2013 Ford Escape Already Has 8,000 Orders

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The Ford Escape saw a major overhaul for the 2013 model year, ditching its traditional SUV styling for something more in line with the European Kuga offering.

As part of the American automaker’s ‘One Ford’ plan of ensuring North American models are nearly identical to its European counterparts, the changes to the 2013 Ford Escape are being welcomed with open arms.

Ford announced that it has almost 8,000 orders for its new Escape that will be hitting showrooms late next month with a starting price of $23,295, about $200 cheaper than its predecessor. But the base model isn’t even what the consumers are interested in. Half the orders for the new Ford Escape are for the higher trim levels: the new Titanium and the SEL which starts at $28,695. That falls in line with our recent report that average new car sales reached an all-time high of $30,748.

Powered by either a 1.6- or 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, the Escape combines performance (thanks to a turbocharger) with fuel efficiency. The previous 2.5L four-cylinder is also being carried over, but it’s expected that most buyers will opt for the new EcoBoost offerings.

GALLERY: 2013 Ford Escape

[Source: Detroit Free Press]

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • NMKim NMKim on Jun 27, 2012

    I was prepared to dis the new Escape as a virtual copycat of the other stylish compact SUVs already dominating the road. But I drove it today. It may look like the others, but it isn't. I'm ordering.

  • GovtHostage GovtHostage on Jul 10, 2012

    I agree!!!!! We ordered our new base Silver / sandstone cloth 1.6 SE with out ever driving one Luv the new non boxy style, anixious to get hands on itnow 4to 6 week wait Missed out on a super deal $$$$ at another dealership $22,500. + tax out the door $497.00 under my price **&^^%%$##