2013’s The Bad 8 – Ford Escape Titanium AWD

FORD ESCAPE TITANIUM AWD

Generally speaking, the second-generation Ford Escape’s deficiencies are minor. It’s perhaps a bit small in the back. The user interface isn’t the most intuitive. Styling, though clean and classy enough, is cute where it should be muscular. 

2013 the bad 8 logoOverall, the efficient powertrains and modern on-road dynamics are more than enough to make the Escape one of the two most popular utility vehicles in North America. At $27,780 USD, the front-wheel-drive Escape SEL is priced nicely, too.

However, Ford wanted the Escape to cover all bases, even the base where Lincoln should reside. From a low of $22,470, the Escape can climb to $32,945 before options. With White Platinum paint, a panoramic roof, full leather, and Ford’s famed parking technology package, the all-wheel-drive Escape Titanium is a $38,235 vehicle in the United States, just $1310 less than Lincoln’s MKX. In Canada, a loaded Titanium AWD Escape costs $42,999, 12.5% more than it does in the U.S. despite the fact that a basic Escape costs less in Canada.

Premium badging isn’t everything in this world, not when you can have a mainstream brand vehicle with ridiculous levels of equipment. But the idea of a $35,900 Audi Q5, $38,500 BMW X3 xDrive28i, $37,090 Mercedes-Benz GLK350, or a roomy $39,310 Lexus RX350 has me questioning the appeal of a $38,235 Escape. I’ve managed to do the parking myself so far. And in the future, I’d rather park a Q5 than have an Escape park for me.

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Alternatives: The $30,275 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.0T AWD comes to mind. For customers who feel they should be spending $40K on a new crossover, more space and superior refinement can be enjoyed elsewhere, even inside a Ford showroom.
Base USD/CAD Price: $32,945 / $37,499
It Sucks, But… You can have an Escape and spend a lot less. That’s good news for Blue Oval fans.
Sales Stats: The Escape is routinely Canada’s best-selling SUV, month after month. In the U.S., the Escape generally ranks as the first or second-best-selling SUV.