charges the phone, but allows her to use the touchscreen (or SYNC voice-activated controls) to find the music that's not too hard rock or too classical, but Top 40 Just Right. Except that if her iPhone is also paired to the system via Bluetooth, she’ll have to consult the owner’s manual to figure out how to listen to music via the USB adapter – either that, or she can to switch to Bluetooth streaming (which eliminates the possibility of browsing the music collection by voice or touchscreen). Either way, she’ll be confused. Sound confusing? It's more than confusing, it'd infuriate even Papa Bear from a relaxed hibernation.
Once the music does come on, though, the sound quality is superb and well beyond what you'd expect at this price point. Clearly, with all the gadgets and gizmos (and the powerful subwoofer), Ford is playing to a younger Goldilocks than Honda is.
And then you hit the gas. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost is a rocket compared with the other crossovers here. Its turbocharged torque curve is as flat as the surface of overcooked porridge, and instantaneous thrust is available whenever you want it. Turbo lag is, of course, present, but a loose torque converter masks it almost completely in normal driving. The six-speed automatic shifts smoothly and quickly, and if you sprain your wrist just right, you can call up a pseudo-manual mode with an ill-placed rocker switch on the side of the shifter. Still, the ability to call up individual gears might help when towing -- and when equipped properly, the Escape can tow up to 3500 lb (far in excess of the Honda CR-V's 1500 lb and the Mazda CX-5's 2000 lb).
The weight of the big nineteen-inch wheels seems to stress the Ford's chassis rigidity (no doubt weakened by the enormous panoramic roof), inducing some cabin rattles over broken pavement. The suspension tuning seems oversprung and underdamped, leading to a bouncy ride on back roads, but the bump stops were left fully unmolested over the biggest of impacts. Ford's stability control programming is excellent, never intruding unless necessary, and then slowing the vehicle only as much as required. Like the Honda, the Escape's AWD system uses a computer-controlled clutch that predicts wheel spin before it happens, so even with all its prodigious power, the Escape won't squeal a tire on dry pavement.
The Escape's electric power steering is quick and responsive, though rubber-bandy in its effort. It has the widest turning circle of the group -- and the narrowest interior. Not only does the Ford trail its other rivals in shoulder room front and rear, but the sloped center stack intrudes noticeably into the driver's footwell. As a result, Goldilocks' right leg will remain in constant contact with hard plastic, fighting to get her leg far enough to the right to reach the offset and partially obscured gas pedal.
The Escape is the only car here that can't fold its rear seats using a lever at the back of the car, but at least the process is supremely easy to do from the rear doors: one lever flips each of the seats over almost completely flat. Despite the smallest overall interior of the group, the Escape's cargo-carrying ability is smack in the middle. The rear seats can be reclined (like the Honda's), making the back of the Escape a very comfortable place to be.
In fact, overall, the Escape is a very nice vehicle to spend time in. We think Goldilocks will like it -- if she's young and in love with high-tech toys. But if all the fairy tales are right, she'll likely love the crossover that's not too minivan-like and not too high-tech toyish. There's a third bowl of porridge that is, to borrow a phrase, just right.

The Specs

PRICE: $32,945/$36,130 (base/as tested)
ENGINES: 2.0L Turbo I-4, 240 hp, 270 lb-ft
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic
EPA MILEAGE: 21/28 mpg

