2013 Ford Escape: Drive review
More sport in this compact SUV
What is it?
What is it like to drive?When driving the Focus we've used terms such as "well sorted," "good body control," and "fun to drive." Do those apply to the taller Escape? Well, it does drive more like a hot(ish) hatch than an SUV, that much we can say. It handles well. The suspension is taut, body control is fine (for an SUV), and there's an overall feeling of refinement not found in other small SUVs. We drove only the 1.6 EcoBoost and power was good--plenty for most buyers in this class. Perhaps most remarkable was the truck's quiet ride--there was only slight wind noise and road noise.
Do you want one?Ford says its research shows that 60 percent of new-car buyers will look at either a midsize car or small SUV. So there's a good chance that you could stumble on the more modern-looking, stylish new Escape in your shopping. If you're in the market for a small SUV, the new Escape is definitely worth a drive. We wouldn't necessarily have said that about the old one.
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