Having recently been given the opportunity to test drive the 2013 Ford Escape Titanium, I’m going through a bit of withdrawl now that the review period is finished and this beauty no longer sits in my driveway.
The lift-gate on my van just sits there and stares at me stubbornly when I brush my foot under the bumper. Ugh.
Based on my experience, here are my top 5 reasons why the Ford Escape Titanium rocks:
1. As mentioned above and in many of my tweets, the hands-free lift gate on the Ford Escape really does make your life easier. It makes loading and unloading groceries a piece of cake.
A simple kick of your foot (with the key fob in your pocket or nearby) enables the lift gate to open with ease. This technology has also been tested by Ford to ensure random things like a scooting cat, bouncing ball, or inclement weather won’t cause the lift gate to open, so rest assured that you need to use your foot, with the key fob on you, in order to make this technology work. We watched others learn this the hard way at the Escape for the Day Event in Saskatoon last year when competitors in a lift gate competition didn’t have the key fob on them and tried to open it (#fail).
2. Looks baby. I had several people comment that the Ford Escape in my driveway and at school picking up the kids looked nothing like the Ford Escape they are used to. No more boxy truck-like style. The 2013 Ford Escape boasts a kinetic design – meaning that even when parked it’s sleek shaped design conveys motion. I think it conveys classy family automobile, but that’s just me.
3. The MyFord Touch System is something I’ve learned a lot about, from different perspectives, when attending Ford Trends conferences over the past few years. Ford is really proud of the technology and design that’s been put into this system and they’re working to make it better and better each model year.
I liked syncing my phone with ease but didn’t have the opportunity to test some really cool features like the ability for MyFord Touch to read text messages aloud. More features of SYNC with MyFord Touch can be found here
4. Active Park Assist is a lifesaver, though it’s scary to use for the first few times (especially if you’re a bit of a control freak like me). The technology here could have saved me countless hours practicing parallel parking for my driver’s license exam many years ago! If you’re like many of us, you loathe parallel parking and will drive around the block a few extra times to find a spot big enough to drive into, yes forward. Backing into a parking spot takes time, precision, and patience. Ford’s Active Park Assist gives you a hand, literally because you are hands-off! You still have to manage the brakes, which is where the scary part comes in because you have to allow the system to do it’s thing, while you do yours. Cooperation was never one of my strong points so I struggle with this a bit, but agree it’s a great feature to have.
5. The Intelligent 4WD System monitors traction and cornering conditions every 16 milliseconds and then automatically adjusts the torque where needed. This winter has been one with particularly heavy snow here in Saskatchewan and I can’t tell you how many cars I’ve seen hit the ditch or snowbanks within city limits. Driving the Ford Escape Titanium with my family put me at ease in heavy snow and icy conditions because I knew I had a system helping me navigate the road conditions.
Our family enjoyed checking out the 2013 Ford Escape Titanium. Though not as big as the Ford Explorer which gave us a third row for seating, the Escape would be ideal for families of 4 and perhaps families of 5 with at most a booster seat instead of the large car seat we still use for our toddler. The kids had no problem sitting in the backseat side by side, but for long road trips, I think I’d like the space in the Ford Explorer. For in town – school drop-offs and activities – the Escape was pefect!