Meet the all-new, all-modern 2013 Ford Escape. It rides on a fancy global platform, and will be replacing the Ford Kuga over in Europe. This is good news indeed – The old Escape was really, really dated. As in, it’s never seen a full-on redesign before. Until now.
There are three engine choices, which seems a tad excessive. The base engine is the familiar 2.5 liter four cylinder engine, which strikes me as odd. Why redesign the Escape from the ground up, only to toss the same ol’ engine under the hood?
Most buyers, hopefully, will opt for one of the shiny new engines. There are a pair of turbo engines offered – both a 1.6 liter and a 2.0 liter four cylinder. Check out the specs:
- 2.5 liter non-turbo: 168 HP, 167 lb-ft of torque
- 1.6 liter turbo: 173 HP, 177 lb-ft of torque
- 2.0 liter turbo: 237 HP, 250 lb-ft of torque
- Six speed automatic transmissions across the board
The tiny turbo makes more power than the base engine, but not enough more for anyone to notice the difference. Why offer two choices? Surely it was a pricing decision, as the old engine will cost less than the new turbo.
The “big” turbo is a monster, completely eliminating the need for a V6 engine. Not surprisingly, Ford isn’t offering six cylinders this time around. Turbochargers are clearly a huge part of Ford’s fuel economy plan. Turbos rock, so I am all for this.
What about the looks?
As far as CUV’s, go, the 2013 Escape is gorgeous. One of the best looking I’ve seen, in fact. It’s very modern looking, very stylish. The interior, on the other hand… is amazing. It looks really, really great.
2013 Ford Escape Gallery
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No official rating yet. Ford is expecting “up to” 5 MPG better than the outgoing model on the 1.6 liter Ecoboost model.
But can it tow?
3500 lbs. If that isn’t enough, get a real SUV. Chances are, though, it’s enough. You probably don’t tow as much as you think.