Sales: (888) 683-7320
Service: (888) 749-3985
1241 Highway 70 East, Hickory, NC 28602
Español | Directions | Store Hours | Mobile








 
Cloninger Ford of Hickory
1241 Highway 70 East
Hickory NC 28602
DIRECTIONS

Call: (888) 683-7320
Service: (888) 749-3985
Parts: (888) 771-5308



    Print    Email    Mobile

2013 Ford Escape S 4dr Front-wheel Drive S 6-Speed Automatic w/SelectShift


Make a selection:


 
Cloninger Ford of Hickory is not responsible for pricing and payments derived from this calculator. See dealer for specific pricing and payment information.

 
Vehicle Price
Number of Payments
Interest Rate (%)
Down Payment
Your Monthly Payment

    [ close ]

    Estimate Your Car Payment
    This calculator estimates your monthly car payment.

  • Enter the price of your vehicle.
  • Select the number of payments.
  • Enter the interest rate of the loan.
  • Include any down payment.
  • Do not use commas or dollar signs.


   

The Cloninger Ford of Hickory Support Staff stands ready to assist you in your purchase of this vehicle today! Please take a few minutes to fill out this convenient two part on-line credit pre-application and we will begin the process.

 
 Contact Information
 * required fields - (A phone number or email address is required)

First Name *
Last Name *
Preferred Contact Method
Email *
Phone
Zip
Comments

Subscribe to Our Newsletter
You can unsubscribe at any time
  
  [ close ]

Allow us here at Cloninger Ford of Hickory to prepare a custom price quote for you. Use the form below to specify any options, special equipment requirements or any other information you would like us to consider in our calculations. We’ll respond quickly with all the details.
Cloninger Ford of Hickory now features on-line Test Drive appointment scheduling. Take a moment to provide your relevant contact information and select the times that best-fit your needs. Include a brief description of the any special requirements, and click "Submit." An Advisor from Cloninger Ford of Hickory will contact you shortly.
Cloninger Ford of Hickory invites you to "make us an offer". Take a moment to fill out the form below. Let us know how much you would be prepared to pay for this vehicle. Include also a brief description of the any special requirements, and click "Submit". An Advisor from Cloninger Ford of Hickory will contact you shortly.
 
 Contact Information
 * required fields - (A phone number or email address is required)

First Name *
Last Name *
Preferred Contact Method
Email *
Phone
Zip
Comments

Subscribe to Our Newsletter
You can unsubscribe at any time
Appointment Date * (mm/dd/yyyy)
Appointment Time *
Offer Amount *
Please feel free to use the "Comments" area above to explain your offer in more detail.
 Do You Have A Trade-In?
Yes No
 
  
  
  
  [ close ]


Vehicle:New 2013 Ford Escape
Trim:4dr FWD S
Transmission:6-Speed Automatic w/SelectShift
Model Code:U0F/100A
Availability:National
MSRP:$22,470.00
Destination:$895.00
Request Information
First Name *
Last Name *
Preferred Contact Method
Email *
Phone
Zip
Comments
* required fields
2013 Ford Escape 4dr Front-wheel Drive S 0-OEM Supplied Custom Image
 
send to your phone

Showroom Hours
Monday - Friday
Saturday
Sunday
8:30 am - 8:00 pm
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Closed
 
 
Request A Quote Schedule A Test Drive Make An Offer Get Pre-Approved! Compare Vehicles Build Your Vehicle View Inventory

 

Specifications
 
Body Style:Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Vehicle Size:Small
Drive Type:FWD
Doors:4
Seating Capacity:5/5 passengers
Engine Block:I
Engline Type:Gas
Cylinders:4
Displacement:2.5 L.
Valves:16
Compression Ratio:9.7:1
Torque:170ft-lbs @ 4500 rpm
Horsepower:168hp @ 6000 rpm
Fuel Type:Regular unleaded
Fuel Capacity:15.1 gal.
Fuel Economy:*22/31
  
Wheelbase:105.9 in.
Overall Length:178.1 in.
Vehicle Width:72.4 in.
Vehicle Height:66.3 in.
Ground Clearance:7.9 in.
Luggage Capacity:34.3 ft3.
Cargo Capacity:67.8 ft3.
Curb Weight:3515 lbs.
Gross Weight:4620 lbs.
Towing Capacity:1500 lbs.
Turning Circle: 38.8 ft.
 
Front Headroom:39.9 in.
Front Legroom:43.1 in.
Rear Headroom:39.0 in.
Rear Legroom:36.8 in.
 
Acceleration:
0mph-60mph
 
8.9 seconds
22 31
City Hwy
* Actual mileage will vary with options, actual driving conditions, driving habits and the vehicle's condition. Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition, and other factors.

Exterior Colors
These are the colors typically available for this vehicle. Color options may change during the model year. Contact Cloninger Ford of Hickory for confirmation. The color samples displayed on your monitor may not precisely replicate the way they appear on the vehicle.
 
