Bottom line: The 2013 Ford Escape is a genuinely competitive entry in the class for compact crossover-utility vehicles. It gets a strong “buy” rating here.
Ride, handling, acceleration: It gets excellent marks in all three. But it is a wagon/crossover utility. You can’t take this one to the races, real or imaginary.
Head-turning quotient: Super-slick. I’d argue that it is the most attractive vehicle in its class.
Body style/layout: The 2013 Ford Escape is a front-engine, compact wagon/crossover-utility vehicle sold with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. It is based on a modified Ford Focus platform and is available in four trim levels—base S and SE, popularly equipped SEL, and upscale Titanium.
Engine and transmission: The Titanium comes with a turbocharged 2-liter, 16-valve, double-overhead-cam, 16-valve, in-line four-cylinder, gasoline engine with variable valve timing (231 horsepower, 270 foot-pounds of torque). The engine is linked to a six-speed automatic transmission that can also be shifted manually.