2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring FWD

At $29,165, our Mazda CX-5 was the least expensive vehicle in our trio -- but it lacked four-wheel drive and produced the least horsepower. While we're on the subject of frugality, it also boasts the best EPA fuel economy ratings, and in our rigorous testing (we drove like animals) used by far the least fuel. In fact, it beat the Ford by 30 percent and the Honda by fifteen.
If the defining feature of the CR-V is usability and the Ford's is high-tech, the Mazda CX-5's calling card is gimmick-free elegance. There's a richness to the vehicle that goes beyond the others -- in its exterior styling as well as its cabin. The red-stitched black leather looks and smells more expensive than the hides in the other cars; the no-frills dashboard trades overwrought styling features for simple functionality, and the Mazda's driving dynamics are, simply put, a whole class ahead of its rivals.
The CX-5's steering feels like its rack came straight off the shelf of the Porsche engineering center. It's accurate, well-weighted, and highly communicative. Will Goldilocks care about steering? Does a bear cook in the woods? Absolutely! The typical crossover buyer may not speak in terms of on-center steering feel and load buildup, but all drivers know good steering when they feel it: Goldilocks will get in this car and instantly feel like she's connected with the wheels and in control of her vehicle.
And when the bears come running after her, the CX-5 will make the quickest getaway. It may be down 85 hp from the Ford and 30 hp on the Honda, but the Mazda's body weighs some 300 lb less than the Ford and about 100 lb less than the Honda when comparably equipped. With short, closely spaced gearing and a transmission that loves to play ball, the Mazda doesn't suffer much from its lack of power -- and the well-weighted leather shift knob can be thrown into a fully manual gate that uses the racing layout (forward for downshifts, rearward for upshifts).
The CX-5 leisurely rounds bends at speeds that would have the CR-V's tires screaming loud enough to scare off any attacking furry mammal, and it demonstrates class-leading body control over potholes, frost heaves, and speed humps. The front suspension will bottom out over big bumps that the Ford takes in stride, but the rest of the Mazda's driving experience is flawless. And its ride is quieter and more supple than the others'.
In terms of usability and technology, the CX-5 again falls right in the sweet spot. Its cargo room is the smallest of the bunch, but its cabin is biggest overall, meaning it has the most space for people. The rear seat is split 40/20/40, and it can be folded forward in any combination by way of very clever handles near the rear hatch. The resulting load floor isn't, however, perfectly flat.
The CX-5 features some of the Ford's high-tech goodies without feeling overly gimmicky. Like the Escape, our Mazda was equipped with blind-spot monitoring -- which isn't available on the Honda, which needs it the most thanks to thick D-pillars that obscure rearward visibility. All three cars had reverse cameras, though the Mazda's screen is quite small. The CX-5's optional swiveling HID headlamps make for great visibility on curvy roads at night, and we suspect its Bose stereo is good enough to keep passengers entertained on long journeys over the hills and through the woods -- whether to Grandmother's house or to a rave.
Getting lost shouldn't be a problem since Mazda's navigation system was designed by TomTom, and while the screen is by far the smallest of the three, its graphical buttons are the largest and easiest to operate. The steering wheel controls and gauges are simple, straightforward, and highly legible -- and like the other cars, the CX-5's dual-zone climate control is easy to use, and it spit out the coldest air-conditioned air of the group.
The interesting thing about children's stories is how well they apply to our adult lives. Sure, you can have your porridge any way you like it. The Honda CR-V is like oatmeal -- not very flavorful, but packed with benefits. The Ford Escape is a warm bowl of peppered grits packed with lots of spice and flavor -- though perhaps too much for some. And then the Mazda CX-5 is a delicate polenta -- it's the same basic idea, but somehow this porridge comes across as more substantial, more expensive, and more elegant. Or as Goldilocks might say, it's just right.