 
Kodiak Brown
 
Deep Impact Blue
 
Ginger Ale Metallic
 
Frosted Glass Metallic
 
Tuxedo Black
 
Sterling Gray Metallic
 
Ingot Silver Metallic
 
Oxford White
 
TOP

Interior Colors
 
 
Charcoal Black (7B)
 
TOP

Warranty
 
Basic3 Years / 36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years / 60,000 Miles
Roadside5 Years / 60,000 Miles
Rust5 Years / Unlimited Miles
 
TOP


Reviews
 
The Ford Escape is a mid-size sport-utility vehicle, which now incorporates the latest technology and style; setting a new standard in the SUV category. Completely redesigned for 2013 the Escape features an athletic looking exterior, with a much improved interior.The five-passenger Escape is available in S, SE, SEL, and Titanium trims, in either front or four-wheel drive. Engine choices start with the 168-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder. Also, a 173-hp 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine is available. For even more power a 237-hp 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine is offered. All variations are paired with a six-speed select-shift automatic transmission. Impressive features offered on the Escape include a Panoramic Vista Roof, satellite radio, SYNC, MyFord Touch, a trailer towing package, heated leather seating, navigation system, auto park with cross traffic alert, Sony audio, MyKey, and an industry first hands-free power liftgate. Standard safety features include seven-airbags with drive knee airbag, passive anti-theft system, AdvanceTrac stability control with anti-rollover technology, four-wheel disc brakes, and tire pressure monitoring.The Ford Escape is all-new for 2013.
 
Model Reviews
 
Model Tested
 
Ford Escape SE ($23,295).
 
Introduction
 
The 2013 Ford Escape is a total redesign that moves the top-selling compact SUV into the times, with high-tech small engines, a smooth 6-speed transmission, aerodynamic front styling, and electronic wizardry.Ford claims 11 features exclusive to the Escape in the compact SUV class, everything from a capless fuel nozzle to Torque Vectoring Control, which helps the Escape corner more securely.

Gas prices have fueled the compact SUV market (in Europe it's quadrupled in the last decade), so this is a class that's important to Ford's ongoing rebound, and they've pulled out all the stops to make the Escape good.

Fuel mileage varies from an EPA-estimated 23 City/33 Highway mpg with the 1.6-liter front-wheel drive Escape to 21/28 mpg with the 2.0-liter all-wheel drive.We drove both versions and fell below those marks, however, averaging 22.7 mpg in the 1.6-liter and 19.7 mpg in the 2.0-liter, while driving them spiritedly.That's still better than a comparably equipped Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4, and good enough that the Escape Hybrid has been abandoned.

The 2013 Escape lineup features three engines, including the returning tried-and-true 2.5-liter, less powerful and efficient but with a lower MSRP than the new EcoBoost engines.The four-cylinder EcoBoosts make their North American debut in the Escape, although they've been running in Europe for three years.There's a 1.6-liter making 178 horsepower and 2.0-liter making 240 hp, both twin-turbos with direct injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT), although having different designs.

This review is a Tale of Two Escapes, because we found the 1.6-liter FWD to feel completely different from the 2.0-liter AWD.The 1.6 is quick, lively and visceral, a blast to drive.The 2.0-liter AWD feels more grownup, civilized, solid, heavy.If you want a four-cylinder compact SUV that feels like a midsize V6, the Escape is for you.

Creature comfort is impeccable, even with the standard fabric upholstery, rugged and handsome.The chassis is 40 percent stiffer, and the ride is smooth.The interior materials are soft, and the plastic high quality.Rear legroom is decent, at 36.8 inches, and rear climate control is standard in all but the base S model.There's excellent cargo space, 68.1 cubic feet behind the first row and 34.3 cubic feet behind the second row, and the standard 60/40 rear seat folds flat wonderfully fast, with one lever.

The nose of the new 2013 Escape is distinctive, sort of aero stubby, with the blue oval emblem in its wide narrow grille to say it's a Ford.Although the Escape emulates its big brother the Explorer SUV, its new nose more resembles its little brother the Focus hatchback.The hood has nice character lines, and the headlights sweep sharply back and up into muscular wheelwells.

One clever innovation that others are already copying is an available magic release for the liftgate.Kick your foot under the rear bumper, and presto, the liftgate pops open so you can drop your heavy things into the back without having to set them down.It's a feature we like, and would buy, although you can do the same with a remote keyfob that opens the liftgate, that is if you remember to carry it in your hand with your thumb over the button when you leave the grocery store with your arms full.

We'll save the worst for last, in this overview.MyFordTouch has been totally redesigned after its disastrous first generation in 2011, and you can now get the new program downloaded for free in your 2011-12 Ford, so definitely do that.The new version, as they say, is simpler and the screen is cleaner.And to be sure, we have, at times, gotten it to work for us.But it still ain't easy, and you need a real sense of humor to talk to Voice Command.It's kind of like talking to your teenagers, and getting them to do their chores.

