2023 Ford Escape Review: The SHOCKING Truth… New Video
The 2023 Ford Escape is a compact crossover SUV that’s both one of Ford’s most popular vehicles and one of the best-selling crossovers around today. Slotting below the larger Ford Edge and a rival to the well-known Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, the Escape offers multiple powertrains — gas, hybrid and plug-in hybrid — lots of in-car tech, and a variety of standard and available driver aids.
When the original Ford Escape launched back in 2001, it leaned into a made-for-the-trail image with rugged styling, available V6 power, and a sophisticated-for-its-time all-wheel drive system. These days, the Bronco Sport, which shares its platform with the Escape, credibly covers the small off-road SUV market for Ford, leaving the similarly sized Escape to pursue a softer lifestyle. Front-drive is standard and all-wheel drive is still available, but there’s nothing rugged about the rest of the package, which can be had with either of two hybrid powertrains—one a plug-in—as well as either a turbocharged three- or four-cylinder engine. The Escape’s styling is handsome and its cabin is spacious for both people and cargo, though not particularly upscale. Performance is average for the class, but if you’re someone who values the driving part of transporting yourself somewhere you’ll find a lot more to love in lively rivals such as the Mazda CX-50 and the Volkswagen Tiguan.
It is updated for 2023 with a new optional infotainment system, new advanced driver assistance systems, a few exterior enhancements, and new trim levels. The biggest changes are the addition of a sporty-looking ST-Line with black exterior trim, and optional new tech including a bigger infotainment screen, the ability to download over-the-air updates, and an automatic emergency braking system that is designed to detect pedestrians when turning corners.
In this video we are reviewing 2023 Model of The Ford Escape.
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First talk about Performance.
The Escape offers a wide range of powertrains, starting with a 181-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that can be had with either front- or all-wheel drive. To tackle competition in the form of the Honda CR-V hybrid and the Toyota RAV4 Prime, Ford offers two Escape hybrids—one of which is a plug-in—and those powertrains consist of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and two electric motors which combine to make 210-hp. The base turbo-three gas engine, while somewhat grumbly and unrefined, provides adequate acceleration and manages to motivate an all-wheel-drive Escape SE to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds; the plug-in hybrid model matches this result. Upgrading to the 250-hp turbocharged 2 liter four-cylinder is the compelling choice and is powerful enough to score a 5.7-second result in the same 60-mph test. Both gasoline engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission; the hybrids employ a continuously variable transmission.
The Escape’s cabin is handsomely styled and spacious for both front- and rear-seat occupants. Although there are some low-rent plastic panels in lower-end trims, the Escape’s ST-Line and Platinum models look and feel more premium. Textured cloth seat upholstery is standard, while the Platinum model receives convincing faux-leather seating surfaces as standard.
The Escape’s surprising spaciousness remains with plenty of room in front or back seats even for bigger passengers with longer legs. Headroom also remains plentiful even with the optional panoramic moonroof taking a few inches out of the overhead airspace.
The center console, gear selector knob, steering wheel, and other controls are largely unchanged. The base-model Escape gets a black interior, while other trim levels offer black or gray.
Behind the Escape’s rear seat is a capacious cargo hold that provides space for up to eight carry-on suitcases, which ties its crosstown rival, the Chevrolet Equinox.
While base models come with an 8 inch infotainment system, Active trim levels and higher can be optioned with a larger 13.2-inch touchscreen display. Both screens run Ford’s latest Sync 4 infotainment interface and offer Android Auto as well as wireless Apple CarPlay capability. The system accepts over-the-air updates and Ford says the Escape will automatically update itself so the owner doesn’t have to worry about using an outdated version of the software. A 10-speaker B&O Play audio system, in-dash navigation, a pop-up head-up display, and a 12.3-inch digital gauge display are all optional features.
Range and Charging.
The plug-in hybrid model carries an 11.2-kWh battery pack, which is good enough for an EPA-estimated 37 miles of electric-only driving.
According to the EPA, the turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder model with front-wheel drive offers the highest fuel economy estimates among non-hybrid Escape models. It’s rated for 27 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 30 mpg combined; adding all-wheel drive drops those numbers to 26 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, and 28 mpg combined. For those seeking the most efficient Escape, look no further than the plug-in hybrid model, which earns EPA fuel economy ratings as high as 44 mpg city.
The Escape gets standard AEB with pedestrian detection and blind spot warning, both of which are updated for 2023. Intersection Assist 2.0 is designed to avoid collisions with pedestrians while turning, while the BSW system will nudge the steering wheel if a driver continues an attempt to change lanes when the BSW warning light is on. Features such as adaptive cruise control (ACC) and a surround-view camera are optional.
Its estimated price starts at around $29,000.
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