The 2013 Ford Escape EcoBoost is the sporty, fuel efficient option in the popular Escape sport utility model lineup. Like its best-selling big brother, the F150 EcoBoost, the little sport ute has a lot of get-up-and-go and delivers the best fuel economy available.
The difference between this option and the standard V-6 option that has been the more popular version of the Escape in the past is all in the power output ranges and fuel economy. The V-6 model offers more power when considering straight horsepower and torque numbers, but the RPM range to reach that higher output is relatively high on the scale (about 4,000). The EcoBoost option gives 178 horsepower from its little 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, but it delivers that in a lower RPM range (sub-2,000). Coupled to the six-speed automatic transmission, the little EcoBoost actually has more off-the-line acceleration than its larger V-6 option.
Add to that the impressive 23 mpg city and 33 mpg highway EPA ratings and you can see why the 2013 Ford Escape EcoBoost is becoming a very popular choice. Those EPA numbers, by the way, beat the old Escape Hybrid’s ratings. Impressed yet?
For the 2013 model year, Ford redesigned the Escape from the ground up. The old, boxy look is gone in favor of the swept-back, less angular crossover look that’s become popular today. Knowing its audience, though, Ford didn’t mess with the Escape’s offroad capabilities, but did improve the ride and handling considerably.
Inside, many more things have changed. The top-notch fit and finish that Ford gained a name for in this market is still there, but vast improvements in ergonomics and comfort have been made. The cargo space is slightly larger and now features easier access, seating is far more comfortable – especially in the second row – and the new MyTouch system in the upper trim levels is much easier to use than in previous years.
Head and leg room have improved so that even the big beef eaters here in Wyoming will find that they aren’t as cramped in the 2013 Escape as they might have been in previous model years.
Other engine options for the 2013 Ford Escape are also good choices, especially if you need a little towing capability. The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder offering 22/31 city/highway mpg and the larger 2.0-liter EcoBoost option outputs 240 hp and gets 22/30 mpg.
In driving the 2013 Ford Escape EcoBoost with the fuel efficient 1.6L, though, most will find that it covers the bases that the majority of Wyoming drivers require. In the all-wheel drive package, it is capable enough to get through the winter and the new aerodynamics mean better handling in the high crosswinds we often have. The improved ride and handling make a big difference on the highway as well, making for a far more comfortable long-distance drive.
<em>Our test vehicle was driven first at a Ford-sponsored event in Denver last year. The production model, in roughly the same trim level and configuration, was then driven for four days in the Cheyenne area in several weather and road scenarios during the winter.</em>