The previous generation Ford Escape was a workhorse for Ford. Big enough, boxy, relatively inexpensive and reliable, Ford was faced with increasing competition with the newer, edgier (no pun intended) styles from Hyundai, Kia and even Honda with its new CR-V. To say the 2012 Escape looks dated is an understatement.
Mazda, on the other hand, didn’t sell many Tributes. Engineered from the Escape platform back when Ford and Mazda’s marriage resulted in shared platforms, Tribute was all but invisible on the roads.
Enter the 2013 Escape, bringing a final piece to the totally re-worked Ford lineup. Enter the 2013 CX-5, a vehicle that will do Mazda proud.
I previewed the Escape at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, and the CX-5 in Toronto. CR-V and the now dated RAV4 need to look out.
Being in one of the most competitive segments means a high cost of entry. These vehicles are very well equipped, but have their own personalities.
Let’s look at equipment shared with each vehicle. The heart of the lineups will be the CX-5 in GS trim, and the Escape SE:
Pretty comprehensive, now look at the equipment differences:
And, the rest of the story:
CX-5 is very well equipped; so is Escape. Given the platform sharing, you would expect that each vehicle would be very close in standard equipment and overall value. You can see from the equipment differences that Ford concentrates on performance with more horsepower and torque. Connectivity of the vehicle and the occupants with amenities such as Sync, satellite radio is also emphasized. Mazda is focused on the interior atmosphere with features like the moonroof, illuminated vanity mirrors, more shoulder room and hip room.
Surprisingly, Ford isn’t currently offering a hybrid Escape. Hail a cab in New York, and you’ll likely be picked up in an Escape hybrid. Mazda has its Skyactiv technologies, which is really code for ‘we don’t have a hybrid’.
These two vehicles are fraternal twins in the hottest market segment. Soon, we’ll post them up against their competition, and see how they do against CR-V and the all-new Santa-Fe Sport.