We’re questioning the prices listed only because Ford advises us that “prices and features are for survey purposes only and are subject to change.” That said, experience tells us that they probably won’t change dramatically, which is why we’re comfortable in passing them along.
The least expensive 2013 Escape will be the S trim level, available only with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine driving the front wheels. The 2013 Escape S will start at $22,470, excluding options and destination charge.
Stepping up to the SE trim level gets you amenities such as Ford’s Sync infotainment system, and it also gets you the choice of two engines and two drivetrains. The least expensive SE model will be the front-wheel drive (FWD) version equipped with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, which starts at $25,070.
The same engine with all-wheel drive (AWD) in SE trim starts at $26,820. If you need more power, the SE also comes with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost option, priced at $26,165 in FWD and $27,915 in AWD.
Above the SE trim level is the SEL, which comes with MyFord Touch and leather-trimmed seating. Like the SE, it’s available in four variants of engine and drivetrain, starting with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost and FWD, priced from $27,870.
Opting for the 1.6-liter SEL with AWD will cost you $29,620, while the 2.0-liter in FWD starts at $28,965 and the 2.0-liter with AWD begins at $30,715.
Topping out the range is the Escape Titanium, which includes a premium audio system and a partial leather interior (in addition to leather-trimmed seats). Only the 2.0-liter engine is offered at this trim level, with the FWD version priced from $30,370 and the AWD variant starting at $32,120.
If you option out an Escape Titanium, it’s possible to cross the $37,000 price point. If that seems expensive for a non-luxury-brand crossover, keep in mind that a 2012 Escape Limited, when fully loaded, would have stickered at nearly $39,000.
If you’re looking for a new Escape Hybrid, however, you’re out of luck. Since the new Escape is more fuel-efficient throughout the model range, Ford has discontinued the Escape Hybrid with the current generation.