Well, there is more in the good news department.Last but not least, the price for the Escape has actually come down.The base S model has dropped by $200, while Ford claims the SE has $1000 more content for only $200 more, and the SEL has $2300 more content for $1500 more.

 
Lineup
 
The 2013 Escape comes in four models, S, SE, SEL, Titanium, with three DOHC four-cylinder engines and one 6-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift manual operation.

Escape S ($23,295) is front-wheel drive, using Ford's trusty 2.5-liter engine making 168 horsepower.Standard equipment includes cloth upholstery, manual climate control, manual front seat adjustment, full power, keyless entry, cruise control, 60/40 fold-flat rear seats, 6-speaker single-CD sound system with MP3 capability, info display, tilt/telescope steering wheel, Halogen headlamps, black grille and door handles, and 17-inch steel wheels.

Escape SE ($25,895) uses the 1.6-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost engine making 178 horsepower, and comes either with front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.It adds body-color door handles and mirrors, chrome bar grille, Ford SYNC voice-activated communications and entertainment system, satellite radio, auto headlamps, keyless entry, 4-inch color screen, privacy glass, reclining rear seats, audio controls on steering wheel, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Escape SEL ($28,695) adds leather upholstery, 9-speaker audio system, chrome body trim, gloss black interior trim, leather shift knob, heated mirrors, puddle lamps, MyFordTouch, 10-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, and 18-inch painted alloy wheels.

Escape Titanium ($31,195) comes with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine making 240 horsepower, in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.It adds ambient lighting, remote start, premium leather, HID headlamps, power liftgate, silver roofrails, backup sensor, upgraded Sony sound system with HD radio, and 19-inch painted alloy wheels.

Standard safety equipment includes AdvanceTrac traction and stability control with roll stability control, Curve Control, Torque Vectoring Control, two-stage frontal airbags, driver knee airbag, side airbags, ABS with Brake Assist, tire pressure monitor.

 
Walkaround
 
There's no mistaking that the 2013 Escape is a new car, and it's got the blue oval in its wide narrow grille to say it's a Ford.Its nose is more like little sister Focus, rather than big brother Explorer.Aero and almost stubby, looking like it's meant for the business of efficient hauling.Character lines on the hood suggesting a cowl.The headlights are sharply angled under sheetmetal speed lines like eyebrows, and sweep back and up into the muscular wheelwells.

The bottom two-thirds of the face is a gaping black mouth in split fascia.It conceals a Ford innovation, sensor-controlled shutters behind the grille that regulate air into the engine for optimum efficiency and maximum fuel mileage.

The rear end doesn't keep up with the new slick front.It looks big and bulky for the size of the car, with lines going in three directions; it's as if the sheetmetal were shaped to match the taillights, including the indent for the license plate, like an upside-down triangle with the point at bottom chopped off.The standard dual exhaust is cool with the pipes back there, but the cladding in gray looks like a big silver lump hanging out the back.

But there's something hiding under that cladding that's great.It's an option that opens or closes the wide liftgate (low liftover height) with a small kick of your foot under the rear bumper, using a seeing-eye like the one that flushes toilets in public rest rooms (Ford press materials call it video-game technology).Hands-free technology where you need it most.With the Escape you'll never have to set down your armsful of groceries to put them in the back.It's a first we like, and would buy.

We also like that overall on the three models, there's lots of black eggcrate and not so much chrome.Don't like so much the gray or black plastic cladding that surrounds every model.The 19-inch alloy wheels try way too hard to look out there, while the steel 17s on the base SE are the least ugly.

 
Interior
 
The rugged fabric seats are the best! And since the available MyFordTouch remains problematic (we'll get to that), those excellent seats open the door to happy purchase of the S model.If you have good standard seats, you can live without options that just cost money and complicate operation of the car.

The driver's throne is good, with a high seating position, excellent visibility all around with that short hood, big back glass, and no over-the shoulder blind spots.Speaking of blind spots, the small convex mirrors in the upper corners of the sideview mirrors catch everything in the lanes at your rear quarter panels, more accurately than any electronic blind-spot warning system that constantly sends false alarms like they all do.But if your eyes just can't learn to read a convex mirror, the BLIS system is an option on the Escape, too.The best thing about it is that it includes Cross-Traffic Alert, which spots cars passing by your tailgate as you back out of a parking space.

The driver gets a nice dead pedal, comfortable armrests on both sides, and a good grab handle.Gauges are clean and attractive with pretty blue needles.Unlike the expensive Jaguar, Ford's rich former sibling, there are actual fuel and temperature gauges.There's a small rectangular window for information, scrolled through using arrows and a dial on the steering wheel, like all Fords, and like Jaguar, the shared switchgear remains.

