Jun 03, 2013
Reviewed By Chester Allen
Price as Tested $27,860: 1.6-liter Ecoboost engine, 6-speed Selectshift automatic transmission, front-wheel drive, AdvanceTrac braking and stability control system, 17-inch alloy wheels, blind spot mirrors, fog lamp and satellite radio
Likes

The good gas mileage, coupled with plenty of interior room, comfortable seats and steady handling, makes this car perfect for long road trips — especially if equipment-heavy activities, such as camping, fishing or even surfing await when the driving is over. The controls are logically situated and they easily become second nature. Highway stability and mileage are terrific.

Dislikes

This is not a 4-wheel-drive SUV, although it works hard to look like one. I wonder why the car rides so high on its suspension, as off-road driving is clearly not an intended use of the car. The sheer height of the car makes it difficult to strap gear onto the roof rack.  The styling is generic and not distinctive or interesting.

Verdict

The Ford Escape in front-wheel drive is an excellent grocery-getter, kid hauler and gear lugger — if you live in a snow-free climate and don’t plan to tow a boat or drive up to the ski hill. The performance is adequate for modern traffic, but it won’t send chills up and down your back, and that’s okay. The seats are comfortable for tall people. The car handled wet roads very well, and the brakes are excellent. The gas mileage is very good for a vehicle of this size.

Fun to Drive
2.0 rating
Fun to Look at
2.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.0 rating
Stats
EPA Mileage 23/33