Recently, the RedlineNorth team got a chance to get up close and personal with the new 2013 Ford Escape SEL 4WD model. Dressed in an all black exterior with black leather interior the new SUV is super slick upon first glance. Now, saying this, there are some detractors out there who are not keen on the new design and would like Ford to continue the Escape’s truck styling of the past decade. However, Ford has made the decision globally to leverage the Ford Kuga crossover vehicle platform which is the reason behind the new innovative design.
The 2013 model’s interior is immensely well appointed and finished to a level not seen in previous models. From the overall fit and finish, to the enhanced development of the Microsoft Sync system Escape owners now have all the tech gadgets and touchscreens typically associated with more upscale vehicles. And keep in mind, there is another trim model called the Titanium above the SEL which has some additional features if you really want all the bells and whistles.
The cargo area is up slightly this year to 34.3 cubic feet behind the back seats and 68.1 with the rear seats folded. The 2013 Escape continues to provide owners with the required space for the kids, groceries and those weekend getaways.
The rear of the Escape is nicely appointed with automatic tailgate, dual chrome exhaust tips and a two inch receiver trailer hitch coming standard with Class II towing package.
The SEL model shown here is equipped with the 2.0-liter turbo four cylinder with 240 horses and 270 lb-ft of torque which is actually the same horsepower and 37 more lb-ft of torque than offered by last year’s 3.0-liter V-6. And the kicker here is with the turbocharged EcoBoost technology it uses less fuel than last year’s V6 and less fuel than the 2012 hybrid model.
There are two other available engines including a turbocharged 16-valve 1.6-liter inline-4, with 178 hp,184 lb-ft and a 2.5-liter inline-4, with 168 hp, 170 lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, the 1.6 liter engine has been recalled recently for a fuel line fire hazard issue as seen here.
After reviewing the new 2013 Ford Escape, the RedlineNorth team gives it a double thumbs up and predicts it will sell well this year. If you are in the market for a smaller sized SUV or crossover you need to add it to your list.
Specs are as follows:
- Hit Canadian showrooms in May 2012
- Transmission: 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
- Wheelbase: 105.9 in
- Length: 178.1 in
- Width: 72.4 in Height: 66.3 in
- Curb weight (est): 3600–3800 lb
- Zero to 60 mph: 6.9–9.4 sec
- Standing ¼-mile: 15.2–16.9
- Top speed (limited): 118 mph
- Fuel Economy: City/Highway: 21–23/28–33 mpg
- MSRP of SEL model – $30, 521 CAD as of July 24, 2012