Test Driving a 2013 Ford Escape

Test Driving a 2013 Ford EscapeThe good people at Ford Motor Company of Canada are putting me in a 2013 Ford Escape for a week. I just picked it up and it's pretty sweet.

Here she is partially loaded up for our camping trip. We depart Monday morning for The Pinery Provincial Park so I can literally unplug for a few days.

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Remember folks, Ford didn't receive a bailout. They survived the crisis on their own, and that says something. If my Mazda Protege ever gives out on me, I could see myself in a Ford... maybe a Ford Fusion Hybrid.

In the meantime, I'm looking forward to my week-long escape in the Escape.

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I drove one for just over a day this week. I think I liked the Taurus a little better (also drove that this week).

August 17, 2012 @ 1:35 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


That Taurus is a luxury car! (inside joke, y'all)

For fun, and to upset C.Q., here are the test drives I've done with Ford thus far:

August 17, 2012 @ 1:38 PM

Ryan G

That garage looks like a fantastic place to hide a body.

August 17, 2012 @ 2:53 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Ryan G

You've already seen too much.

August 17, 2012 @ 4:00 PM

Mike from Lowville

Mike, I wish more people thought like you did and would support the North American built vehicles. Why do people continue to buy cars made all over the world when there are great ones right here in our back yard?

August 17, 2012 @ 4:53 PM


I own two Fords. A 2012 Focus Titanium and a Flex Titanium although we are about to pick up a 2013 Escape Titanium. I'm a little biased though...

Enjoy the Escape. The hands free rear hatch sweeping motion is really cool.

August 17, 2012 @ 6:09 PM


Really Mike from Lowville? Look around...the Ford Escape is built in Louisville KY, and has already had two recalls for a fuel line leak, and a foot pedal clearance issue!...and its still 4 months from its actual model year. You have to look hard to find a vehicle, in these days of platform sharing that is unique. It is no longer about brand loyalty these days, consumer's want features and value that most North American vehicles do not provide. People buy cars from all over the world because that's where they are made now....World Wide!

August 17, 2012 @ 6:25 PM


Test drove an Escape and it was nice, but went with the Chevrolet Equinox in the end. It felt roomier and was less expensive. Also quite good on gas.

August 18, 2012 @ 11:18 AM

Digger (not the one above)

Digger (the one above, not me) makes a good point - the one about people buying cars from around the world because they are made around the world. No country or region has an outright claim to the "best" or worst cars. If you believe Consumer Reports, who feel that a car is an appliance just like a toaster, you would buy nothing but Toyota or Honda. Or Subaru (they're all "recommended"). JD Power's long-term quality survey clearly illustrates that "European" cars have, by quite a margin, too, the most quality issues.

People buy the vehicles that meet their needs. As a consumer, it is your role to buy the "best" vehicle that meets your needs. Anything less than that and you have not obtained the optimum for your hard-earned after-tax income.

Me? I need a mid-size four door car with room for two tall teenage sons who are still growing. Maybe I'll need full-size soon. I also need my car for my business. I refuse to buy any sort of truckish vehicle (don't need the capacity that would be a waste 99% of the time, don't want the lousy handling, sluggish acceleration and fuel consumption vs. a car).

I like Driving and prefer to be in full control of my car. My shopping list gets very short when one of my preferences, stick shift, is introduced. Since only about 3% of (North) Americans know how to drive a manual transmission car, the "Big Three" have had nearly exclusively automatic transmissions on all but their entry-level cars. I have a challenge coming when it is time to replace my (reasonably-priced/affordable/under $40,000) current 2006 model made-in-Indiana car, as it is no longer available in (North) America.

Buying a car because it is "domestic" is a reflection of ignorance. The two cars with the most domestic content (according to the U.S. government, who have a vested interest in the matter) are the Toyota Avalon (only available in North America) and Toyota Camry, both with around 70% "domestic" (NAFTA parts and/or assembly) content. Many of my neighbours are GM employees. Several of them have "Buy Domestic" license plate frames that also have the CAW local on them. I asked one of them (he's also a CAW rep) about his Chevy Equinox, with the made in China 3.4L V6. He was shocked. He had no idea. To his credit, a few weeks later he had a newer Equinox with an American-built V6.

To wrap this up - most people probably do not care anymore, let alone know, where their car is assembled or how domestic or not it is, and they shouldn't be buying based on that factor anyways, as it is irrelevant these days.

August 18, 2012 @ 11:22 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Let me get this straight....

There are two Diggers?

August 18, 2012 @ 11:24 AM

Digger (not the first one above)

I thought I was the only one. I've had that nickname since I was about six years old. Do you see the posting e-mail addresses?

To the other Digger - Vehicles can have the model year for which they meet the emissions, safety, etc. requirements. The actual year of introduction is irrelevant. That's why there were 2013 models on the market months ago. It was an old Detroit practice of introducing the new year models in September/October. That's long gone.

August 18, 2012 @ 1:13 PM

Digger (not the first one above)

Also to Mike's post and my comment above: I forgot to add power going to the rear wheels as one of my criteria. Power can go to the front wheels as well, but I want it going to the rear.

Ford makes a car that I would happily own. Unfortunately, it is only available in Australia and New Zealand - the Ford Falcon. (Go ahead and laugh as you remember the old American Falcon.) http://www.ford.com.au/cars/new-falcon/models Even better: http://www.fpv.com.au/ The FPV Falcon is the base for the V8 Supercar. If you've not seen a V8 Supercar race ("the best road race series in the world"), check one out on SPEED.

