Posts Tagged ‘2013 Ford Escape’
December 11th, 2012
Ford Motor Company has issued a recall for all model-year 2013 Fusion sedan and Escape crossover models fitted with the brand’s 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine. Certain operating conditions could lead the turbocharged four-cylinder to overheat and catch on fire while running, and Ford urges owners to park their vehicles and visit the dealer for a free rental car until the fix can be performed.
From Ford’s official press release:
“To fix the condition, Ford will make software updates to the cooling system of the 1.6-liter engine available in the SE and SEL models of the 2013 Ford Escape and 2013 Ford Fusion. The software updates will better manage engine temperatures during a unique overheating condition that could occur under unique operating conditions. The original cooling system design was not able to address a loss of coolant system pressure under certain operating conditions, which could lead to a vehicle fire while the engine was running.”
All told, the recall affects 89,153 Escape and Fusion cars. Only vehicles with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine option are included. This marks the fourth time the new-for-2013 Escape has been recalled, with three of those recalls to address separate fire risk issues related to the 1.6-liter EcoBoost.
Ford Recall Contacts
Find your local Ford dealer.
Check your VIN# here to see if your Ford is affected.
Ford Customer Service Hotline: 866-436-7332
NHTSA Auto Safety Hotline: 888-327-4236
July 30th, 2012
Ford has issued a voluntary worldwide recall on nearly 485,000 model-year 2001-2004 Ford Escape SUVs to fix a problem where the cruise control cable may snag on the plastic engine cover, causing the gas pedal to stick. Affected models include 3.0-liter V6 Escape SUVs (called the Maverick in some international markets) equipped with cruise control, with a recall on the near-identical Mazda Tribute likely to follow soon.
Ford says the problem may have resulted from an earlier recall to fix problematic accelerator cables. Nearly 600,000 Escapes and Tributes were recalled in 2004, and bending or moving of the cruise control cable could have happened during these recall repairs. The NHTSA has received 68 complaints to date about the new cruise control cable issue, including nine injuries and one death allegedly resulting from the problem.
This is the third Escape recall in less than two weeks, as 11,500 brand-new 2013 1.6-liter models were recalled to fix potentially fire-causing fuel lines, which could crack and leak gasoline leading to engine fires. Ford also recalled 10,000 2013 Escapes to fix a carpeting issue that could interfere with braking.
Whether your Escape is a 2001-2004 or a 2013, you should contact your local Ford dealer for info on the free recall repairs, or look up your VIN here to see if your vehicle is one of the affected models.
June 1st, 2012
Spring is turning to summer and it’s time for a glorious vacation along America’s 2.6 million miles of open roads. A summer road trip is the highlight of you and your family’s year but do the math with current gas prices and all of a sudden you’re looking at a scary proposition.
These five vehicles combine low base prices with enough space for small families to enjoy a great summer road trip. They are also five of the most efficient cars on on the highway, saving you bundles as you, yours and the kids enjoy the great outdoors this summer.
Longer summer vacations require a vehicle with a little more cargo space, and that the Jetta Sport Wagon is. Its 32.8 cu.ft. of cargo space with the rear seats in place bests compact SUVs, and the reliable turbodiesel engine in the TDI model returns truly outstanding efficiency. And 236 lb-ft. of torque means climbing the Rocky Mountains will be no trouble at all.
In all its configurations the spacious Cruze is one of the most-efficient vehicles on the market. Add the Eco package and you’ll get the best highway efficiency of any gas-powered vehicle around. Despite its small footprint and price point, the EPA actually classifies the Cruze as a midsize sedan, its rear seat plenty big even for taller teens.
Honda’s Civic is redesigned for 2012 and comes with the brand’s legendary reputation for durability and reliability. With the HF package it also returns 41 highway mpg while offering plenty of passing power for the open road and a handsome and well-designed interior. The rear seat may get a little tight for larger teens and adults so the safe and sure-footed Civic is a better road trip choice for younger families with small children.
The Elantra has great fuel efficiency and a larger interior than the Corolla or Civic with midsize interior room at a subcompact car price. The base GLS model, while missing some of the nice features of the upscale Limited, is the value buy among compact cars, leaving extra money for gas and lodgings this summer. The 10 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty helps with peace of mind.
It would be in error not to list any crossovers or SUVs here because for many families a sedan or hatch won’t fit the bill. The new-for-2013 Escape is a huge upgrade over the model it replaces with cavernous cargo space, plenty of high-tech features the kids will love and efficient yet powerful engine choices. The 1.6-liter EcoBoost model is the one to get for a winning blend of power and efficiency, bringing the highest highway mpg of any automatic transmission crossover or SUV.
April 23rd, 2012
Let’s face it: the last iteration of the Escape looked too much like its bigger brother, the 2010 Ford Explorer. That turned off many prospective buyers, and sales flat-lined. Fast forward to today and the all-new 2012 Escape pulls elements from the cool kid in the high-volume compact car class, the 2012 Ford Focus.
Ford’s 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine produces 178 horsepower, and does so efficiently, getting 33 highway mpg. That mpg is close to the top of the crossover class, losing only to the impressive Skyactiv-equipped 35-mpg Mazda CX-5. You’d expect a tradeoff in performance, but the EcoBoost 1.6 and 6-speed automatic with manual shift bring a peppy and willing daily driver.
Rear seats are not exactly huge, but are perfectly usable for average-sized adults. Cargo capacity is generous at 34 cubic feet, or 68 cubic feet with the rear seat flat-folded.
If you hanker for the latest in-car technology, Ford has you covered with SYNC with MyFord Touch. If you prefer a simply, more utilitarian approach to audio, opt for the lower trim levels. But let us warn you: once you sample the MyFord Touch system, you cannot go back to base model in car electronics–it’s that good.
Should you buy a new Escape? If you’re looking for a crossover with outstanding gas mileage, it deserves a test drive.
Out now, pricing starts at $22,795 for the base 2.5-liter, $25,395 for the 1.6 EcoBoost. Click here to learn more.
January 26th, 2012
The hotly anticipated 2013 Ford Escape is nearing its Spring 2012 release date, and we have preliminary pricing and options details. Ford’s new compact crossover is expected to reach 34-35 highway mpg with its most-efficient engine option, a 1.6-liter turbo EcoBoost four-cylinder. To help determine final pricing and options, Ford is asking those interested in the Escape to build their dream model in an online survey.
The base S trim will use a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, while the SE, SEL and top-of-the-line Titanium trims will be offered with two EcoBoost engine choices displacing 1.6 and 2.0 liters. Ford SYNC looks to be available on all trims, standard with the newly upgraded MyFord Touch on the higher trim levels.
Ford stresses that prices are subject to change, but here they are as listed. The base 2.5-liter S model should start at $22,970, with the lone option Ford’s voice-activated SYNC infotainment system for $295. A loaded Escape Titanium EcoBoost 2.0 AWD, with the optional Power Panorama roof, Parking Technology Package, Full Leather Seating, Navigation System and a Class-II Towing package tops out at $37,490.