The 2013 Ford Escape has a number of features that make it a good it for families with teenage drivers.
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The 2013 Ford Escape comes equipped with the MyKey system, which allows you to program individual keys with their own settings and tracking ability. With this system, 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.
In addition to the programmed MyKeys, you will also have at least one Admin Key, which will be able to program the other keys, as well as check in on all of the MyKeys (this is how you would check how many miles were driven).
Roadside Assistance and Warranty Information
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, click this link: 2013 Ford Escape Warranty.
While the Ford warranties won’t cover things like accidents or theft, they do cover most of the mechanical parts and inner workings of the Escape, assuming that all normal scheduled maintenance is maintained. This makes buying a new Escape a great option for teens that are planning on taking their vehicle to college with them. Apart from scheduled maintenance, they won’t have to worry about any kind of major repair work on their vehicle like they would if they had bought an older vehicle without a warranty.
In addition, most new Ford vehicles come with 5-year/60,000-mile Roadside Assistance free of charge, which allows for:
- Towing to the nearest Ford Motor Company dealership, or towing to your selling dealership if within 35 miles
- Flat tire change (vehicle must have usable spare)
- Fuel delivery (limited to two occurrences in a 12-month period up to 2 gallons of gas, 5 gallons of diesel)
- Jump starts
- Lock-out assistance (replacement key cost is customer responsibility
- Winching (vehicle must be within 100 feet of a paved or county-maintained road)
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 Escape is also equipped with the SOS Post-Crash Alert System, which, in the event of a crash where the airbag deploys or the seat belt pre-tensioners are activated, will unlock all of the doors, flash the hazard lights, and sound the horn until the system is either deactivated (by pressing button for the hazard lights), or until the battery runs out of power. This system is designed to help emergency and first-responders find the vehicle if it is not visible from the road. There is always the chance that this system or the car’s battery could be damaged in the crash, in which case it may or may not function properly.
For more information about the many features of the Escape, be sure to check out the rest of our Shopping Guide for the 2013 Ford Escape.