The 2013 Escape will soon arrive in dealerships, and it appears Ford has quite a few excited buyers waiting in the wings. The Detroit Free Press reports that Ford already has about 8,000 pre-sales in-hand before buyers have even had the chance to drive the handsome crossover.

That's good news for Ford for obvious reasons, but the new Escape is going to need all the sales it can muster. That's because the current Escape, which dates all the way back to 2001, has been one of the most consistently hot-selling Ford vehicles ever made. For reference, Ford managed to sell 22,679 units in March – enough to make those 8,000 pre-sales seem like the first few drops in a very large, very important bucket. In fact, in 2012, the outgoing Escape is already ahead of its 2011 sales pace by nearly 3,000 units.

At this point, it's difficult to project whether the new Escape will be able to surpass sales of the outgoing model, but we are pretty sure Ford will achieve higher transaction prices. The departing CUV features a hoard of cash incentives, but the new model features pricey options and a top-of-the-line Titanium trim model that can crest $37,000 with options. Speaking of pricing, Ford has finalized the numbers and options on its Escape configurator since we first told you about it in January, and you can check it out here.


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      mustsvt
      • 2 Years Ago
      I bought a 2002 Escape and currently own a 2006 Escape and have had great luck with them. They have been great family vehicles and have been great tow vehicles for our lightweight camper. As much as it pains me, I hate the new Escape. The front is too much like a Focus, they are a lot more expensive, and from the rear and especially the side their styling screams Japanese crossover especially CRV. Ford needs to realize there is a market for traditionally styled 'utes. I will not be buying my third Escape.
        Jesus!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mustsvt
        Thank you that is exactly what I was saying. Apparently Dean works for Ford and has some excuse for every Ford mess up. I am a Ford man but I have learned to call bs/crap/flop on Ford when it is due. This Escape flat out sucks.
      Anon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am a bit disappoint that you can get the Titanium interior in any color you want as long as it's black...
        Jesus!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Anon
        Yeah that annoys me too. Ford has a bad habit of that lately to save money...limit interior colors, make tons of black dashes, it sucks. Those fools need to spend a summer in Houston with a black interior car and see how they like it. Thank God the Taurus I just bought for my gma has tan/brown interior!
          Dean Hammond
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jesus!
          color me confused on the option of Leather or PARTIAL leather???????? seriously Ford.....and agreed, you NEED a lighter interior as an option....
      David
      • 2 Years Ago
      Probably a good first attempt, but the 1.6L Ecoboost/6MT combination from the new Fusion would hit the sweet spot in this too-heavy version of the Kuga. Like GM, Ford is counting on marketing to do what engineering should have and could have done instead. "Trust me, you'll like it" is no substitute for, "Wow, I've gotta have it."
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not surprised, but the styling doesn't work as well here as it does on the Focus. I like the last Escape and Kuga better.
      ELG
      • 2 Years Ago
      any word on fuel economy yet?
      ilikedags
      • 2 Years Ago
      mpg?
      whofan
      • 2 Years Ago
      The current Escape is unique. This is not. Ford should be careful to not put the same face on all its vehicles. Thats called painting yourself in a corner. Mean while the Jeep Wrangler keeps on selling with its 70 year old styling. How about a new Bronco Ford?
      tipdrip215
      • 2 Years Ago
      No surprise here. I'm sure grocery moms are flocking to it in droves because of the more feminine rounded styling.
      Radioactive Flea
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yes, until they realize it is smaller, slower and more expensive then the outgoing model.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        Right since the 4cyl versions and 200hp V6 are fast. You can get this with a 240hp turbo 4. I think it has enough power. And have you seen a new one in person. I doubt it's much smaller since the current Escape is pretty small.
      Zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      $37,000!! And I thought a $27k fully loaded Focus was expensive. Suddenly, a $45-50k 328i sounds cheap.
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        But you need to remember you're comparing a fully loaded SUV with 4WD, panoramic sunroof, etc. to a base 3 series with leatherette seats.
          That Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          It's still a damn Escape. A cheap, throw away SUV. Just like a Taurus is still a Taurus and a Focus is still a Fiocus. All everyday, basic transportation. And all severely overpriced...like all the new Ford appliances.
          Muttons
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          Whoops, he used the word "appliances"! I'd recognize that smarmy, annoying, anti-Ford cynicism anywhere regardless of his screen name! HI MATT! You know, maybe if you actually gave regular, objective opinions on a variety of automobiles instead of endlessly bashing cars based solely on their brand (Ford), people would take you seriously. Instead, everyone sees you for the hate-filled, illogical troll you are. Hope things are happy and cozy under your bridge today!
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          Well if you compare a 2wd Escape Titanium to a 2WD X1 they're priced about the same (Escape is $400 less) except the Escape is practically the same size as the current X3 so you're talking about an X1 costing more despite being much smaller. If you want a fully loaded Ford with options that you can't get on its competitors it's going to command near-luxury prices. Without Mercury in the way and Lincoln moving upscale there's nothing wrong with that (especially because the people who speak with their wallets have no problem paying the kind of money Ford is asking).
          tsifubar
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          I'd rather drive a base 3 series than the overweight SUV. That being said, I'd have taken the aforementioned focus over most SUVs.
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2012/03/ford-explorer-rich-people-luxury-new-model-ny-auto-show/1
      • 2 Years Ago
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      carwatcher
      • 2 Years Ago
      sorry ford... for but the price is too high and the star trek interior is unbearable
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