The Specs

PRICE: $27,840/$29,165 (base/as tested)
ENGINE: 2.0L I-4, 155 hp, 150 lb-ft
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic
EPA MILEAGE: 26/32 mpg
2013 Ford Escape Front Three Quarter In Motion 4
The road from Stinson Beach to the top of Mt. Tamalpais is a classic California hill-climb, a narrow, twisting, dipping, heaving, unpredictable ribbon of off-camber asphalt that tests the mettle of car, driver, and, especially, passenger. Ford Escape chief engineer Eric Loeffler, riding shotgun in an all-wheel-drive 2013 Escape SE, seems unfazed. I'm taking the SUV to the edges of its performance envelope, revving the 1.6-liter turbo four to its 6375-rpm redline, diving into corners, braking without equivocation, and creating my own private racing lines where the road opens up into broad sweepers. In other words, driving exactly unlike 99 percent of Escape owners will ever drive. Loeffler, though, needs to be back at his Fisherman's Wharf hotel by 5 o'clock so that he can get to the San Francisco airport. He's heading to China, where he's working on the Escape's identical twin, the Ford Kuga, which will be sold there for the first time. I am an obliging chauffeur, a willing participant in Ford's global product-expansion plans.
In the midst of this spectacularly sunny, late-afternoon drive, a memory surfaces of a similar drive, on the same Marin County roads, in the first-generation Ford Escape. On that day in May 2000, another journalist and I split the driving duties while a different Ford Engineer unhelpfully complained of motion sickness from the rear seat, a perch she had actively sought and one that we had not encouraged be occupied. After ditching her at the first available opportunity, we continued our drive to Bodega Bay unimpeded. I then joined the chorus of reviewers who ordained the Escape the new gold standard for driving dynamics among small SUVs.
The overall worthiness of that original Escape, a vehicle that didn't receive a significant freshening until 2008 and new powertrains in 2009, bore fruit for Ford both in sales and image. Not only was the Escape the first Ford vehicle to be offered with a hybrid powertrain in an era when America was falling in love with the Toyota Prius, Ford moved more than 2 million of them over its life span. In fact, 2011 was the Escape's best year ever, with an incredible 254,293 units sold.
The completely redone 2013 Escape is certainly capable of filling its predecessor's big shoes, partly because it's based on Ford's excellent global C1 platform, which also underpins the Focus. So the basic ingredients of good driving dynamics -- crisp and precise steering, responsive brakes (the same ones that will be used on the upcoming, high-performance Focus ST), smooth and energetic engines, and a chassis tuned equally for athleticism and comfort -- are present and accounted for. The Escape is the first American Ford to use the new 1.6-liter EcoBoost, which produces 178 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque while providing 33 mpg on the highway, bettering the old Escape Hybrid's highway number by 2 mpg. "As you know, we will do other variants on the C1 platform with hybrid and electric powertrains," points out Loeffler, when asked why the Escape Hybrid doesn't return. The 1.6-liter sounds great at high revs and delivers strong linear power, with not a wisp of econocar four-banger about it. The 2.0-liter, for its part, is also full of high-revving character and churns out 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. No one will miss the V-6. Some drivers might wonder, though, why there are no shift paddles, or at least why the manual shift function is so difficult to use: you have to crook your elbow to hit the up-and-down toggle switch on the left side of the gearshift lever.
Volume seller that the Escape is, Ford felt obliged to offer a price-leader, front-wheel-drive base model, the $23,295 S. It's saddled with the old 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which makes 168 hp and 167 lb-ft of torque. Give us EcoBoost, please. All engines are mated to a six-speed automatic, though, thankfully not the Focus's inferior twin-clutch box. Besides the S model, the Escape is offered as the $25,895 SE and the $28,695 SEL, which can be equipped with either EcoBoost engine, and the top-of-the-line, $31,195 Titanium, which gets only the 2.0-liter. Those three trim levels are all available with either front- or all-wheel drive. Ford's so-called "Curve Control" anti-skid system that debuted on the Explorer is also available.
The Escape rides well, whether it's on the SE model's seventeen-inch wheels or the Titanium model's nineteen-inchers. This is a particular point of pride to Loeffler, who claims that Ford now tries to inculcate a common DNA across models and even trim levels. In other words, an Escape with a more powerful engine and larger tires should ride and handle similarly to one with a less powerful engine and smaller tires. Along the same lines, a Focus owner ought to conclude that the Escape feels familiar from behind the wheel. Of course, this sort of engineering commonality has been business as usual at carmakers like BMW for eons. Better late than never, we suppose.
The innnovative exterior design of the Vertrek concept that debuted at the 2011 Detroit auto show was supposed to portend a stunning production Escape, but what we ended up with is an overstyled, underwhelming looking vehicle that is destined to blend unobtrusively into the traffic stream. Too bad. The Escape's interior, on the other hand, represents a sea change from the harsh terrain of hard plastics that plagued the old vehicle, with a modern design theme that will be familiar to anyone who's ever been in a new Focus. The center stack protrudes a bit too much, but at least it looks and feels good, and the turquoise needles in the speedometer and tach are a nice touch.
The optional sport seats are also superb. "We've brought seat engineering back in-house [from suppliers] over the past four or five years," Loeffler tells us. The front seatbacks are scalloped to provide more rear knee room, rear leg and foot room are generous, and the rear seatbacks recline. The standard seats, which lack the sport seats' aggressive bolstering, are also good. It's easy to fold the rear seats to create a nearly flat cargo floor; it has only a three-degree incline. There's 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 68.1 cubic feet if they are folded. Approach the vehicle's rear hatch with your hands full, kick your foot under the rear bumper, and an optional motion-detection system unlocks and raises the tailgate. Kick again to reverse the procedure. Active park assist and blind spot detection, practically unheard of in the Escape's price class, are available.
At the top of that attractive center stack we find the new and improved My Ford Touch screen to control the stereo, navigation, and climate control systems. It is indeed better than the much-maligned old system, and fingertip touches to the screen are more likely to result in affirmative responses than they were before, but the system remains fussy and finicky. The good news is that the optional Sony stereo is sensational, and the My Ford Touch display screen itself is bright and crisp, with attractive fonts.
Despite our quibbles about the Escape, Loeffler and his team are rightfully proud of it. Like the Focus, the 2013 Escape is one of the best new Fords of the past five years, a true player on the global stage, far more impressive than the Edge or the Explorer, neither of which you can imagine playing anywhere other than Peoria.
2013 Ford Escape
2013 Ford Escape

