The Redesigned 2013 Ford Escape: Great New Look or Losing Some of Its Former Self ?

When first looking at the redesigned 2013 Ford Escape, I couldn’t help but wonder if it was an Escape at all. With a more rounded European design and what looks like a longer chassis, Ford states that they are looking to be more competitive in the mid-sized SUV market. As the humble consumer, I reviewed the SUV and found two clear bright spots and two clear dark spots:

Bright spots: The new Escape includes a host of new features including the “kickable” lift gate that opens hands free and a body that is 10% more aerodynamic than previous models. In addition, the Escape has a great fuel economy that gets over 28 miles per gallon. Clearly, any SUV that makes my life easier and saves me money at the pump gets a thumbs up in my book.

Dark spots: The new Escape however, doesn’t look like a light truck anymore. While this may not bother some, others like the fact that their SUV does not look like a van or car. While this dark spot is a mere cosmetic preference, a possible purchaser must make sure they don’t mind the change.

The new features and fuel economy for the 2013 Ford Escape are undeniable and appealing. Time will tell however, if the American consumer will warm up to the SUV’s new looks.

What do you think of the redesigned 2013 Ford Escape?