Purchasing a new vehicle is an investment, regardless of how large or small your business is. You want to make sure that the vehicle you get can do everything you need it to do, from how many passengers it will hold, to how large the cargo area is, to how much it can tow.
This article will help you get a better understanding of what the 2013 Ford Escape has to offer your business.
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The 2013 Ford Escape offers three engine options: the 2.5L Duratec Engine (Standard on the Escape S trim level), the 1.6L EcoBoost Engine (Standard on the Escape SE and SEL), and the 2.0L EcoBoost Engine (Standard on the Escape Titanium, optional on SE and SEL). Each of these engine options offers something different. We’ll start from the top.
The 2.0L EcoBoost engine is going to provide the most power, as well as good fuel economy. This engine is rated at 240 horsepower, and 270 ft-lbs of torque. This is the engine that is paired with the Class II trailer tow prep package, which allows the Escape to tow up to 3,500 pounds. I’ll discuss that in more detail in the Towing and Cargo section below. This engine also gets an impressive EPA estimated 22-City/30-Hwy/25-Combined miles per gallon when equipped as a Front-wheel-drive vehicle, and 21-City/28-Hwy/24-Combined MPG when equipped as a 4-wheel drive vehicle.
The 1.6L EcoBoost Engine is a nice middle ground between the two other engines. It gets the best fuel economy of the three engines at 23-City/33-Hwy/26-Combined for Front-wheel-drive and 22-city/30-hwy/25-combined when equipped with 4-wheel-drive. It also performs slightly better than the 2.5L Duratec, providing 178 horsepower and 184 ft-lbs of torque. Because of the advanced EcoBoost technology, though, which combines direct fuel injection and a single turbocharger to get more bang for your buck, it does cost a little more than the 2.5L Duratec.
The 2.5L Duratec engine is a proven and reliable engine, and has been a part of the Ford line-up for years. It offers the second-best fuel economy at 22-City/31-Hwy/25-Combined (only available in Front-wheel-drive), while at the same time offering the lowest out-the-door sticker price compared to the other two engines.
All three of these engines are paired with a 6-speed SelectShift transmission, which allows you to operate the vehicle either as an automatic or as a manual.
Towing and Cargo
As I mentioned above, the 2013 Ford Escape can be equipped with the Class II Trailer Tow Prep Package, which allows the vehicle to tow up to 3,500 pounds. This package is paired with the 2.0L EcoBoost Engine. This package also includes Trailer Sway Control, which 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 don’t think you’ll be needing that much towing ability, the 1.6L EcoBoost Engine is rated for 2,000 lbs and the 2.5L Duratec is rated for 1,500 lbs of towing.
The Escape offers about 34.3 cubic feet of cargo area behind the second row seats, 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.
The second row seats split 60/40, so if you need to transport something long, you can fold down only part of the seat to expand your cargo area, and still seat three people in the Escape comfortably. Under normal conditions, with the second row seat up, the Escape seats 5 adults comfortably.
Warranty and Extended Service Plan
With every new Ford Escape, and most Ford Vehicles, Ford offers a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile Powertrain Warranty and safety restraint coverage, and a 5-year/unlimited-mileage corrosion (perforation) warranty, all with no deductible. For more information, check out this document on the 2013 Ford Escape Warranty.
In addition, we offer Ford’s Extended Service Plans, which are designed to augment the normal warranty. The payments for these are often simply rolled into your financing plan, and are designed to keep you from having If you don’t plan on keeping the vehicle for more than a few years, you probably won’t need an extended service plan, but if you plan on keeping your Escape in the company for several years, particularly after the 3-year/36,000 bumper-to-bumper and 5-year/60,000-mile Powertrain warranties expire, an Extended Service Plan from Ford is a good choice to help protect your investment. Because there are so many options with what types of Extended Service Plan are available, it is generally best to figure these out on a case-by-case basis, rather than try and provide a broad guide to individual needs.
If you are concerned with controlling maintenance costs for your business’s Ford Escape, we do offer Premium Maintenance Plans from Ford ESP, which can be used to cover regular maintenance like oil changes, multi-point inspections, and 6 “Normal Wear” items, including spark plugs, shock absorbers, clutch disc, engine belts and hoses, brake pads and linings, and wiper blades. Again, these plans are generally best worked out on a case-by-case basis, so please call us at (828) 648-2313 if you would like to discuss either an Extended Service Plan or a Premium Maintenance Plan.
One great, and often over-looked, benefit of the 2013 Ford Escape for businesses is the MyKey system. This system allows you to program individual keys with their own settings and tracking ability. Though typically used for families with teen drivers, it is equally useful for business owners who are concerned with safety and reputation management for their fleet. With this system, you can program each key with specific settings such as:
- Top Speed Limit
- Maximum Audio Volume Limit
- Persistent BeltMinder (which mutes the radio and chimes until all seatbelts are fastened)
- Early Low Fuel Warnings
This way, you don’t have to worry that your employees might be driving too quickly, or have the music set too loud in the company car, especially if you have the company logo on the side. Nobody wants that kind of publicity.
The MyKey system can also track how many miles are driven on a particular key, so it is especially easy to keep accurate logs of miles driven, especially if multiple employees share the same vehicle.
In addition, the Ford Escape features large, flat side panels on both sides, which are perfect for either magnetic stick-on company logos, full-body graphic wraps, or anything in-between.
For more information on the many features of the Escape, be sure to check out the rest of our Shopping Guide for the 2013 Ford Escape