Sometimes, buying a compact crossover can feel like a compromise. You’re getting the maneuverability of a smaller vehicle but you’re likely giving up interior roominess and cargo storage as a result. However, this isn’t the case with the 2013 Ford Escape SEL. The Detroit manufacturer has managed to craft a nimble machine that’s generous in size within the cabin—and it even offers peppy road performance, to boot!
This car may not be a heavyweight in a literal sense, but it is in a figurative one. It starts with its dimensions—178″ L x 72″ W x 66″ H. That isn’t huge relative to SUVs in other classes but it delivers a great amount of utility. If, for instance, you’re planning to pack up for a big cross-town move across Seattle, this Escape has your back. With all seats up, there are 34.3 cubic feet of storage to play with. However, if you fold the rear row down… bam! You’re looking at a maximum of 68.1 cubic feet of room.
The 2013 Escape SEL is a spirited road warrior, as well. You may not naturally associate a four-cylinder motor with power, but contemporary engines tend to surprise. This 1.6L thrills with 173 HP and 184-lb.-ft. of torque. Moreover, fuel economy is fantastic at an average MPG of 23 city / 33 highway.