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The 2013 Ford Escape

Keep it simple
If you like the Escape as an alternative to the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 or Chevy Equinox, do yourself a favor and avoid the technological woes of the high-end models. There is plenty of simple tasks that the Escape is good at.  (Ford )
Touch-screen navigation system
The navigation system is integrated into MyFord Touch, an eight-inch touch screen on the dashboard that comes standard on the Titanium and SEL models. This touch screen works with the voice-activated Sync system to control the stereo, phone and climate.  (Ford )
Quiet ride
Outside noise is all but banished from the cabin, even at highway speeds. Heated, leather front seats in the model tested added to satisfaction with the vehicle’s interior. The rear seats, however, were not so comfortable.  (Ford )
Transmission
Standard on all Escapes is a six-speed automatic transmission. Although occasionally slow to respond, the gearbox generally stays out of your way and does its job without fuss. Drop the transmission into Sport mode and you can shift it manually via buttons on the shift knob.  (Ford )
Cargo space
Buyers comparing interior space should note that the Escape trails most of its competitors in passenger and cargo volume. (Ford )
Navigation problems
In the model tested, the vehicle icon in the navigation system would float around the map for up to 20 minutes while the system tried to figure out where the Escape actually was. (Ford )
Safety
Safety features standard on all Escapes include seven air bags, traction control with roll stability control, ABS with brake assist and a tire-pressure monitoring system.  (Ford )
Power
The SUV’s engine makes 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque; that’s plenty for a vehicle this size and it will propel the Escape from zero to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, according to Truck Trend.  (Ford )
Comfortable ride
The pre-production model (the 2013 Escape is on sale now) tested was well-mannered and a pleasure to pilot. It’s sporty when you want to have some fun, thanks largely to the four-wheel-drive option that uses torque vectoring to push power to the outside wheels to maximize traction (front-wheel drive is standard). Meanwhile, in everyday driving the comfort of the suspension is impressive.  (Ford )
Take the tech options for a test drive
If you’re justifiably interested in buying a 2013 Escape, take not only the vehicle for a test drive, but any tech options you’re looking for too. Get it away from the dealer’s lot, pull over, and ask it to do real life chores like navigating to your house or detecting errant children. If these features seem like systems you can live with, consider taking this great-driving SUV home.  (Ford )
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