The turn signal sound is a classy Jaguar-like dink dink dink.You can hear the soft sound because the Escape is exceptionally quiet.Great job, there.

A small shift lever is dropped down out of the way.There's a SelectShift button on the side of the lever, controlling manual operation of the automatic transmission.We've complained about this same button on the Mustang, only because paddles are needed on the Mustang for fast shifting; but on the Escape this thumb-button is just fine.

It's a good standard steering wheel, often a disappointment in base-level cars but not here.The four-spoke wheel is okay in base vinyl, with places for your whole palms at 2 and 10 o'clock, and the full array of controls.Overall, the interior materials are soft, and the plastic around the centerstack is high quality.

There's more cargo space in the rear, compared to the previous Escape, now totaling 68.1 cubic feet behind the first row and 34.3 cubic feet behind the second row.Legroom has stretched by 1.2 inches to 36.8, not a lot but maybe average for a compact SUV.Rear climate control is standard, except in the S.A center armrest with cupholders is available.

The best thing about the rear seats is how easily they fold flat, with one lever.Oh joy oh joy.There's an available two-position load floor, allowing a flat floor or maximum luggage volume.

It took a great deal of self-discipline to write our critique of MyFordTouch and voice command; we had to transcribe long rants from the tape recorder we use to make notes while we're driving.We'll try to keep the complaints brief.

MyFordTouch gives you 27 touch-screen buttons to choose from, when you're trying to adjust climate control, which is resistant to adjustment.From the subliminal brain's standpoint, that's 27 decisions to make.We COULD NOT get it to maintain a comfortable temperature.Set at auto 71 degrees, it blew cold air with too much fan.We increased the setting to 74, and the temp remained the same, but the fan got stronger.We tried and tried, different ways, but it would not cooperate.All those buttons, each one requiring a decision and translation or interpretation.We gave up not knowing if the problem was with the setting or with the HVAC itself.

Next we wanted to tune the radio.At least there were only 18 touch-screen buttons to choose from.We tried many of them, to no avail, while we continued to be distracted from our driving.We noted with exasperation into the recorder, 'All I want to do is get something to appear on this screen that enables me to change the channel.'

OMG, there it was.We pressed an icon that looked like a terrier dog sitting there waiting for a milk bone.We had it.Because we had no idea how we got it, we lost it, and next time we wanted to change radio channels, it took us another 20 miles on the freeway.

Ford says these buttons are easy to press, but they aren't.The radio buttons are small enough that you have to really look, and use eye/hand coordination away from the highway; unlike with an old-school knob, there's no keeping your eyes on the road and grabbing the dial and turning it.With MyFordTouch (and all touch-screen systems like it, notoriously worse being Land Rover and Volvo), you have to look down and carefully aim your finger into a small little rectangle, and if the road is bumpy the car will bounce and your finger will quite possibly miss.Notice you don't see little buttons in race cars.

Of course, there are audio controls on the steering wheel, and we've found them to work better, once you figure them out.But we're talking about MyFordTouch here.

They say the screen is carefully designed.But 40 percent of the screen is taken up by black space, wasted.Two-thirds of the rest is taken up by nothing more than the logo for the radio station, then twice it says the name of the show.And then a word that says ALERT.Set alerts, refresh alerts, edit alerts, enable all alerts, who cares; we'll alert you when we want to be alerted.The back button is a tiny little button on the top of the screen.It should be on every page but it's not, so you can't keep going back and trying again to find something that works.It's a dumb design.

Soon the audio completely stopped working.While the screen indicated we were turned to the NASCAR station, we were getting static from FM-land.We pressed SIRIUS again and got FM again.Maybe it was the Cascade Mountains over our shoulder, who knows.And then the heat seemed to come on by itself.

We messed with it constantly, trying to get what we wanted during a day trip into the city, 50 miles each way.We gave Voice Command a shot.

'Air condition on,' we said, at 65 mph.Apparently it doesn't speak our language, only Ford's, because it replied, 'Please say a command.' It immediately referred us to an 800 number and a URL.Like we're supposed to write them down without crashing? But we cooperated, and tried again, saying, 'Temperature 69 degrees.' It responded by giving us a bunch of advice, and reminding us we could get the phone to work and other things we didn't write down.'Please say a device,' it said.

We said … 'Climate?'

It said, 'A list of valid voice commands is now on the screen.' We took our eyes off the road and studied the list.

'Sixty-nine degrees,' we said, so clear and slow you could hear the condescension in our voice.

'Eighty-nine degrees is not a valid command,' it said.

We tried three more times, and got nothing but backtalk from our Ford.We asked in exasperation, 'What can we say?' and the screen responded with a list of all the nearby gas stations with their prices for fuel.Cool.Except what we wanted was to listen to the radio station of our choice at the temperature of our choice.

