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Ford Escape



  • tim156tim156 Posts: 308
    edited June 2012
    I took a test drive this morning. It was only about 5 miles, mostly surface streets and 2 miles or so on the freeway. I was pleasantly impressed with everything about the car. The ride was a little stiff, but handling was quick and responsive, pick up on the entrance ramp was excellent and cruising at 60 the passing power was equally excellent. I didn't expect the nice low engine growl, but liked it, and surprisingly didn't notice any turbo whine when I punched the gas. The seats are much wider and roomier for my derriere and the front seat area has a similar layout as my Focus, but with much more room. The rear seat folding was effortless and there is a lot of room behind the rear seats. I think I'll be able to fit my clubs and cart in the back without even folding the seats. The Escape I drove had the Panoramic Vista roof and I kind of wish I had ordered mine with one. Any second guessing I had regarding trading my 2012 Focus has now vanished.
  • tinycadontinycadon Posts: 287
    Tim, what did you test drive, the 1.6l or 2.0l and fwd or awd? Thanks.
  • tim156tim156 Posts: 308
    2.0L Titanium, 4WD.
  • m6userm6user Posts: 2,952
    Why did you trade the 2012 Focus if I might ask? Not enough cargo room? Now that you've ordered and driven the 2.0, how would you think you would like the 1.6?
  • tim156tim156 Posts: 308
    I traded my Focus because yes, I need more cargo space, I want more power, more interior room and to sit higher on the road. I like my Focus, it gets great mpg's, runs well and has good pep for a small car, but it gets a little cramped when logging 14 hour driving days. I chose to get the 2.0L because I road trip a lot and travel to AZ for a month in the winter. The Focus seemed to labor in the mountains and I was a little concerned the 1.6L might be a little under powered for travel to higher elevations from the Valley. I think for city/highway use the 1.6L will be fine.
  • The new 2013 Escape 1.6 turbo is on my list of vehicles to see and drive. Looks like it fits my requirements, but worried about the turbo. Never owned one so don't know how reliable they are. I just finished up over on the Eco boost discussions ( trucks and looks like some problems here with Eco Boost ), but still have not gathered enough information about the durability of this technology, you know fuel efficiency in the real world - and no mechanical problems. I don't ever want to visit a Ford dealership except for oil changes and the like.

  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,824
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  • wolandcawolandca Posts: 1
    I did a test drive of base model this Sat. Not bad at all. A bit noisy, but not so bad as in old 2012 model and suspension little stiff but not so stiff as in Toyota Matrix ;). I do not see any reason for paying extra for 1.6L Eco with almost same MPG and Ph. Am i wrong?
  • This vehicle has had many issues the worst being that it "dies" without any warning whatsoever. It usually will restart. This has happened 4 times since mid winter 2011. The dealership has installed a recording device to try and obtain data on what is going on. They cannnot seem to replicate the issue but when I drive it, it is hesitating ALOT but it will usually recover and keep going.

    There have been issues with a rear engine seal, starter and transmission and dealership has done whatever is necessary to fix those. I still feel the transmission is not optimal though.

    Any ideas?
  • dodgeman07dodgeman07 Posts: 573
    If it was me buying it? I would have no problem with the base engine.

    My local Ford dealer has a base "S" model with a SOLD sign hanging in it. It had all the options I would need and a sticker of $23,800.

    The 2.5L Duratec I-4 engine is a proven performer and in the FWD model, would provide good performance and economy.
  • tinycadontinycadon Posts: 287
    I took a peak at an SE model today & I could see that there was no vent on the center stack for the rear seat passengers. I thought they all came with it now? Is there a certain option needed to get the rear seat vents? Is it only available on Titanium & SEL models? A bit confused, would like to get one but not if it doesn't have this vent option, have pets that need the airflow going into the back area.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,614
    check for the vents under the front seats.
  • tinycadontinycadon Posts: 287
    So is the SEL, not the SE, the model you need to buy to get the vents, I thought all models came with it now?
  • tinycadontinycadon Posts: 287
    Think I figured it out? By looking at the photos on dealers websites, it seems that the Escapes with the MyFordTouch option has the rear vents while the Escapes without MFT do not have the vents. Makes sense, Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control comes with the MFT.
  • so you are so up on this vehicle

    name where you are seeing all this so called bad- so many issues

    not talking about goofy web sites- facebook nuts or twitter nuts
    state facts
    tell us where we can find all the faults of this vehicle- documented

    I sure haven't been able to find anything to back up your biased opinion
  • tpangtpang Posts: 1
    Hi, I had test drive the other day when it was raining (July), the model is SEL 2.0T FWD. However, whenever I accelerate the car, i can feel the wheels were spinning at a faster speed but the car isn't moving (skid). I can actually feel it every time i start moving at each traffic light. The wheels are like running in the mud or sand. Has anyone have this issue with this model?
  • bretcampbretcamp Posts: 6
    So, anyone able to determine the hatch opening height yet? Thanks.
  • jdixsonjdixson Posts: 10
    I dropped a vertical from the lateral midpoint of the opening and it was 31 5/8".

    Same measurement on my 2008 Mariner Hybrid was 33 1/4".
  • acinonyxacinonyx Posts: 1
    My local dealer says all shipments currently held up due to a recall. May be a bit before they get any more.
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