Automatic parallel parking. That’s really all I have to say. I’d never driven a car with it before and was pretty freaked out just letting the wheel turn without my hands on it – trusting the sensors to do a better job at parking than I can. (As if, I thought. Then I ate my words). Of course it was far better than my typically feeble attempts (don’t tell the people who organize these things). Our 2013 Ford Escape Review is very positive.
Escaping for a day was pretty fun and I enjoyed the experiences with the vehicle. Trying to load tetris blocks row-by-row into the hatch while wearing stilettos and trying to follow an instructional map was quite the sight for those around me. I ‘won’ with the worst score. Oh, and the dragon boating in heels. (I have an excuse. I was hosting an event that evening)..
Most impressive as a Mom was the ‘ronde de jambe’ move. If you’ve taken ballet (or French) you’ll interpret this as ‘swing your leg in front of you’. Kick underneath the rear bumper and Volia! The back hatch opens. Seriously. So now you can carry a baby, 4 grocery bags, a purse and be on the cellphone and still open the hatch. Actually you could probably sort your mail too. You’re a Mom after all.
The tetris block loading demonstrated the immense amount of space in the Escape, but even better? The drive course showed us the versatility and safety of the vehicle. I’d never pushed the pedal to the metal. And I’ve only ever gotten one speeding ticket in my life (not my fault really. Only my fault that I couldn’t talk myself out of it.). So when tasked with driving around pylons, breaking to a dead halt and going as fast as I could into a turn I was a tad nervous. And I’d chosen the wrong footwear too. (For racing a Ford Escape on a speedway anyway.) My drive partner Emme Rogers and I were tentative at first, and then, well, not so much. It was exhilarating. She got in a bit of trouble for taking out way too many pylons though.. I’ve never been able to test the limits of a vehicle and wow. The Escape can take it all. Even the stilettos. It stopped on a dime. Maneuvered like a part of my body. Cornered like Lightning McQueen in the Piston Cup race. I was channeling him.
What I liked about the 2013 Ford Escape:
1. Parking Assist. Ok I LOVED it.
2. Storage space in the hatch is amazing for families
3. Exterior look is sleek, sporty and refined
4. the Push button start allows moms to keep the key in their purse without rooting around the toys and cherrios to find it
5. Eco-consciousness: carpets produced from a blend of post-consumer and post-industrial polyester fibers derived from recycled plastic bottles and sound absorption materials made partly from recovered jeans and t-shirts.
6. The LIFTGATE – so incredible for Moms it needs to be capitalized. Swing your foot underneath and it opens.
7. SYNCing with MyFord Touch – you say commands to change temperature, dial and deal with the music. No. It won’t give you a massage.
8. I heard about the turbocharged something or other and torque mumbo jumbo in the Escape. It sounded like another language albeit very impressive. Here’s what their website says. If you know what it means please tell me in the comments. “Ford’s 2.0L I-4 EcoBoost™ delivers a broad, flat torque curve with maximum torque through the powerband for sustained acceleration. The turbocharger has been “right-sized” to deliver the power of a V6 so there’s more power off the line, with the fuel efficiency of a four-cylinder — meaning fewer stops for gas.” Je ne comprend pas.
9. There’s a sporty spoiler. As in – Spoil-Her.
10. The panoramic Vista roof extends right into the back seats, so that your kids will stop fussing as they look up.
This is a vehicle that hugs the road, handles beautifully and gives sporty parents ample space. Loved it.