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Ford Escape
Overall Rating: 8.0
Bottom Line: After eleven years, a change-up: the 2013 Ford Escape drops the faux-SUV pitch and reels off authentically athletic looks and performance.

Change had to happen eventually for the Ford Escape, but we’re still getting used to the idea of just how radically different the 2013 Ford Escape is. For the most part, the rakish new design has hints of sport wagon within it and is a world away from the very boxy, upright look of its predecessor. Its taut handling and quick steering work well with the 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter EcoBoost four, and the entire lineup (free of V-6s now) gets impressive mileage. Good safety ratings also gave its review score a boost, while its tech-rich feature set is as good as many luxury-brand vehicles. On the other hand, the Escape is just a bit smaller inside than many of its competitors, and we’re still not big fans of the tall-Focus front-end styling.

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