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.

Overview

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.

Safety

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.

You'll like:

  • All-new inside and out
  • Three engine options
  • Good fuel economy

You won't like:

  • Intrusive center console

Key Competitors For The 2013 Ford Escape

  • Chevrolet Equinox
  • Honda CR-V
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Toyota RAV4
2012 Honda CR V Front Left Side
The Ford Escape and Honda CR-V have been neck-and-neck each month in compact crossover sales, and while April belonged to the CR-V, May went to the Escape with 29,123 units sold versus the Honda's 27,298 sales. In third, once again, was the Chevrolet Equinox, which sold 22,918 units.
Rossion Q1 Front Three Quarter Red Motion 2
Back in 2007, Noble Automotive ceased production of the M12 and M400. That's when South African company Rossion stepped in to continue building the specialty sports car under a new name, the Rossion Q1. This week's episode of The Downshift explores the improvements made to the car over the years, and shows it's still a potent track weapon.
2013 Ford C Max Front On Assembly Line
According to The Detroit News, Ford is recalling 6534 units of the 2013 Focus, C-Max, and Escape models. The recall concerns faulty child locks on the left rear door, which could potentially fail.
2013 Ford Escape Left Rear View
Back with a vengeance, the Ford Escape proved more popular than the Honda CR-V -- the 2012 compact crossover king -- besting it by more than 2000 units in January.
2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Vs 2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE Front View 3
We wrote and you read. 2012 was a busy year with plenty of notable new metal, which we vetted against the competition time and time again. Below, we have compiled the top 10 most-read comparison tests conducted by Automobile Magazine. Unsurprisingly, the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang make more appearances than any other cars.