August 18, 2012 @ 1:19 PM


LOL - Let me get this straight - there is 3 of us? I would be the Digger, that used to play ball for the Sharks, against Mike, so many years ago.

August 18, 2012 @ 2:39 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Three Diggers? Holy shit!

I totally remember playing the Sharks back in the day. You were the Sharks, then the Etobicoke Sharks... I remember your pitcher.

We're still playing, in the Brampton Extreme Slo-Pitch league at the Powerade Centre. We're less jerky, now. :)

August 18, 2012 @ 2:42 PM

Digger (not the first one above)

I only count two - (now) Digger03 and me.

August 18, 2012 @ 4:54 PM



August 19, 2012 @ 12:44 AM

Mike from Lowville

@ Digger.....if you weren't so quick to jump all over my comment, you would have read NORTH AMERICA! The includes Mexico.
Oh, and no other domestics or import has EVER had recalls?

@Digger 2 not ignorance just know which side my breads buttered. Mustang is rear wheel......guess thats too much to handle.

August 21, 2012 @ 6:12 PM


It took him a while, but CQ posted about your free week with the car.

August 26, 2012 @ 10:31 AM


You might note that I intentionally delayed the topic. There's complaining about Ford Canada's Social Media inertia; and then there's putting innocent kids into potential harm's way.
Thanks for keeping up with my .25 blog.

August 26, 2012 @ 11:17 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I follow CQ's blog via Google Reader. I just saw the update: http://classicquarters.blogspot.ca/2012/08/ford-canadas-better-than-ultimate-road.html


Tell me once and for all, why do you have such a beef with the giveaways? I've put 10 years into this blog. These perks certainly didn't exist for the first few years....

If Ford Canada wants to put a long-time Toronto blogger in a car for a week, in the hopes that he'll write about the experience, that sounds like good marketing to me.

August 26, 2012 @ 2:11 PM


Once and for all:
I Do NOT have a beef with the giveaways themselves. Toronto Mike isn't even the primary 'target' in my objections. A few selective Mommy Bloggers get their freebies routinely.
I object to Ford Canada's use of a single blogger. Their continuing use of a Toronto Only blogger is a big letdown. Not even one other from across Southern Ontario was selected. That they are re-awarding to just a same, white, straight male is another part of my complaint. I have read within this past year of women, including minority women, being grateful of Ford Motor Co. of Canada's token gifts of a lousy Women's Conference Invitation, or for a rental given out during the middle of winter - as opposed to 8 or 9 summer or near summer rentals.
I resent that they further gave Mike a rink side invitation to a Season Opening Maple Leafs game VERSUS Montreal(!) as well, plus at least one other game and another downtown evening reception invite, within these past few years. Such a high demand NHL team sponsor's prize should be instead offered to any sick kid, local hockey youth, recent military veteran, or possibly someone that had raised $100,000 for a charity.
Perhaps they might have shown their social marketing kindness towards an actual customer that had also bought a lifetime of Ford Motor Company vehicles - possibly both from here and aboard, or one of their own ground-floor (union or non-union) employees at random.
They just gave Toronto Mike a free 2013 Escape rental. It is his 8th free new Ford Company vehicle rental of 5 summers (plus Sept.). They had yet to announce this very same free rental prize reward as it is still currently being advertised for a national contest winner. The winner is to be drawn, later than during this actual summer-time, from thousands of hopeful submissions made across all of Canada. And that winner will need to travel to Toronto for the national Ford Canada prize acceptance; the new model year rental won't be forwarded instead, part way towards any other requested Cdn. city.
Mike isn't entirely blameless. Everyone loves free stuff. But Mike should recognize when his own free 'ice cream cone' is being given with more than two choice-flavoured scoops, plus sprinkles, while so many others are getting nothing, or next-to-nothing.
Off-hand (and independently) I might first nominate James Bow (?) for one of those 8 free summer season car rentals. He is another well-educated family man multi-year blogger, yet from SW Ontario. He had organized a Blogging group [I had previously signed to years before] - as compared to Mike's own relative lack of an outreaching blogosphere presence beyond his own under-linked website. And Bow’s publicly mentioned blended ancestry also better reflects our modern day North America – at least compared to Ford Motor Company’s selection of the very same person, every single time. That is just one alternate, made off-hand as I stated. I would rather see a Western Canadian issued a free weekly NEW car rental and a prime season opener NHL or CFL game ticket before Ford Canada's lazy 3rd, 4th, and 5th summer return to its same ol' corporate home-base blogger. And I would also love to read of a Mommy blogger DRIVING, with her family and friends, rather than some of the Women’s Conference(s) shoe party stuff that was too often highlighted instead.

August 26, 2012 @ 6:09 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Looks like that contest includes $5000, a camera and trip to Toronto. Don't confuse my test drive with the contest. I just got the test drive.

And I wouldn't look at it like I was "selected". I have a long-time relationship with Ford, so the deal sort of auto-renews. I have no idea how many other bloggers have similar arrangements.

I'm sorry for being a straight white guy in Toronto... not much I can do about that. I know that's not why I get the car. Ford wouldn't care if I was a gay Martian.

In fact, I'll bet Ford would prefer it if I were a gay Martian.

August 26, 2012 @ 7:04 PM

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