2013 Ford Escape Ecoboost®
Earlier today, I delivered a 2013 Ford Escape with AWD to a client with the new 2.0 liter Ecoboost motor. I wanted to write a quick post about this vehicle because it is a great value for a small SUV and I think it’s going to give the Toyota Rav4 and Honda CRV a serious run for their money. It has a sleek new design that looks quite a bit like a Honda CRV.
Be aware that this vehicle comes with two different Ecoboost engines, the 2.0l with 237hp and 250lb of torque and the smaller 1.6l with 173hp and 177lb of torque. The standard engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder also mated with a 6-speed automatic. and I wouldn’t recommend looking at that one because you’re going to really notice a difference in performance. The Ecoboost is definitely the way to go here.
There are a number of options you can add to this vehicle, such as the hands free motion-sensor power lift gate, a MyFord Touch System, Curve Control, Torque Vectoring Control system and several other options. The one that I delivered had Sirius Satellite radio, bluetooth and some other cool benefits that were standard, including it’s new aerodynamic design and Active Grille Shutters to help cut through the wind for better fuel economy.
I really like what Ford has done with this engine. They describe it on their website as follows…
” EcoBoost® technology helps produce a cooler, denser fuel injection charge that generates more power per every drop of fuel. Twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) maximizes performance, while two different technologies – turbocharging and direct injection – combine to deliver the performance of a much larger engine with the efficiency of a smaller one.”
The 2.0l is super fast and fun for a small SUV. My client hopped out of a Jeep Wrangler that he traded for this vehicle and the ride is smooth, it’s fun to drive and super responsive. It also came with Ford’s “Intelligent 4WD System”, which is designed to monitor traction and cornering conditions every 16 milliseconds and then it will automatically adjust torque distribution where needed. It’s pretty cool technology built into this vehicle.
The Ford Lease: Ford is promoting a pretty aggressive lease on this vehicle with a monthly payment that looks good on their website, but I’m not a huge fan of the Ford lease program. I lease vehicles to clients all the time and I’ve seen too many people coming out of Ford leases over the years and these leases drive me crazy! Ford may have great technology in their vehicles, but their leases are “old school”, where they send you back to the original Ford dealer where you leased the vehicle to figure out how to turn your lease back-in at the end of the term. My advice is skip doing the Ford lease and go for the financing or get a used 2013 Ford Escape with low miles and I can structure a lease for you, so call me for details.
I really like this vehicle for it’s great new technology and as a solid competitor for other small SUV’s in this class. Definitely put it on your list, if your in the market for this kind of a fuel efficient SUV.
Cool Car Guy Rating: Eco Cool
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