Change Vehicle

Research Now

Certified Pre-Owned 2013 Ford Escape Pricing

Certified Pre Owned Price
$18,175

Used 2013 Ford Escape Values / Pricing

Suggested Retail Price
$22,470

Free Price Quote

Compare dealer clearance prices and save.
Select this Vehicle

Compare The 2013 Ford Escape

Click Circles to Compare

Your Selected Vehicle's Ranking

rank
18
2013 Ford Escape
2013 Ford Escape
S FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility I4
23 MPG City | 28 MPG Hwy
Top Ranking Vehicles - MPG
rank
1
rank
2
rank
4
rank
5
rank
14
2013 Ford Escape
2013 Ford Escape
S FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility I4
$22,470
Top Ranking Vehicles - Price

2013 Ford Escape Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.5L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
22 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
31 MPG
Horsepower:
168 hp @ 6000rpm
Torque:
170 ft lb of torque @ 4500rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
60,000 miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:20
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Summary
Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured from October 5, 2011, through July 11, 2012, and equipped with a 1.6L engine. These vehicles have an engine compartment fuel line which may split, resulting in a leak.
Consequences
If this leak occurs in the presence of an ignition source, there is an increased risk of a fire and/or personal injury.
Remedy
Ford will notify and instruct owners to stop driving their vehicles and contact a Ford or Lincoln dealer to arrange pick-up of their vehicle. Customers will be provided with a rental vehicle if needed. The dealer will replace the engine compartment fuel line, free charge. The recall began on August 10, 2012. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.
Potential Units Affected
9,320
Notes
FORD MOTOR COMPANY


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:21
Component
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Summary
This is an update to a recently announced recall. Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured from October 5, 2011, through November 26, 2012, equipped with 1.6L engines, as well as certain model year 2013 Fusion vehicles manufactured from February 3, 2012, through November 29, 2012, equipped with 1.6L engines. Coolant system leaks may cause the engines to overheat and leak flammable engine fluids.
Consequences
If flammable engine fluids come in contact with the vehicle¿s hot exhaust system, a vehicle fire could occur.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the engine for coolant system leaks and reprogram the vehicle¿s powertrain control module and instrument cluster with an updated calibration and overheat strategy software. There will be no charge to owners for this service. Owners were recently notified to contact dealers to arrange for alternative transportation as Ford developed a remedy. Owners will be shortly receiving notifications to contact Ford dealers to schedule the free remedy repair. Owners may contact Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332.
Potential Units Affected
80,057
Notes
Ford Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:20
Component
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Summary
Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured from October 5, 2011, through August 31, 2012, equipped with 1.6L engines. The cylinder head cup plug (freeze plug) may become dislodged resulting in significant loss of engine coolant.
Consequences
As leaking engine coolant evaporates on the hot engine, the glycol may ignite causing an engine compartment fire.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will seal the existing plug and add a secondary plug cover, free of charge. The safety recall began on September 11, 2012. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.
Potential Units Affected
6,146
Notes
FORD MOTOR COMPANY


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:20
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:PEDALS AND LINKAGES
Summary
FORD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2013 ESCAPE VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM MARCH 8, 2012 THROUGH JUNE 7, 2012. DUE TO MIS-POSITIONED CARPET PADDING THE CENTER CONSOLE TRIM PANEL MAY BE PUSHED OUTBOARD OF THE INTENDED POSITION, REDUCING CLEARANCE RELATIVE TO THE PEDAL PACKAGE.
Consequences
THE REDUCED CLEARANCE MAY RESULT IN THE DRIVER¿S FOOT CONTACTING THE SIDE OF THE BRAKE PEDAL WHILE TRANSFERRING THE FOOT FROM THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL TO THE BRAKE PEDAL, INCREASING STOPPING DISTANCES AND THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
FORD WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REMOVE THE CARPET PADDING AND LEFT-SIDE CONSOLE TRIM PANEL REPLACED WITH A NEW PANEL, FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 20, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-866-436-7332.
Potential Units Affected
8,266
Notes
FORD MOTOR COMPANY


