2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape front 3/4 view

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape rear 3/4 view

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape front 3/4 view

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape rear 3/4 view

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape side view

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape front view

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape rear view

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape front detail

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape logo

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape headlight

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape lower grille

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape wheel

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape wheel

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape side mirror

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape taillight

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape badge

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape badge

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape rear fascia

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape engine

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape engine

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape engine

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape engine detail

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape interior

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape interior

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape interior

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape front seats

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape steering wheel controls

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape steering wheel controls

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape gauges

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape instrument panel

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape navigation system

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape phone display

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape audio system controls

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape shifter

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape shifter

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape rear seats

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape rear seats

  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2013 Ford Escape rear cargo area

It's that time of year again. Time for just about publication out there to come up with their Car of the Year winner, and Popular Mechanics is getting into the game for the first time with its Auto Excellence Awards. For its inaugural champion, the crew over at PM have named the 2013 Ford Escape as the Car of the Year.

The Ford snagged the top spot for its attributes like being roomy, fun and practical, and PM says that all of its editors had given it high marks in various categories. There is no indication as to what other contenders vied for the top spot, but the new Escape is definitely a strong new model that's showing handsome sales figures right out of the gate. That being said, the automotive landscape for 2013 is chock full of great vehicles, and we recently put the Escape up against the all-new Mazda CX-5 which squeaked out a win in our head-to-head crossover comparison.

In addition to Car of the Year, PM also had nine other categories for its Auto Excellence Awards which are listed below:

Fun to Drive – Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S
Performance – Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Hauling – Ram 1500
Luxury – Cadillac ATS
Design – SRT Viper
Versatility – Nissan Pathfinder
Technical Innovation – Tesla Model S
Value – Hyundai Elantra GT
Fuel Efficiency – Toyota Prius c


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 42 Comments
      mikeybyte1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I went through the PM web site on their Car of the Year awards and they don't give you much info on what they used for criteria or anything. Which is disappointing given that this is their first year ever doing this.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        • 2 Years Ago
        [blocked]
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      bubba_roe
      • 2 Years Ago
      The front end on this thing is terrible.
      Alex
      • 2 Years Ago
      Isn't this the same vehicle recalled several times around its release for parts that would cause it to burn to the ground? The recommend owners to not drive them until it was fixed. Also the new Nissan Mallfinder is a disgrace to what the Pathfinder once was.
        Dean Hammond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alex
        Alex...exactly how many Escapes did in fact burn to the ground?.....
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      The editorial staff at PM doesn't read autoblog. 5-7 recalls since introduction? I know two Escape owners, and actually they are quite happy. Just an odd choice given the early ruckus.
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Drakkon
        5-7 recalls? There were three, and one of the three recalls affected less than 40 vehicles. There were 0 accidents, 0 fires, and 0 deaths related to them in total. Let's not get carried away.
          Dean Hammond
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          well not getting carried away would be anti-social on a bloge pertaining to a Domestic garnering ANY praise Merlot.
        Dean Hammond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Drakkon
        Drakkon, its only people like yourself that focus solely on the negative then proceed to blow it out of proportion, only a small % of cars were affected and the issues were dealt with in a manner reflective of how important handling even the smallest issue has become...one can thank another rather large manufacturer for how expediently potential issues are dealt with...but in the meantime theres those that still cry wolf.....
      Temple
      • 2 Years Ago
      You know, as the first Popular Mechanics award for this, I would have expected them to pick something more interesting like the Tesla.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Temple
        [blocked]
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      rollie
      • 2 Years Ago
      I bought my wife a new 2010 Escape. She loves it. We looked at the 2013's.....if I wanted a Hyundai or a Kia, I could get one for 8K less. I can't tell the difference. The older body style was more to my/wife's liking. Looks like we'll see what else is out there. It will be interesting to see how this thing sells. I know at least one sale they will not make.
        WillieD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rollie
        You can get a new Sportage for $14,500? I'd love to see where you found that deal.
          Antonio
          • 2 Years Ago
          @WillieD
          Shouldn't be too hard after the new they lied about their mileage.
      Yoshi
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Mazda CX-5 looks like a taller Mazda3... in a good way. The new Escape looks like a taller Focus... in a terrible way. I guess if you overlook the styling and numerous recalls, the new Escape is a great ride, albeit priced out of any sort of value consideration. I do like that they've chosen a more mainstream car as their COY winner. The Tesla S is certainly an innovative car and should be regarded as such, but at a $100,000 price tag it's irrelevant to the vast majority of people who buy cars.
        Dean Hammond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yoshi
        sales numbers dont reflect your own personal preference yoshi....sorry, and the car starts at $23295 MSRP and a nicely equipped SE with 1.6 eco has an MSRP of just over $25k....from then on in one picke their OWN poison on what options they deem necessary.....
      David
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the Elantra GT is an excellent pick for value for the money.
        Antonio
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David
        Elantra GT. huge discounts already.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David
        [blocked]
      Mike M
      • 2 Years Ago
      Better than the Motor Trend list
    • Load More Comments
    Advertisement
    2016 Ford Escape
    MSRP: $23,450 - $31,485
    2015 Ford Escape
    MSRP: $23,450 - $31,485
    2014 Ford Escape
    MSRP: $23,100 - $30,850
    2013 Ford Escape
    MSRP: $22,470 - $32,120
    2012 Ford Escape
    MSRP: $21,440 - $28,120
    Advertisement