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2013 Ford Escape tech road block

features loaded into the version of the 2013 Ford were a cause of frustration in an SUV that is good at plenty of tasks.


By David Undercoffler, Los Times Chicago Tribune

June 14, 2012

Ralph Emerson once said, To be is to be great. Memo to the minds Ford’s 2013 Escape: more Emerson.

At its core, completely redesigned compact vehicle is a great vehicle. It is capable and not bad to look at.

Yet the $36,025 Titanium four-wheel drive I piled on too many layers of technology. The effect was more of teeth-grinding, fist-clenching, guttural of undiluted anger than my pressure cares to admit.

The power tailgate worked it wanted to, the detection system for up was hyperactive, and the navigation system couldn’t find itself. in an age when GPS devices are so ubiquitous I’m pretty sure one on my washing machine telling me how to get to the

So if you like the Escape as an alternative to the CR-V, Toyota RAV4 or Equinox, do yourself a favor and the technological woes of the high-end There is plenty of simple that the Escape is good at.

driving. Around town or on the my pre-production model (the is on sale now) was always and a pleasure to pilot. It’s when you want to have fun, thanks largely to the four-wheel-drive option that torque vectoring to push to the outside wheels to maximize (front-wheel drive is standard).

in everyday driving the suspension impresses you with its comfort.

The on my tester was practically hedonistic for segment. Rather than the Escape with an optional V-6 as it has in the Ford wisely dropped the top engine spot a more 2.0-liter turbocharged four from a family of engines EcoBoost.

This one makes 240 horsepower and 270 of torque; that’s plenty for a of this size and it will the Escape from zero to 60 in 6.8 according to Truck Trend.

A key of an engine this powerful in a SUV like this is towing The model I tested can tow 3,500 this compares with a few that offer only one which maxes out at about pounds. This power is a for buyers who don’t want to up to a vehicle the size of a small just because they a boat to move.

This is standard on the top-end Titanium and optional on the SE and SEL models. If you’re not or would just rather $1,100 and lose some Ford offers a smaller turbocharged engine that 178 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. this engine that will be the volume seller of the lineup and is found on models at $25,895.

Safety features on all Escapes include seven air traction control with stability control, ABS with assist and a tire-pressure monitoring

Also standard across the is a six-speed automatic transmission. occasionally slow to respond, the generally stays out of your way and its job without fuss. Drop the into Sport mode and you can it manually via buttons on the shift

Yet perhaps the best feature of all mechanicals is how quietly they together. Indeed, the entire of riding in an Escape is one of silent the taut exterior (think a Focus in a highchair) slips the wind quietly.

Thus, noise is all but banished from the even at highway speeds. The leather front seats in my elevate the satisfaction quotient, is only slightly offset by flat rear seats feel like you’re on a Sears catalog.

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Buyers interior space should that the Escape trails of its competitors in passenger and cargo Yet the cabin never feels and there’s plenty of headroom and for charges of all shapes and sizes. The seats also fold flat for those proverbial of plywood we buy every weekend.

But here’s hoping you have of time to navigate to that yard the GPS system might not be help. Because the model I was the grand poohbah Titanium it included an optional $795 system. The nav is integrated into Touch, an eight-inch touch on the dashboard that comes on the Titanium and SEL.

This screen works with the Sync system to control the phone and climate.

We got off to a rough when Sync wouldn’t with my phone, a first I’ve owned it. Then I directions, and our relationship got really Twice the input screen for almost a minute.

Once, through a trip, the entire Touch system crashed and reboot until I pulled and restarted the vehicle.

But the most problem was the nav’s wanderlust. entering a destination, the vehicle would float around the map for as as 20 minutes while the system to figure out where the Escape was. This happened my week with the vehicle, I was moving or parked, and in locations all the Los Angeles area.

Problems with Ford’s system aren’t limited to test vehicles and aren’t The car-buying public has noticed Last year, Ford’s plunged in consumer surveys by

Power Associates and Consumer with an oft-cited reason difficulties with Sync. responded by sending customers drives with an update but there is more work to be

The other technologies had their too. The hands-free power claims to open with a kick beneath the rear but in reality needed all sorts of gestures, jabs and wiggles to get the to open. The cross-path detection, to alert you specifically to objects into your path as you up, seemed to think parked and the large oak outside my apartment a threat.

At least the self-park feature as advertised.

If you’re justifiably in buying a 2013 Escape, not only the vehicle for a test-drive, but any tech options too. Get it from the dealer’s lot, over, and ask it to do real-life chores as navigating to your house or errant children. If these seem like systems you can with, consider taking it

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