2013 Ford Escape

MSRP $22,470

Ranked #4 in Suv

8.2

Overall Rating

2013 Ford Escape Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 6, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Ford Escape has been completely redesigned and improved from the ground up. Escape's 2013 version is completely different from those of its predecessors from a positive perspective. The design has been turned around from its previous flat and boxy appearance to a more stylish and modern design. Ford discontinued its hybrid model this year as sales did not meet company expectations. 

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Pros

Various powertrain options

Impressive fuel economy

Superb driving dynamics

Cons

The dated and less responsive infotainment system

Rear spacing needs improvement

The base model lacks standard features

What's New?

Completely redesigned model

Improved powertrain options

Hybrid model discontinued


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22470

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

123 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

168 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

170 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

105.9 in.

length

178.1 in.

width

72.4 in.

height

66.3 in.

curb weight

3515 lbs.

ground clearance

7.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

67.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/26/31 mpg

highway range

468.1 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

S$22,470 onwards

Colors and Styles

2013 Ford Escape in Deep Impact Blue Metallic color
Deep Impact Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

9.0

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.2

Overall Rating


The gas-powered variations are still a competitive crossover in the segment, they come with strong fuel economy, good standard features in mid-range and top trim levels, and superb driving dynamics. Also, all the trims come with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive which is again an advantage. Coming at a starting price of $22,470, it rivals the likes of Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Buick Encore.


7.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2013 Ford Escape Features

7.0/10

The 2013 Ford Escape is available in four trim levels; S, SE, SEL, and Titanium. In all trim levels, FWD and AWD options are both available, except for the base model that only comes in one configuration i.e. FWD. The standard features with the base model include 17-inch steel wheels, MyKey parental controls, an integrated blind-spot mirror, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, cruise control, and air conditioning. 

Trims

S

SE

SEL

Titanium

MSRP FWD

22,470

25,070

28,170

30,370

MSRP AWD

N/A

26,820

29,920

32,120

Key Features

6-way manual driver’s seat

17.0-inch wheels

Heated front bucket seats

Reverse Sensing System

 

Quad-beam halogen headlamps

Automatic headlamps

Universal Garage door opener

Audio System from Sony with 10 speakers and HD Radio Technology

 

6 speakers

Fog lamps

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Hands-free liftgate

 

Cloth seats 

Turbocharged engine

Leather steering wheel

Cargo security shade

 

Air conditioning

Rear seat with recline and center armrest

10-way adjustable front seats

2.0L EcoBoost I-4 engine

We recommend

For those who are unsure, we recommend going with the SEL but ensuring it is AWD. The TurboCharged engine in this trim will give you good acceleration and power. Also included in the SEL trim are heated front bucket seats, 10-way adjustable front seats, Dual-zone automatic climate control, leather steering wheel, and Universal Garage door opener. The SEL trim seems to be the most value for money yer practical choice in the Escape’s lineup.

2013 Ford Escape Engine and Performance

9.0/10

Compared to the previous models, the 2013 Ford Escape comes with a more powerful engine that can push more and save more fuel. To make this SUV more appealing, it is available with two engine choices, the base model of which is equipped with a 2.0L Inline-4. However, the other trims come with 1.6L turbocharged inline-4 engines, while the top-tier trim comes with the same engine but with a higher output.

The Escape used to come with a continuously variable transmission but this year it has been updated to a Shiftable 6-speed automatic transmission. All Escape trim levels are available as FWD & AWD except the base trim, which is available only in FWD. In addition, Ford has made a major improvement in its driving dynamics compared to its past models. 

With the new steering wheel, you'll feel lighter and your commands are more responsive. Better ride quality is also assured with the seating positioned perfectly. Throughout the ride, the engine noise is also kept to a minimum. Its performance on twisty and uneven roads is similarly impressive, and there are no areas in which the Escape could be criticized for its ride quality.

Models

2013 Ford Escape

2013 Toyota RAV4

2013 Hyundai Santa FE

2013 Buick Encore

MSRP

$22,470

$23,300

$24,700

$24,200

Engine

2.5 Liter Inline 4 engine

2.5L Inline-4 Engine

2.0 Liter Inline 4

1.4 Liter inline 4

Drivetrain

FWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

Power ( HP @ rpm )

173 hp @ 5700 rpm

176 hp @6000 rpm

264 hp @ 6000 rpm

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm )

173 hp @ 5700 rpm

172lb.-ft @4000rpm

269 ft-lbs. @ 1750 rpm

148 ft-lbs. @ 1850 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

8.9 seconds

8.2 seconds

8.6 seconds

N/A

Quarter mile (sec)

16.7 seconds

16.5 seconds

16.6 seconds

N/A

All the compact SUVs in the competition offer the option to choose between FWD and AWD drivetrains depending on your requirements. Though the performance of the base model isn't as good as some rivals like the RAV4, it's still great. Yet the upper trim with the turbocharged engine has a pretty fast 0-60 time, clocking in at almost 6.9 seconds, which is quite good for an SUV like this.

2013 Ford Escape Fuel Economy

9.0/10

Ford's Escape has also improved its fuel economy compared with its predecessor. It offers higher on-the-go mileage than any other compact SUV in its class, other than the Buick Encore, which is slightly better in this case. The Escape can travel 23 miles per gallon in the city and up to 33 miles per gallon on the highway. The Escape's combined range is 26 miles per gallon, which is again impressive, and arguably one of the best in its class. The large 15-gallon tank also serves as a benefit for this SUV, ensuring that you can go for long miles without visiting the gas station.