It may be that our description and experience here is all wrong, because we didn't operate it correctly.If so, that's the point.We have compared our experiences with MFT and Voice Command (not just Ford's, but all of 'em) with many others, and we are not alone.

The good news is that if you get the entry-level Escape S model, you won't get MyFordTouch, and you won't ever be verbally abused by Voice Command unless you ask for it.Or you can just avoid using Voice Command.

 
Driving Impression
 
The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine delivers good power at high revs for those who like to wind it up, and decent torque for acceleration when you need it at any speed.With a balance shaft to offset vibration, it's smooth.It delivers 10 less horsepower than the 1.6-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost, 14 less foot-pounds of torque, and 2 less miles per gallon.The 2.5-liter engine is about keeping the purchase price down.

When we first drove a front-wheel-drive 1.6-liter EcoBoost, we were impressed by its quickness.With 178 horsepower this good, who needs 240? we asked aloud, thinking of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost we would drive next.The word that came to mind to describe the way the 1.6 gets around is scoots, and it scoots all the way up to redline.

The ride in the 1.6-liter front-wheel-drive model was smooth, while at the same time it felt like it wanted to dance.It darts but doesn't jerk, and you get used to it.There was a bouncy motion to the suspension, but it wasn't harsh or disturbing, unlike the back seat of the Explorer we rode in from the airport.It's very nimble, and we love how it handles on two-lanes.

That's probably Torque Vectoring Control at work, an impressive feature for a compact SUV.It uses the stability control module to monitor the dynamics 100 times per second; when the front inside wheel starts to slip in a corner, brake is applied to that wheel, balancing the grip with the left front wheel and reducing understeer.

Torque Vectoring works with standard Curve Control, which is like electronic stability control, only quicker; it senses when a vehicle is entering a curve too fast, and cuts power and/or applies braking to individual wheels to reduce speed by up to 10 mph in one second.Think freeway on-ramps or off-ramps, especially in the wet.

The brakes are quite aggressive, or rather we should say the sensors that control the brakes are aggressive, because the mechanical feel to the pedal is just right, nicely progressive.But as we dabbed the brakes before corners on the twisty road, it felt like they were surging and biting.Once we felt the stability control come on, and it actually made a tire chirp when it braked just one wheel.

In some challenging choppy switchbacks, the suspension did good job of smoothing it all out.We assume that Torque Vectoring Control was at work, but we didn't feel it.

The automatic 6-speed transmission kicks down into 5th on the freeway quite a bit, unnecessarily we think, but they all do that, even way powerful cars; the more gears there are, the more the transmission tries to get out of top gear.We tried to keep it in 6th by shifting to Sport/Manual mode, to no avail.We tested its tolerance by slowing down to 40 mph in 6th gear and flooring it; it downshifted to 4th gear, while indicating in the digital window that it was in 5th.

It makes us realize that Sport/Manual mode is a paradox.In a 'sport' mode, a driver would want the transmission to downshift aggressively; in a 'manual' mode, he or she would not.

Our run in the 1.6 included a lot of relaxed driving, so for much of the time our throttle foot was light, but we only averaged 22.7 miles per gallon.It's EPA-rated at 23 city/33 highway.

Our Escape 2.0-liter EcoBoost felt like a totally different car: heavier, more solid, less visceral.The handling is slower and suspension steadier than the 1.6, which most buyers will probably be more comfortable with.The 2.0 Escape feels substantial, for a compact SUV.However, we should point out that our 2.0 was all-wheel drive, and the 1.6 was front-wheel drive, and maybe that explains more about the feel of the car than the engine.Tires and wheels are different, also, with 17-inch wheels on the 1.6, 19-inch wheels on the 2.0.

The all-wheel-drive system is new, with sensors that analyze data from 25 signals, 20 times faster than the blink of an eye, and deliver torque to the wheels as needed, through a new torque converter and electromagnetic clutch.

The 2.0-liter is not just a bigger version of the 1.6.Although both are turbocharged, direct-injected, 16-valve, aluminum four-cylinders, they're from different engine families; the 1.6 is the older Sigma design, the 2.0 is Duratec.The 2.0 feels like a V6, compared to the 1.6.Using different turbochargers, the 1.6 has a steeper torque curve, further adding to its quickness and visceral feel.The 1.6 makes 184 pound-feet or torque at 2500 rpm, while the 2.0 makes 270 pound-feet at 3000.We can't say we felt that big difference, but you sure will if you tow anything.Properly equipped, the 2.0 Escape can tow 3500 pounds, which is a lot for a four-cylinder compact SUV.

Even having 62 more horsepower, 240 hp vs.178 hp, the 2.0-liter Escape doesn't feel much faster in a straight line; and maybe ours wasn't, because of a taller rear axle ratio.The 1.6 FWD comes with a 3.21 final drive, the 2.0 AWD with a long-legged 3.07, which didn't help fuel mileage much; we got 19.7 mpg with the 2.0.It's EPA-rated at 21 City/28 Highway with all-wheel drive.

