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Day by Day Review: 2013 Ford Escape SE 4WD car test drives ford daily car reviews
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It’s been out for a while now, but this is the first time I’ve had a close look at the new 2013 Ford Escape. This is also my first chance to drive this redesigned version of the best-selling compact crossover in Canada.

Some are glad to see the boxy shaped Escape leave our landscape (at least on the new car lot), while some liked its more rugged and purposeful look. Either way the new Escape is here to stay, with a global platform, new engines (gone is the V6, replaced with small turbocharged powerplants) and a new more modern and rounded design.

Day by Day Review: 2013 Ford Escape SE 4WD car test drives ford daily car reviews
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My tester for the week is an SE model with most of the upgrades. The SE comes standard with the new 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine that outputs 178 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The SE is available with both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, and my tester is equipped with the latter. Also, my tester is nearly fully loaded, with an optional $2,300 equipment group that adds leather, heated seats, 10-way adjustable driver’s seat, heated side mirrors, SYNC with MyFord Touch and much more.

Also present in my tester is navigation, the panoramic vista roof and a power liftgate. Oddly, what’s missing in this package and not available unless you jump up to SEL, are backup sensors, a reversing camera and the much advertised “kick” feature to open rear tailgate.

MSRP as tested (including destination): $35,899

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