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2013 Mazda CX-5

2013 Ford Escape

  2013 Mazda CX-5 road test, Catskill Mountains, NY, April 2012 2013 Ford Escape FWD 4-door S Angular Front Exterior View
MSRP
$20,995
$22,470
Invoice $20,396 $21,178
MPG
City/Highway
25/35 21/33
Rating
7.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.0
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Bottom Line The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is an attractive and modern crossover with great handling and surprising space, but sluggish acceleration. Read Full Review After eleven years, a change-up: the 2013 Ford Escape drops the faux-SUV pitch and reels off authentically athletic looks and performance. Read Full Review
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Likes:

  • Smart, sporty styling
  • Excellent, neutral handling
  • Seating height halfway between car and truck
  • Good rear-seat space and access
  • Base Sport model decently equipped

Dislikes:

  • Engine lacks power when you need it
  • Hard acceleration gets noisy
  • Rear quarter vision minimal
  • Six airbags seems sub-par these days

Likes:

  • Tight new styling
  • Taut ride and handling
  • High estimated gas mileage
  • More useful cargo space
  • Abundant technology features

Dislikes:

  • Front end's awkward
  • Front-seat knee room
  • Are seats too firm?
  • MyFord Touch improved, not painless
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