Transmissions are the same on the 1.6 and 2.0, but programmed differently, the 2.0 sportier.Like the Ford Taurus SHO (but not the Mustang), it has rev-matching downshifting, meaning you'll hear a little blip from the engine as it goes in gear smoothly, when you manually downshift it hard.And like the SHO, sometimes it upshifts curiously.Once, in Sport/Manual mode, with our foot on the floor and racing to redline, it upshifted on its own into 4th gear at about 4200 rpm, immediately after reaching redline no problem in 3rd.The SHO did the exact same thing.These quirky and contradictory transmission habits usually get down to one engineer in the development team, that automotive journalists rarely can reach to ask why.

 
Summary
 
The all-new Ford Escape offers three four-cylinder engines, most notably the 240-hp EcoBoost 2.0-liter four-cylinder twin-turbo EPA-rated at 21/28 mpg with an available sophisticated new AWD system.There's one smooth 6-speed manual automatic transmission for all models.The 1.6-liter EcoBoost is quick, lively and visceral; while the 2.0 feels like a V6.Classy interior, excellent handling, plenty of cargo space with rear seats that fold down with one touch.MyFordTouch and Voice Command remain problematic.An Escape SE model with the 1.6-liter engine is the way we'd go, to get most of the virtues at the lowest price.

Sam Moses filed this report after his test drive of the Ford Escape in the Pacific Northwest.

 
Model Lineup
 
Ford Escape S ($23.295); Escape SE ($25,895); Escape SEL ($28,695); Escape Titanium (31,195).
 
Assembled In
 
Louisville, Kentucky.
 
Options As Tested
 
cargo management system, including roofrails and crossbars, 110-volt outlet and tonneau cover, panoramic vista roof, MyFordTouch with navigation and HD radio.
 
TagLine
 
All-new, featuring fuel-efficient EcoBoost engines.
 
New Car Test Drive
 
Comparison
 
Ford interior is finished in top-notch materials that would be at home on a Lincoln or any other entry-level luxury vehicle.
 
Canadian Driver
 
Liked Most
 
The Escape's brake feel is solid and linear. Pedal pressure corresponds nicely to brake force, making them easy to modulate and confidence-inspiring.
 
Motor Trend
 
One Liner
 
If you've ever seen an episode of "So You Think You Can Dance?" you know that most of America can't. Dance, that is. So the newly redesigned Ford Escape should make things interesting.
 
The Wall Street Journal
 
TOP


Standard Equipment
 
Wheels
Wheel Covers, Full wheelStandard
Diameter, 17Standard
Width, 7.5Standard
Rim Type, None steelStandard
 
Spare Wheel
Rim type, SteelStandard
 
Spare Tire
Mount Location, Inside under cargoStandard
Size, CompactStandard
 
Suspension
Front Suspension Classification, IndependentStandard
Front Spring Type, CoilStandard
Front Stabilizer Bar, RegularStandard
Rear Spring Type, CoilStandard
Class, RegularStandard
Independent, Four-wheelStandard
Front suspension type, StrutStandard
 
Drivetrain
Limited slip differentialStandard
Axle ratioStandard
 
Seats
Total Seating Capacity, 5Standard
Front seat type, BucketStandard
seating capacity, 5Standard
 
Rear Seats
Folding, Fold forward seatbackStandard
 
Locks
Power door locks, Remote power door locksStandard
2-Stage unlocking, 2-stage unlockingStandard
 
Windows
Power windowsStandard
One-touch windowsStandard
Front wipers - intermittentStandard
Privacy glassStandard
Rear defoggerStandard
Rear wiperStandard
Rear quarter windowsStandard
 
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustment, Power remoteStandard
Passenger mirror adjustment, Power remoteStandard
Vanity mirrors, Dual vanity mirrorsStandard
 
Convenience Features
Cruise control, Cruise controlStandard
Power steering, Speed-proportional electric power steeringStandard
Steering wheel, Tilt and telescopicStandard
Audio controls on steering wheel, Audio controlsStandard
Cruise controls on steering wheel, Cruise controlsStandard
Cupholders, Front and rearStandard
Door pockets, Driver, passenger and rearStandard
12V DC power outlet, 3Standard
Retained accessory power, Retained accessory powerStandard
Overhead console, Mini with storageStandard
Center Console, Full with covered storageStandard
Multi-function remote, Trunk/hatch/door/tailgateStandard
Under Seat Storage, Under seat storageStandard
 
Comfort Features
Reading lights, FrontStandard
Steering wheel trim, UrethaneStandard
Dash trim, Metal-lookStandard
Floor mats, Carpet frontStandard
Cargo area light, Cargo area lightStandard
 
Instrumentation
TachometerStandard
Trip computerStandard
ClockStandard
Low fuel levelStandard
 