Models

2013 Ford Escape

2013 Toyota RAV4

2013 Hyundai Santa FE

2013 Buick Encore

MPG (City)

23

22

20

25

MPG (Highway)

33

29

27

33

MPG (Combined)

26

25

23

28

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons)

15.1

15.9

17.4

14.0

Range( City/Highway/Combined in miles)

347.3/498.3/392.6

349.8/461.1/397.5

348.0/469.8/400.2

350.0/462.0/392.0

The Ford Escape has excellent fuel economy, but it is a little less fuel-efficient than the Buick Encore. However, it beats Encore and all its rivals in overall range due to its excellent combination of mileage and fuel storage capacity. Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Santa FE have bigger fuel tanks than the Escape but they do not offer similar fuel efficiency. Buick Encore has the smallest fuel tank of all the cars in the competition.

2013 Ford Escape Interior

9.0/10

This year's Escape has undergone some interior changes that make it more spacious and more comfortable inside. Beginning with the SEL trim, the highest level of luxury and comfort can be experienced with leather-bolstered seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Additionally, the seats on the upper trims are also more supportive and well-padded.

Additionally, the layout inside the cabin is very driver-friendly, with all the buttons perfectly placed for the driver's convenience. One negative about the vehicle's interior is that the climate control buttons are located way below the console, making it difficult to operate. Additionally, the cabin space has been improved somewhat this year, but improvements still need to be made in the rear space.

Models

2013 Ford Escape

2013 Toyota RAV4

2013 Hyundai Santa FE

2013 Buick Encore

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder room/Legroom) inch

39.9/56.0/43.1

38.9/57.3/42.9

39.6/59.4/41.3

39.6/54.1/40.8

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder room/Legroom) inch

39.0/55.3/36.8

38.9/55.4/37.2

39.1/58.3/39.4

38.8/52.5/35.7

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

34.3 cu-ft

38.4 cu-ft

35.4 cu-ft

18.8 cu-ft

The Ford Escape's cargo space measures 34.3 cubic feet, which is more than enough for any SUV in its class. However, some competitors, such as Toyota RAV4, offer a little more space in that department. The Escape has the most space both for the driver and for the passenger in the front section. On the other hand, the Hyundai Santa Fe has the best legroom and headroom in this segment. Standout interior features in the 2013 Ford Escape:

  • Leather steering wheel
  • Heated front bucket seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Rear seat with recline and center armrest
  • 10-way adjustable front seats

What’s there to keep you entertained in the 2013 Ford Escape?

Rather than being exceptional, Escape's infotainment system is rather average. A 4.2-inch display is placed upfront and, if you want MyFord Touch and navigation, it will cost you around $1,750 more. The screen's display quality feels decent but its responsiveness falls below average. Furthermore, it is equipped with 6 speakers as standard, Sirius XM, USB ports, Mast Antenna, Speed sensitive volume control, AM/FM stereo, etc. Standout infotainment features include:

  • Sirius XM
  • Auxiliary audio input jack
  • Universal Garage door opener
  • USB ports
  • 10-speaker Sony audio system with HD radio 
  • MyFord Touch and Navigation (Optional)

2013 Ford Escape Exterior

9.0/10

This year's Escape has evolved into a more sporty and aesthetic design where it used to come in a boxy shape. Another thing you'll notice about the Escape is that it shares a lot of similarities with its rival Hyundai Santa Fe. Its dimensions have also been enlarged a bit for this year to compete with some of its competitors. 

Ground clearance is not a strong point of this SUV, and the competition outperforms it in this area. SEL and Titanium come with 18.0 and 19.0-inch wheels, respectively, while the base model comes with 17.0-inch wheels. Apart from that, it also has other features such as a hands-free liftgate, sunroof, power side mirrors, automatic headlamps, and much more.

Models

2013 Ford Escape

2013 Toyota RAV4

2013 Hyundai Santa FE

2013 Buick Encore

Curb Weight

3502 lb.

3585

3569 lb.

3190 lb.

Length (inches)

178.1 in.

179.9

184.6 in.

168.4 in.

Width (inches)

72.4 in.

72.6

74.0 in.

69.9 in.

Height (inches)

66.3 in.

67.1

66.5 in.

65.2 in.

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.9 in.

6.3

N/A

6.2 in.

Wheelbase (inches)

105.9 in.

104.7

106.3 in.

100.6 in.

Track Width (inches)

61.5

61.8

64.1

60.6

The Escape has a higher ground clearance compared to all of its rivals, which kept it down in this segment. Even so, Escape's wheelbase is very good for a car in this segment. Body-wise, the Escape isn't as heavy as the Toyota RAV4 or Hyundai Santa Fe, and its weight can be considered as good. The Buick Encore is the lightest car in the competition but it gets smaller dimensions compared with the other rivals. Some exterior features include:

  • 17.0-inch wheels
  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Power side mirrors
  • Quad-beam halogen headlamps
  • Sunroof

2013 Ford Escape Safety

7.0/10

The Ford Escape was completely rebuilt from the ground up. Additionally, this year's underpinned platform was tuned for better rigidity and performance, which is directly reflected in its safety ratings. Based on NHTSA ratings, it was rated four out of five stars, whereas IIHS labeled it as the 2013 Top Safety Pick. Regarding features, there are not many standard or exciting features in it. However, there are still enough features that ensure your safety inside its cabin. The safety features include:

  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Blindspot information
  • Forward Collision Mitigation

2013 Ford Escape Final Verdict

The 2013 Ford Escape is indeed one of those compact crossovers that you need to put on your list, especially after the upgrades this year. The Escape has also been priced very competitively and provides an abundance of features. However, the infotainment interface and interior space could be a little better in this SUV. Due to this, its rivals like the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Toyota RAV4 seem a little better, and you can consider them also. The Ford Escape is, however, a better option for the performance and handling that it offers.

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