The 2013 Ford Escape is a great family car. It’s got plenty of space without being too big. It’s got plenty of nice features without being an overly-expensive luxury toy. And it’s safe and economical without sacrificing style or practicality.
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The 2013 Ford Escape comes standard with a number of safety features to help keep you and your family safe on the road.
The Escape comes equipped with the LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Children) for safely tethering car seats or booster seats in the second row. In addition, it is equipped with Child Safety Locks on the rear doors, to help keep young children from accidentally opening the doors while driving.
The Escape also comes equipped with the MyKey system, which allows you to program individual keys with their own settings and tracking ability. This way, if you have a teen driver, you can create custom settings like:
- Top Speed Limit
- Maximum Audio Volume Limit
- Persistent BeltMinder (which mutes the radio and chimes until all seatbelts are fastened)
- Early Low Fuel Warnings
The MyKey system can also track how many miles are driven on a particular key, so when your teenager claims to be going simply to and from school every day, you can check how many miles were driven and confirm his claims.
The 2013 Ford Escape is equipped with seven airbags, which deploy automatically in the event of an accident:
- Dual-Stage Front Airbags (Driver and Passenger sides)
- Safety Canopy System Side-Curtain Airbags and Rollover sensor (Driver and Passenger sides)
- Driver’s Knee Airbag, designed to reduce the incidence of leg and knee injuries
- Front Seat Side Airbags (Driver and Passenger sides)
In addition, the Escape is equipped with 3-point seat belts and adjustable head restraints for every seat, as well as front seat-belt pre-tensioners, which are automatically activated in the event of an accident.
The 2013 Ford Escape comes with plenty of space in the cargo area to store everything your family needs – from groceries to strollers to soccer gear to gas for the lawnmower.
Behind the rear seats, you’ve got 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space, which is more than the 2013 Kia Sportage, which comes in at 26.1 cu. ft., but slightly less than the 2013 Honda CR-V, which comes in at 37.2 cu. ft. If you fold down the second row seats, however, that amount nearly doubles, up to 67.8 cubic feet of space. Plus, since the second row seats are split 60/40, you can fold one down, and still have space for a car seat or booster seat. This makes it easier to transport long or bulky items, like a new widescreen TV or a new piece of furniture, without having to remove your child’s car seat.
The cargo area comes equipped with grocery bag hooks in the cargo area as well, and with the optional Cargo Management System equipment group (available on the SE and SEL trim levels, but standard on the Titanium). This includes things like a cargo security shade, which protects your valuables in the cargo area both from the sun and from nosy neighbors, black roof-rack side rails, so that you can more easily tie down anything you have to carry on the roof of your vehicle, and 110V AC outlet with a household style plug, so that you can charge your laptop or other electronics on the road.
One outstanding optional feature on the 2013 Ford Escape, which is great for busy families, is the handsfree power liftgate, which comes standard on the Titanium trim level and optional on the SEL trim level. With the Handsfree Power Liftgate, all you have to do is simply have the key in your pocket and wave your foot under the center of the rear bumper. The car will then automatically unlatch and fully open the tailgate. This way, if your hands are full of groceries, babies or something bulky, you can still open the tailgate without having to set anything down. This feature is linked to the Intelligent Access Key, which allows you to enter and start the vehicle without having to take the key out of your pocket; it simply senses how close the key is to the car and unlock the door when you touch the handles.
In addition, there is a Cargo Area Protector that you can get optional on any Ford Escape, which is a plastic rubber mat that covers the floor of the cargo area. This easy-to-clean, easy-to-remove mat makes it much easier to keep your cargo area carpeting clean, especially if you’ve got muddy sports gear to haul around.
With the 2013 Ford Escape, you’ve got a couple of different towing options.
With the 2.5L Duratec Engine, you can tow up to about 1500 lbs, which is the average weight of a small pop-up camper. This is the engine that comes with the Escape S trim level, so if you are looking for more features in your Escape (things like Sirius XM radio, dual zone climate control, or a power driver’s seat), you’ll probably want to go with either an Escape SE or an SEL. These trim levels come standard with the 1.6L EcoBoost Engine, which will allow you to tow up to 2,000 lbs. It’s not a huge difference, but you’ll probably see better fuel economy and a little less strain on the engine.