Exterior Features
Rear spoilerStandard
 
Audio System
Speed Sensitive Volume Control, YesStandard
Antenna Type, Integrated roofStandard
In-Dash CD, SingleStandard
Radio, AM/FM stereoStandard
 
Doors
left rear passenger door type, ConventionalStandard
right rear passenger door type, ConventionalStandard
Rear door type, LiftgateStandard
 
Truck Features
Door reinforcementStandard
BumpersStandard
 
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsStandard
 
Airbags
Head airbags, Curtain 1st and 2nd rowStandard
Passenger Airbag, YesStandard
Driver Airbag, YesStandard
 
Stability and Traction
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
 
Child Safety
Child safety locks, YesStandard
 
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt, 3-point beltStandard
Seatbelt pretensioners, FrontStandard
 
Transmission
Manual / automatic, AutomaticStandard
Automatic type, AutomaticStandard
Transmission Hill Holder, Transmission hill holderStandard
 
Engine
Max RPM, 6,000 RPMStandard
Torque, 170 lb.-ft.Standard
Valve Gear, DOHCStandard
Total Valves, 16Standard
Engine Configuration, InlineStandard
Displacement, 152 cu.in.Standard
Vehicle Emissions, ULEV IIStandard
Size, 2.5 LStandard
Horse Power, 168 hpStandard
Variable Valve Timing, Variable valve timingStandard
Max Torque RPM, 4,500 RPMStandard
Compression Ratio, 9.70 : 1Standard
 
Air Conditioning
Front air conditioning, ManualStandard
Air filtration, Interior air filtrationStandard
 
Security
engine immobilizer, Engine immobilizerStandard
 
Headrests
Adjustable Front Headrests, Manual w/tiltStandard
 
Brakes
Braking assist, Braking assist inchesStandard
Front brakes, Ventilated disc inchesStandard
 
ABS Brakes
ABS, 4-wheelStandard
 
TOP


Available Optional Equipment
The list of optional equipment below represents a mix of optional dealer or factory installed features. Some must be added by the manufacturer during the production process whilst others can be installed here at the point of purchase. Please note that this list is intended for informational purposes only. If you have any questions please contact us for clarification. 
 
Emissions
 
California Emissions System:
Required code for California Emissions States registration (CA, CT, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NY, OR, PA, RI, VT, WA). Optional code for Cross Border States dealer orders (AZ, DC, DE, ID, NH, NV, OH, VA, WV).
   * 
California Emissions System Not Required:
Dealers ordering a vehicle without a California Emissions System and which is being sold/delivered to a California Emissions State dealer are also required to use Code 423 to attest either that the vehicle is not being registered in a California Emissions State or that Code 936 is applicable. NOTE:
   * 
California Public Service/Emergency Vehicle Exempt:
This exemption may only apply in certain states. Ordering dealer is responsible to contact the proper state authorities for clarification on qualifying exempted vehicles for registration. Only available on units sold for authorized public service or emergency service use.
   * 
Dealer Order For California States Registration:
Federal Emissions State dealers ordering a California Emissions System (Code 422) are also required to use Code 93N to attest that the vehicle is to be registered in a California Emissions State. NOTE: it is a violation of Federal law for a Federal Emissions State dealer to sell a vehicle with a Ca
   * 
 
Fleet Options
 
Engine Block Heater (Regional)   * 
 
No Options
 
Base Vehicle Price (U0F)   * 
 
Other Options
 
Radio: AM/FM Single-CD/MP3-Capable:
Includes 6-speakers, auxiliary audio input jack and auto volume control.
   * 
All-Weather Floor Mats (Set of 4)   $75 
Cargo Area Protector   $90 
 
Packages
 
Equipment Group 100A   * 
 
Seats & Seat Trim
 
Cloth Buckets w/60/40 Split Rear Seat:
Includes 6-way manual driver's seat.
   * 
 
Wheels & Tires
 
Tires: P235/55R17:
Includes mini space-saver spare tire.
   * 
Wheels: 17 Steel Wheel w/Sparkle Silver Cover   * 
*See dealer for details
 
TOP


Incentive Programs
 
Finance Rate 0.0%/36 months
 
Ends 09/30/14
Ford US Retail Finance Rates Ford US Charlotte Region
Ford US Retail Finance Rates
Eligibility: All with approved credit
Source: Ford Credit
 


 
Finance Rate 0.0%/48 months
 
Ends 09/30/14
Ford US Retail Finance Rates Ford US Charlotte Region
Ford US Retail Finance Rates
Eligibility: All with approved credit
Source: Ford Credit
 


 
Finance Rate 0.0%/60 months
 
Ends 09/30/14
Ford US Retail Finance Rates Ford US Charlotte Region
Ford US Retail Finance Rates
Eligibility: All with approved credit
Source: Ford Credit
 


