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2013 Ford Escape - LA Auto Show

author photo by Jeffrey Archer November 2011
  • Ford's new Escape ditches last year's conservative styling for sleek new lines.
  • The 2013 Escape no longer offers V6 power, but instead a choice of three highly efficient four-cylinder engines.
  • New features include a blind spot information system, a hands-free rear liftgate and even a system designed to parallel park automatically.

Ford finally pulled the cover off its all-new, third-generation 2013 Escape SUV at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show. In addition to radical new exterior styling and a more modern interior, the compact SUV offers several new features and gives up V6 power for a choice of three efficient four-cylinders.

The most immediately noticeable update to the 2013 Escape is its exterior styling. The boxy, conservative look of the SUV's predecessors is gone, and a cutting-edge new design with more flair and characteristic Ford lines is in its place. Car shoppers will immediately notice a more aerodynamic shape thanks to a new, steeply-raked A-pillar, but those looking closer will also notice muscular lines down either side coupled with stylized front and rear fascia that give the SUV an aggressive, distinctive appearance.

While the 2013 Escape's exterior styling marks a radical departure from the design of its predecessors, the SUV's interior may represent an even more comprehensive overhaul. Last year's conservative, functional lines are gone, replaced instead by a sleek new interior full of new technology. A center-mounted touch screen for the Escape's MyFord Touch system is available, and a full-color LCD screen comes standard between the SUV's gauges. Most noticeable, however, are stylized air vents and sculpted lines that take the 2013 Escape's cabin from ho-hum to cutting-edge.

Under the hood, the 2013 Escape is also at the forefront of today's technology. While last year's available V6 is shelved, the SUV is now offered with a choice of three new four-cylinder powerplants: a 168-horsepower 2.5-liter, a 173-horsepower 1.6-liter "EcoBoost" motor, and a 237-horsepower 2.0-liter "EcoBoost" powerplant that is expected to be more efficient and provide better performance than the 240-horsepower engine it replaces. Ford says all 2013 Escape models will come standard with a 6-speed automatic, regardless of engine choice.

Ford also added several exclusive new features to the 2013 Escape that are designed to help sway buyers who may be shopping the competition. In addition to an updated, easier to use MyFord Touch infotainment system, the 2013 Escape offers Ford's Blind Spot Information System, which alerts drivers when an approaching vehicle is in a blind spot, curve control and torque vectoring control, which improve handling by automatically slowing the car in corners, a completely hands-free power lift gate, which opens with a gentle kicking motion under the rear bumper, and park assist, which automatically parallel parks the compact SUV.

Although Ford hasn't announced when the 2013 Escape is scheduled to go on sale, our bet is early next year with a starting price around $23,000.

What it means to you: Look for great deals on the today's Escape, as the 2013 model represents a massive step forward for the popular compact SUV.

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