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:20
Component
STRUCTURE
Summary
FORD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2013 ESCAPE VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM MARCH 8, 2012 THROUGH JUNE 7, 2012. DUE TO MIS-POSITIONED CARPET PADDING THE CENTER CONSOLE TRIM PANEL MAY BE PUSHED OUTBOARD OF THE INTENDED POSITION, REDUCING CLEARANCE RELATIVE TO THE PEDAL PACKAGE.
Consequences
THE REDUCED CLEARANCE MAY RESULT IN THE DRIVER¿S FOOT CONTACTING THE SIDE OF THE BRAKE PEDAL WHILE TRANSFERRING THE FOOT FROM THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL TO THE BRAKE PEDAL, INCREASING STOPPING DISTANCES AND THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
FORD WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REMOVE THE CARPET PADDING AND LEFT-SIDE CONSOLE TRIM PANEL REPLACED WITH A NEW PANEL, FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 20, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-866-436-7332.
Potential Units Affected
8,266
Notes
FORD MOTOR COMPANY


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES
Summary
Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Focus and C-Max vehicles built from November 16, 2012, through November 21, 2012; and model year 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured from November 14, 2012, through November 21, 2012. The left rear door child lock was built incorrectly. As a result, the child lock may not engage when the operator uses normal force to activate the child lock.
Consequences
The operator may incorrectly believe the child lock is engaged. However, the door may be opened from the inside, increasing the risk of injury to an unrestrained child.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the affected rear door latches, and replace them as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on March 27, 2013. Owners may contact Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332.
Potential Units Affected
5,675
Notes
Ford Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:31
Component
ENGINE
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured October 5, 2011, through June 2, 2013 and equipped with 1.6L engines. The affected vehicles may experience localized overheating of the engine cylinder head which may cause cracks that could allow oil to leak.
Consequences
Leaking engine oil may come into contact with a hot engine surface potentially resulting in an engine compartment fire.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will modify the engine shielding, cooling and control systems, free of charge. An interim notice will be mailed to owners during January 2014. The recall began on April 9, 2014. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's recall number is 13S12.
Potential Units Affected
139,917
Notes
Ford Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:31
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured from October 5, 2011, through July 11, 2012, and equipped with a 1.6L engine subject to prior safety recall NHTSA 12V-336. In some cases, the engine compartment fuel line may have been installed incorrectly when repaired under the prior recall. The misinstalled fuel line could chafe and eventually leak fuel.
Consequences
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners and dealers will inspect the engine compartment fuel line, and if necessary, replace it, free of charge. An interim notice will be mailed to owners during January 2014. The recall began on April 9, 2014. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's recall number is 13S12.
Potential Units Affected
9,469
Notes
Ford Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 C-MAX, and Escape vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the restraint control module (RCM) may have errors in the programming software which may result in a delayed deployment of the side-curtain rollover air bag.
Consequences
If the side-curtain rollover air bag is delayed in deploying in certain rollover circumstances, the risk of injury to the passengers is increased.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the RCM, free of charge. The recall began on May 30, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S04.
Potential Units Affected
594,785
Notes
Ford Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 C-MAX, and Escape vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the restraint control module (RCM) may have errors in the programming software which may result in a delayed deployment of the side-curtain rollover air bag.
Consequences
If the side-curtain rollover air bag is delayed in deploying in certain rollover circumstances, the risk of injury to the passengers is increased.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the RCM, free of charge. The recall began on May 30, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S04.
Potential Units Affected
594,785
Notes
Ford Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:RECLINER
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured August 15, 2012, through September 10, 2013, 2013-2014 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured June 5, 2012, through August 12, 2013, and 2013-2014 Ford C-Max vehicles manufactured from July 23, 2012, through May 28, 2013. The driver and passenger seatback assemblies may have been produced with sub-standard weld joints used to attach the seat back recliner mechanism to the seat frame. The affected seat backs may have insufficient strength to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 207, "Seating Systems."
Consequences