 
Finance Rate 1.90%/72 months
 
Ends 09/30/14
Ford US Retail Finance Rates Ford US Charlotte Region
Ford US Retail Finance Rates
Eligibility: All with approved credit
Source: Ford Credit
 


 
Cash $750.00
 
Ends 09/30/14
Ford US Credit Retail Bonus Customer Cash Ford US Charlotte Region
Ford US Credit Retail Bonus Customer Cash
Eligibility: All
Source: Ford Credit
 


 
Cash $1,000.00
 
Ends 09/30/14
Ford US Retail Bonus Customer Cash Ford US Charlotte Region
Ford US Retail Bonus Customer Cash
Eligibility: All
Source: Ford Credit
 


 
Cash $500.00
 
Ends 09/30/14
Ford US Retail Customer Cash Ford US Charlotte Region
Ford US Retail Customer Cash
Eligibility: All
Source: Ford Credit
 


 
Cash $1,000.00
 
Ends 09/30/14
Ford US Competitive Lease Conquest (Lease) Ford US National
Ford US Competitive Lease Conquest (Lease)
Eligibility: All
Source: Ford Credit
 


 
Cash $1,000.00
 
Ends 09/30/14
Ford US Competitive Lease Conquest (Retail) Ford US National
Ford US Competitive Lease Conquest (Retail)
Eligibility: All
Source: Ford Credit
 


 
Cash $750.00
 
Ends 09/22/14
Ford US US Ford Conquest Direct Offer Ford US National
Ford US US Ford Conquest Direct Offer
Eligibility: All
Source: Ford Credit
 


 
Cash $750.00
 
Ends 09/30/14
Ford US Ranger Owner Loyalty Ford US National
Ford US Ranger Owner Loyalty
Eligibility: All
Source: Ford Credit
 


 
Cash $500.00
 
Ends 09/30/14
Ford US RCL Renewal Offer-(Lease) Ford US Charlotte Region
Ford US RCL Renewal Offer-(Lease)
Eligibility: All
Source: Ford Credit
 


 
Cash $500.00
 
Ends 01/05/15
Ford US Military Appreciation Direct Offer Ford US Charlotte Region
Ford US Military Appreciation Direct Offer
Eligibility: Military
Source: Ford Credit
 


 
Cash $1,500.00
 
Ends 09/30/14
Ford US A/X/Z/D-Plan Retail Customer Cash Ford US Charlotte Region
Ford US A/X/Z/D-Plan Retail Customer Cash
Eligibility: All
Source: Ford Credit
 


 
Cash $500.00
 
Ends 10/31/14
Ford US Facebook Shared Direct Offer Ford US National
Ford US Facebook Shared Direct Offer
Eligibility: All
Source: Ford Credit
 


 
TOP


Related Ford Escape Links
 

  2015 Ford Escape Sport Utility
2015 Ford Escape 4dr FWD S $23,100
2015 Ford Escape 4dr FWD SE $25,550
2015 Ford Escape 4dr FWD Titanium $29,510
2015 Ford Escape 4dr 4x4 SE $27,300
2015 Ford Escape 4dr 4x4 Titanium $31,260
2015 Ford Escape 4dr Front-wheel Drive S 0-OEM Supplied Custom Image
 
 

  2014 Ford Escape Sport Utility
2014 Ford Escape 4dr FWD S $23,100
2014 Ford Escape 4dr FWD SE $25,550
2014 Ford Escape 4dr FWD Titanium $29,100
2014 Ford Escape 4dr 4x4 SE $27,300
2014 Ford Escape 4dr 4x4 Titanium $30,850
2014 Ford Escape 4dr Front-wheel Drive S 0-OEM Supplied Custom Image
 
 

  2013 Ford Escape Sport Utility
2013 Ford Escape 4dr FWD S $22,470
2013 Ford Escape 4dr FWD SE $25,070
2013 Ford Escape 4dr FWD SEL $28,170
2013 Ford Escape 4dr FWD Titanium $30,370
2013 Ford Escape 4dr 4x4 SE $26,820
2013 Ford Escape 4dr 4x4 SEL $29,920
2013 Ford Escape 4dr 4x4 Titanium $32,120
2013 Ford Escape 4dr Front-wheel Drive S 0-OEM Supplied Custom Image
 
 
TOP




 
The Sokal Media Group
Advertising Agency Raleigh Charlotte NC


NOTE: Price(s) include(s) all costs to be paid by a consumer, except for licensing costs, registration fees , $589 administrative fees and taxes. Vehicle inventory and promotional offers are updated frequently. Please note that all vehicles are subject to prior sale and promotional offers may be canceled without notice.

| Site Map | Contact Us | Legal Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Mobile Site |
 
 
©2014 Cloninger Ford of Hickory 1241 Highway 70 East, Hickory, NC 28602
Local: (828) 328-2221   Toll-Free: (888) 683-7320   Service: (888) 749-3985   Parts: (888) 771-5308