Gone are the days of “bigger means better.” The combination of rising gas prices and doubtful economic times has made the average car buyer gravitate towards buying smaller vehicles that boast of above-average fuel economy numbers, at the very least. That’s what Ford hopes will be the main reason why consumers rush out and buy the 2013 Escape, a compact crossover that the automaker strongly believes in.
There aren’t going to be any six-cylinder options for those who are looking for a little more power. If you’re looking for a powerful SUV or crossover, perhaps you’d want a Toyota RAV4 or other similar vehicles. The 2013 Ford Escape offers three four-cylinder engine options – a 2.5-liter engine with 168 horsepower for the front wheel drive variants and two turbo options, one 1.6-liter with 178 hp and one 2.0-liter with 240 hp, both for four wheel drive variants. These three engines are all paired up with a six-speed automatic transmission. Performance is clearly secondary when it comes to the 2013 Escape – this is a vehicle that promises a smooth, non-gas guzzling ride, and that’s what Ford believes would be its top selling point.
Inside is where Ford really focuses on providing high-end features for a seemingly inexpensive crossover vehicle. Sony’s sophisticated 10-speaker audio system can be connected to an iPod, and could connect to your favorite Internet radio station and even help you program your iTunes playlist. MyKey fobs can be programmed accordingly for each driver, a great feature for parents who aren’t averse to letting their teens drive the 2013 Ford Escape, albeit at a reasonable speed.
Fuel economy is very impressive for its class based on the official EPA figures, at 23 mpg for city driving and 33 mpg for highway driving for the 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbo. And at $22,470 upwards, you’ll be getting great value for your money. With an affordable price, great mileage and an array of neat features, the 2013 Ford Escape could be Dearborn’s meal ticket as far as SUV and crossover sales are concerned.