2013 Ford Escape vs. Its Competition

2013 Ford Escape FWD 4-door S Angular Front Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The second Ford Escape in history is a new take entirely on the crossover market--much more in line with the past decade of progress, as SUVs have gotten smaller, more efficient, more friendly.

The chief rivals for the Escape are the latest Honda CR-V, a makeover of the prior model with slightly better space and efficiency than before, much improved styling and infotainment features, and a unique fold-away second-row seat that's best in the class.

The Toyota RAV4 is the other big seller, and it's new this year--it's only offered with a four-cylinder engine, and it's not powerful, though it handles and looks better than in the recent past.

The newest Hyundai Santa Fe does double duty: the smaller Sport model pairs five seats with four-cylinder engines, while a stretched model adds two more seats and gets exclusive V-6 power.

The Escape also competes with the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage, smaller crossovers with very good gas mileage and in the Kia's case, fun turbo power.

Finally, the Nissan Rogue has athletic looks and a roomy cabin, but its CVT and four-cylinder drivetrain are sluggish and don't get particularly good fuel economy.

2013 Ford Escape FWD 4-door S Angular Front Exterior View2013 Ford Escape
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2013 Honda CR-V 2WD 5dr EX-L w/Navi Angular Rear Exterior View2013 Honda CR-V
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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
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2013 Kia Sportage2013 Kia Sportage
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2013 Nissan Rogue2013 Nissan Rogue
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2013 Toyota RAV4 EV FWD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View2013 Toyota RAV4
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Quick Specs
After eleven years, a change-up: the 2013 Ford Escape drops the faux-SUV pitch and reels off authentically athletic looks and performance.
The 2013 Honda CR-V hits all the right marks for cost-conscious families—with its interior layout and safety ratings both best-in-class—although it doesn't feel as sprightly as former CR-V models.
The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe splits its identity in two: the three-row ute goes V-6 only, while the five-passenger Sport leans on turbo power, a flexible second-row seat and a cushy ride to make its best case ever.
A rakish crossover with a 260-horsepower four on tap, the Kia Sportage reboots its image on a few levels all at once.
The 2013 Nissan Rogue may not have excitement in its corner, but its layout, features, and affordability make a lot of sense for smaller families.
The 2013 Toyota RAV4 excels at mass-market talents like gas mileage and interior room--but for turbocharged fun in a crossover, you'll have to look elsewhere.
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Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD2WD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle - 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleFWD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door S2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door Sport2WD 4-Door BaseFWD 4-Door SFWD 4-Door LE (SE)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleCrossover4 DoorSport Utility4 Door
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftManualContinuously variable ratioAutomatic
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