By on January 25, 2012

Yes, prices are subject to change, but Ford’s configurator gives us a good idea of how much a 2013 Ford Escape will go for when it hits showrooms this spring.

A 2.5L 4-cylinder S starts at $22,220. Next up is an FWD 1.6L Ecoboost for $24,820. A 2.0L Ecoboost with FWD is $25,915. AWD versions of the 1.6L and 2.0L are $26,570 and $27,665 respectively. The SEL with FWD will run you $27,620 for the 1.6L and $28,715 for the 2.0L while AWD versions cost $29,370 and $30,465. The top dog Titanium model with the 2.0L Ecoboost motor is $30,120 for the FWD and $31,870 for the AWD.


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39 Comments on “2013 Ford Escape Tentatively Priced At $22,220...”

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    I am glad to see this got posted. I don`t know if it includes destination since it is not stated (one way or the other). The information is useful in knowing the price differential between the two ecoboost engines – gives an idea for the upcoming Fusion.

    I find it interesting that the Escape and Focus have S, SE, SEL and Titanium whereas the Fusion will be S, SE, Se with Luxury package and Titanium. I would have thought they would be consistent.

    • 0 avatar

      IMO, SE w/Luxury Package = SEL.

      Methinks the previous gen was such a strong seller due in large part to its classic, blocky styling. Wonder if the me-too looks of this new Escape will impact sales.

      • 0 avatar

        The old Escape was me-too when it was first released (think about the contemporary RAV, CR/V, Vue and so forth; in 2000 they all looked like this, too). It’s just changed little since then.

        It sells well because it’s a cheap way (both up-front and in terms of ongoing maintenance) to do what most people want done with a car.

      • 0 avatar

        @psarhjinian – Yes – what you sat about the Escape’s design is true. However, I do believe that turn of the millenia styling is what is selling the Escape right now. If you look at sales numbers, as the Rav4, CRV, Vue and other contemporary rivals were re-designed into today’s non-boxy CUVs, the Escapes sales continued to grow. In fact, 2011 was the strongest year of sales by FAR (on what is basically a 10 year old car), with 2010 the second strongest and 2009 the fourth strongest.

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    cant say i’m excited to see another me-too micro pod running around. the original escape has a ranger-esque old school feel that i would have appreciated to stay around. earth will still rotate though.

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    Prices vary by zipcode; in my neck-of-the-woods the Escape starts at $22.970.

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    Twitter: phauser

    Sportage starts at $18,500. Is the 2.5 a nearly $4000 better vehicle?

    • 0 avatar

      Based on the most recent Focus, I am inclined to say it is a good possibility.

      • 0 avatar

        If you looked at the recent Kia’s and Hyundai’s, you would probably inclined to say NOT. The Sportage is a newer model and more stylish than the outgoing version. There is a turbo version with 260hp. It’s biggest negatives is that it is tight in the back for adults and the ride is a bit stiff. Based on the restyling of the Escape, I would not be surprised if it sacrifices rearseat headroom as well, though the last Escape did a nice decent job with ride refinement.

        The top of the line versions are priced very close, however.

        IMHO, the Sportage still looks like an SUV, while the new Escape looks more like a chubby Focus. I think Ford is going to lose customers who like the SUV look. The question is, will they gain some that like the sporty Focus look.

    • 0 avatar

      To get an auto tranny, which the Escape has standard, the Sportage LX starts at $20,800. So $4K better is a tough sell, but apples to apples the gap is $1500-ish (there seems to be a lot of variance by zip code).

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    So, basically, Escape is to Focus what Freestyle was to Taurus/500… And the prices are right at Subaru Outback territory

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    Is the C-Max ever going to be released?

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    Tried to configure one, but was stonewalled at the first step. The only way to get one without an Ecoboost motor is to get the base model, but you can’t get AWD without moving up a trim level. I don’t care what they call it, Ecoboost is a turbo, and I have too many bad memories of them in the past to ever buy another one.

    • 0 avatar

      I couldn’t find anywhere to let me select a stick shift, so gave up.

    • 0 avatar

      Really? I’m on my Fifth Turbocharged vehicle now and have never once had problems with anything to do with the Turbo itself. And I do not go easy on them and I do not go overboard with maintenance. (I don’t ignore them either, but follow common sense). Most turbo’s these days are light-pressure units anyway, with relatively little extra stress generated compared to what is theoretically possible. I’d be (and am) much more concerned with the electronics in a vehicle than the turbo. Study a turbo unit sometime and you will be surprised at what a relatively simple mechanism it actually it.

      93 Audi S4 mit RS2 turbo swap at 100k miles, original turbo NO wear or imbalance exhibited at that time)
      95 Audi S6
      90 Volvo 740T
      01 Volvo V40
      03 Saab 9-3

    • 0 avatar

      I haven’t seen the specifics on the implementation of the EcoBoost in the Escape, but the 3.5 EcoBoost motor has several features that help alleviate a lot of the issues of past turbo engines. For example, there is passive capillary cooling built into the engine – when you shut it off it automatically draws coolant through the block to prevent the coking that could occur in older turbos without a rest period. In the F-150 implementation there is also an oil cooler built into the oil filter housing, I wouldn’t be surprised to see that show up in other vehicles as well.

      • 0 avatar

        That oil cooler is also present on the 3.5 ecoboost when present in anything with a ‘tow package’ added.

        Expect the 2.0L to have all the goodies of the 3.5 plus TiVCT. Waiting for some variable turbine tech and twin scroll goodness.

    • 0 avatar

      The unreliability rap on boosted motors is wholly undeserved.

