2013 Ford Escape First Drive Review: Pricing and Trim Levels
Assembled in Louisville, Ky., the 2013 Ford Escape is offered in four trim levels (S, SE, SEL and Titanium) with a starting price of $22,470. Although the Escape SE will be the high-volume model with Ford expecting it to account for 60 percent of sales, we spent most of our time in the top-of-the-line 2013 Ford Escape Titanium 4WD. This model of the new Escape has a starting price of $32,120 (about $4,000 more than the range-topping 2012 Escape Limited 4x4), but tack on all the extra goodies and the as-tested price jumped to $35,630... not even fully loaded. Ford has previously stated that its transaction prices will be higher as it focuses on improving quality and technology and being a class leader rather than just being the most affordable vehicle of the bunch. Along with the higher prices, Ford says each of the new Escape trim levels now include more standard equipment, but it still might be a hard pill to swallow for some seeing a fully loaded Escape maxing out at $38,000.