The back of the subject seats may become loose or lean while driving and potentially increase the risk of injury in certain crashes.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the seatback, free of charge. The recall began on May 30, 2014. Owners may contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14C03.
Potential Units Affected
43,135
Notes
Ford Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
STRUCTURE:BODY:DOOR
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Escape vehicles manufactured October 5, 2011, through April 10, 2014. Due to an assembly misalignment between the exterior door handle and the door outer panel, the affected vehicles have doors that may be difficult to close or may possibly open while driving.
Consequences
A door that opens unexpectedly may result in an unrestrained occupant falling from the vehicle, increasing the risk of injury.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and correct the mounting of the door handles, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on May 30, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S03.
Potential Units Affected
581,986
Notes
Ford Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Escape vehicles manufactured October 5, 2011, to April 1, 2013, and equipped with 2.0 liter engines and Focus ST vehicles manufactured February 14, 2012, to October 14, 2013, and equipped with 2.0 liter engines. Insufficient compression in the engine wiring harness splices to the Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) sensor may provide incorrect signals to the powertrain control module (PCM).
Consequences
The incorrect signals could cause the vehicle to hesitate or the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the current crimped splices with new splices, free of charge. The recall began in October 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S17.
Potential Units Affected
133,227
Notes
Ford Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Ford C-Max vehicles manufactured January 19, 2012, to November 21, 2013; Ford Fusion vehicles manufactured February 3, 2012, to August 24, 2013; Ford Escape vehicles manufactured October 5, 2011, to November 1, 2013; and Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured April 25, 2012, to September 30, 2013. The coating on portions of the Restraint Control Module (RCM) may crack, and when exposed to humidity, circuits on the printed circuit board may short.
Consequences
The short circuits could cause the frontal air bags, side curtain air bags and the seat belt pretensioners to not function as intended when needed, increasing the risk of occupant injury in the event of a crash.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the RCM, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. The recall began on May 26,2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14S21.
Potential Units Affected
746,842
Notes
Ford Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Ford C-Max vehicles manufactured January 19, 2012, to November 21, 2013; Ford Fusion vehicles manufactured February 3, 2012, to August 24, 2013; Ford Escape vehicles manufactured October 5, 2011, to November 1, 2013; and Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured April 25, 2012, to September 30, 2013. The coating on portions of the Restraint Control Module (RCM) may crack, and when exposed to humidity, circuits on the printed circuit board may short.
Consequences
The short circuits could cause the frontal air bags, side curtain air bags and the seat belt pretensioners to not function as intended when needed, increasing the risk of occupant injury in the event of a crash.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the RCM, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. The recall began on May 26,2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14S21.
Potential Units Affected
746,842
Notes
Ford Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
SEAT BELTS
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Ford C-Max vehicles manufactured January 19, 2012, to November 21, 2013; Ford Fusion vehicles manufactured February 3, 2012, to August 24, 2013; Ford Escape vehicles manufactured October 5, 2011, to November 1, 2013; and Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured April 25, 2012, to September 30, 2013. The coating on portions of the Restraint Control Module (RCM) may crack, and when exposed to humidity, circuits on the printed circuit board may short.
Consequences
The short circuits could cause the frontal air bags, side curtain air bags and the seat belt pretensioners to not function as intended when needed, increasing the risk of occupant injury in the event of a crash.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the RCM, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. The recall began on May 26,2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14S21.
Potential Units Affected
746,842
Notes
Ford Motor Company


IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Overall
4
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good

Find Used Ford Escapes For Sale

Search through millions of listings in the Automobile Magazine classifieds

5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2013 Ford Escape

Depreciation
26.7%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$7,986
26.7%
Insurance
$6,225
20.9%
Fuel Cost
$9,793
32.8%
Financing
$1,965
6.6%
Maintenance
$2,488
8.3%
Repair Costs
$1,041
3.5%
State Fees
$357
1.2%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $29,855 What's This?
Value Rating: Excellent