When Ford redesigned its Escape SUV for the 2013 model year, it ditched the box on wheels look, trading creases for curves wherever possible. Now proudly displaying a front fascia and rising bodyline that brings the small ute more in line with the brand’s corporate design language, Ford switched up the identifying trim levels and added a full-zoot Titanium model.
The 2013 Escape will adopt the S, SE, SEL, and Titantium trim-level nomenclature used in Ford’s lineup of cars and crossovers. Also changing will be the availability of a manual transmission; the 2013 comes only with a six-speed auto. Although the stick shift is gone, the base price of the Escape with an auto has dropped by $200. Base S models are available only with the 2.5-liter inline-four that carries over from 2012; the rest of the range has an option of 1.6- or 2.0-liter EcoBoost fours. All-wheel drive will continue to be an option on SE, SEL, and Titanium models for an additional $1750.
Base prices are as follows:
- S: $23,295
- SE: $25,895 includes: Sync voice-activated communication system, USB port, satellite radio, MyFord with four-inch color display.
- SEL: $28,695 includes: Leather-trimmed and 10-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, automatic dual-zone climate control.
- Titanium: $31,195 includes: hands-free automatic liftgate, HID headlamps, 10-speaker Sony audio system, MyFord Touch.