      The first problem is that most boosted cars sold here were bottom feeding European garbage. VW couldn’t even build a power window that worked. Of course their boosted powertrains were replacements waiting to happen. So were their NA powertrains. So were their headlights. Das crap.

      The second problem is that most of those boosted cars were sporty compacts which drew buyers who beat on them. More boost for even more beating was a new pulley or ECU away. Leading of course to more expensive failures.

      As part of a correctly engineered powertrain boost is nothing to be afraid of. 100% of semi tractors running 100-200K a year are boosted.

    • 0 avatar

      Not too long ago I was in the market for a new car, and I had considered a turbo-equipped car. Whenever I looked at the specs for such a car, I noticed the carmaker always recommended premium gas. I had read from other sites and postings that you needed to use that to prevent knocking, get better gas mileage, not damage o-rings, etc etc etc. That said, premium gas is just costs so much more. Is it really that important you use at least 91-octane gas?

  • avatar
    M. Ellis

    Tried to configure an SEL, and it won’t give me a back-up camera without the full parking assist. Unless, of course, I’m somehow doing it wrong.

    I have a back-up camera on the Prius, and it’s fantastic, particularly given the limited sight lines out the rear.

    My wife is still more interested in a hybrid 2013 Fusion. We shall see.

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    That is ugly. The front end/hood isn’t doing it for me. I like the old Escape better. this just looks like a big Focus combined with a dung beetle. It is too busy, there are too many lines, edges and curves.

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    I noticed that, with the standard 2.5 liter naturally aspirated I4, and the optional 2.0 liter turbo I4, the new Escape has the same engine options as the new Cadillac ATS. Maybe the turbo should come standard on a Cadillac.

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    can’t decide if it’s an sx4 or a butch focus

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    That’s odd…when I checked the Ford site, the prices it lists are all $750 more. They must have added destination.

    The cheapest AWD Escape starts at $26,570 A similarly-equipped AWD CR-V EX costs is about $1000 less and comes with a standard sunroof (a $1395 option on the Escape). And Honda offers a base-model AWD for $23,545.

    Ford should have at least offered the S with AWD. If these numbers are right, they’re going to have a hard time selling.

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    $27,400 in a SE is the cheapest way into the AWD 2.0 turbo. It’s also as far into the line as I’d be willing to look because higher trims force you into MyFordCrash.

    Same sticker as a V6 Sorento. $1,500 more gets you the very nice H6 Outback.

    Not very attractive.

    • 0 avatar

      The current Escape XLT V6 AWD, which is the most comparable to the SE 2.0 AWD, starts at $27,815, so no real difference there.

      The Escape (along with all of the other 2013 models) are going to come with MyFord Touch 2.0, which supposedly drastically improved the speed and stability of the system. I haven’t had a chance to use the new software yet, but the most recent builds of the regular MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch are far more stable than the initial release, so I’m hopeful.

      • 0 avatar

        I didn’t realize the current Escape had crept up so high. Four years ago when I considered buying one for my mother I recall the sticker (XLT, V6) was 24 and change. Not that sticker meant anything in gas panic pricing.

        Ford is very sneaky about advertising prices before destination, the real sticker on that 2012 is $28,640!

      • 0 avatar

        Four years ago would have been a ’07 or ’08 model. The ’07 was the old body style and the ’08 still had the older version of the V6 (the 200hp in the case of the Escape, vs the 240hp offered currently) and the 4 speed vs the current 6 speed. There have been incremental price increases since then, but there have been powertrain upgrades and additional equipment added as well (the XLS used to have steelies and no cruise, now alloys and cruise are both standard, for example).

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    FWIW, when I saw it in the flesh at th NE Intl Auto Show, I thought it looked great.

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    v6 RAV4 or 1.6l Ecoblast? hmmmmmm tough choice.

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    I sat in one at NAIAS last week. Pluses (to me at least), the seats are a bit more sumptuous, and the whole car seems to sit a couple inches closer to the ground. The minuses, it comes off as an oversized Focus, and you can tell that Ford is trying to position it as a premium product, which should be reserved for the Explorer set.

    I just bought a new ’12 Escape XLT last month. It’s nothing flashy, but it does exactly what I want it to do, and is practical to a fault. I hope to keep it for a long time.

    • 0 avatar

      Ford’s push with all of the new models has been that you shouldn’t have to buy the larger vehicle to get the premium features. If you want a big CUV you can go with the Explorer, if you want a medium sized one you can go with the Edge, and if you want a compact one you can go with the Escape. You don’t have to buy a larger vehicle just to get some of the premium features though. It makes sense – pick the size you want/need and have the features you want available regardless.

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    So, to get remote start, I’d have to spend 30,000 on a Titanium FWD, and get stuck with leather and other crap that I don’t want. Great, that just took it off my list.
    These option packages and trim levels are a cash grab, plain and simple (and Ford is not the only offender, for sure), when a $23,000 car can easily be “optioned-up” to $35,000!

    • 0 avatar

      A common Best & Brightest complaint seems to be the hate of (1) offering a stripped-down base version and (2) then also offering a bunch of options – and demanding money for those options!!!

      Sure options are more profitable to a carmaker, but at least the domestics offer more of them as ala carte than ze Germans (trust me, I just bought a new A6 and had to buy a $5,000 option pack just to get back up sensors). I’m amazed that Ford offers MyFordTouch without Nav, for instance.

      In your case, there just aren’t that many people that want one luxury/comfort feature (remote start) but not another luxury comfort feature (leather seats). It’s far from shocking.

      And you know what, Ford is listening. Nullo notes the Myfordtouch upgrade, and jack yesterday noted the Titanium and SEL Focii with manuals. These guys are doing a whole lot right. I don’t own a Ford but I am far more intrigued by all their new vehicles than anybody else.

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