If you have a mid-size to large pop-up camper, or a mid-size boat (up to around 20 feet) with a trailer, you can get the Class II Trailer Tow Package, which is paired with the 2.0L EcoBoost Engine, and will allow you to tow up to around 3500 lbs. This package is available on the SE, SEL, and Titanium trim levels, and includes not only a more powerful engine, but also the addition of Trailer Sway Control. TSC works with the Traction Control System standard on every Escape to monitor the amount that the trailer is swaying behind the vehicle, and then applying a small amount of braking to individual tires to compensate for any variation. The bottom line is, Trailer Sway Control allows you to maintain greater control over both the vehicle and the trailer, especially for trailers on the heavier end of the spectrum. Keep in mind though, that all the advanced technology in the world can’t overcome really bad driving – if you are towing something behind your Escape, regardless of how big it is, please drive carefully.
If you like going somewhere a little off the beaten path for your vacation (a secluded mountain cabin, for instance) – or for your daily commute – you can also opt for Intelligent 4-Wheel-Drive, which you can get with any of the EcoBoost engines. When running the vehicle in 4WD (not recommended on paved roads, but very useful in off-road or slippery driving conditions), the onboard computer will measure the traction and slippage of each individual tire, and re-route power to those wheels that have the most traction. For example, if you’re on a muddy road, the vehicle will automatically direct power away from the wheels that are slipping in the mud, and toward the wheels that have traction. This way, you can maintain better control of the vehicle no matter what the road conditions are.
What do all of these different towing options really mean for you though? They mean that the Escape is practical both as a family car, with plenty of room for cargo, kids and parents, and as a vacation car, with the ability to carry or tow whatever it is your family needs to get away from the daily grind.
The 2013 Ford Escape comes chock full of convenience features that make your life just a little bit easier. From simple things – like the 4 cup holders, front and rear dome lights, universal programmable garage door opener, or the steering wheel mounted cruse control and secondary audio controls – to the luxurious – like heated leather seats, dual zone climate control, and the hands-free power liftgate.
Let’s start with technology: The Escape comes with a number of high-tech features, like SYNC Voice control technology (Standard on SE, SEL, and Titanium, and optional on S), which allows handsfree control of your bluetooth-linked phone, climate controls, or navigation system, depending on what your particular Escape is equipped with. For more, check out this article on all of the handsfree technologies available on the Escape.
With the Cargo Management Package detailed above, the Escape gets a 110V AC Outlet with a household style plug, so that you can charge or plug in anything that has a normal two- or three-prong outlet. From your laptop, to a cell phone charger, to a food processor (although I don’t recommending doing any food processing inside your Escape).
I don’t need to tell you how convenient Dual Zone climate control is – and I can’t tell you how many marital spats could be avoided simply if he could have the thermostat at 75 degrees, and she could have it at 65 degrees. For me, this is a must, and it comes standard on both the SEL and Titanium trim levels.
And for those of you like me, that can never remember where you set your keys down, the Escape SE, SEL and Titanium come equipped with the SecuriCode Invisible Keypad for keyless entry. Of course, you’ll still need your keys to start the car, but at least if you lock the keys in the car, or if you just need to get something out of the trunk, you can get in without having to call AAA and wait an hour.
If having a great sound system is important to you, the Escape has options for you. The SE, SEL and Titanium come equipped with Sirius XM Radio with a complimentary 6-month trial subscription (Radio Disney is Channel 79 – and don’t lie; I know you’ve got every song on that station memorized), and the Titanium comes with a 10-speaker Sony Sound system and HD Radio. In addition, vehicles equipped with MyFord (Standard on SE, optional on S) have a CD Player with an Aux in and a USB port that you can stream audio through in addition to streaming bluetooth audio, and vehicles equipped with MyFord Touch (Standard on SEL and Titanium, optional on SE) have a CD Player with an Aux in, two USB ports, RCA jacks, and an SD Card Reader, on top of streaming bluetooth audio capability!
Another big factor that parents have to consider is cleanliness, which is why all-weather front and rear floor mats are optional on any 2013 Escape. These rubber mats are easy-to-clean and easy-to-remove, so no matter what your family tracks into the car, you’ll be able to go right behind them and get it out with no effort at all.
Finally, (not really a convenience feature, but nice to have) the 2013 Ford Escape SE, SEL and Titanium can be equipped with a Panoramic Vista Roof, a moonroof which extends over both the front and rear seats, giving everyone a beautiful view of the sky above. There’s nothing better than sitting in the backseat on a long overnight road trip and being able to look up at all the stars above.
For more information about the many features on the Escape, be sure to check out the rest of our Shopping Guide for the 2013 Ford Escape.