Let’s get nostalgic for a second.  Chances are at some time in your life you’ve done it: the road trip. You’ve piled your stuff into a car and set off on some far-flung destination. It was hot, cramped, and you invariably got lost somewhere along the way.

Luckily, the modern road trip doesn’t have to be the painful experience it once was.  The 2013 Ford Escape has been purpose-built to make your travels a lot easier, and dare we say, more fun.  Here are a few reasons why:

1.    “Why don’t you just pull over and ask?!”

 Unless “getting lost” is a planned part of your adventure, it isn’t very much fun.  Enter your Escape’s available navigation system.  It’s loaded with features that’ll get you where you want to go in the shortest, fastest or most eco-friendly route.  The choice is up to you.

With turn-by-turn directions over the sound system, you can focus on enjoying the ride instead of the map.

2.  Road trip karaoke

It used to be that in order to have music on a long trip, your options were pretty limited:

  • Pack an extra suitcase of CDs and cassettes
  • Play with the radio tuner every half-hour to find a new station (and pray everyone likes it!)
  • Hope someone else in the car has a really good voice

Nowadays, we carry thousands of songs around in our pockets, but getting it into the car stereo requires cables, power adapters and a pretty solid tech background.

With the Escape’s available SYNC with MyFord Touch system, you can get everything pumping hassle-free on your awesome stereo system.

Pair your phone over Bluetooth, plug in your music player, or browse the hundreds of SIRIUS satellite radio channels, all from one simple system in your dashboard.  Or use voice commands to search and play your tunes.  Stop playing peacemaker, and start playing DJ.

3.  Keep your gear in check

Losing control of your vehicle, even for a second, is a frightening thing.  And if you’ve ever towed a trailer behind your vehicle, you may have experienced a moment where the two aren’t exactly moving together anymore.  This phenomenon is known as “trailer sway” and it can be a really dangerous situation.

Thankfully, the 2013 Ford Escape is ready to help keep you safe in this situation.  With optional Trailer Sway Control, your SUV can detect the problem before it becomes serious, and apply smart braking to the tires in need to bring everything back in sync.

Trailer Sway Control helps you keep your eyes where they’re needed: on the road ahead. Not the load behind.

4.  A third hand

Ever try to load up the trunk of your car only to realize you’re going to have to drop everything in your hands to open it?  It’s been proven by scientists to be “pretty much the worst thing ever.”

With the Escape’s available hands-free liftgate, you can solve this problem for good!  Just saunter up behind your ride and make a kicking motion under the bumper, and this SUV pops the back for you!  One more kick, and it closes down.  All without having to take your keys out of your pocket.

Problem solved.

5.  Less pit stops

We’ve put a lot of work into redesigning the 2013 Escape to go further on less.  With a more aerodynamic design and Active Grille Shutters, which automatically adjust themselves to minimize wind resistance, the Escape can do it all and then some.  But the real star here is your new EcoBoost engine.  Our engineers have been able to wrangle the performance of a V6 from a much smaller engine.

In fact, fuel efficiency for the 2.0L EcoBoost-equipped Escape is projected to be up to 30 per cent better than the outgoing V6 model. More power, smaller engine, and less gas. It’s the smarter way to drive.  So now you can plan your own personal “pit stops” ahead of time,

Check out the all-new 2013 Ford Escape online today at www.2013escape.ca.  While you’re at it, start planning your next adventure on the open road.

Costco is giving away a all-new 2013 Escape SUV to one lucky Costco member — and all it takes to enter the contest is a few seconds of your time. Just head to here, fill out the contest form and you could be on your way to owning the 2013 Escape. But you better hurry because the contest finishes Oct. 14, 2012.