2012 4 paired phone. Simple graphics andfast touch-screen responses make it easy to control a cellphone, entertainment, navigation and climate onthe eight-inch LCD screen. An LCD screen in the gaugecluster, five-way controls on the steering wheel and a media hubwith class-exclusive dual USB ports all add to the futuristic feel of the vehicle. But in the 2013 Ford Escape, the future

is now. The Navigation System includes a six-months trial subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Drivers also can check fuel prices at area gas stations, check local and national weather, get alertson traffic-related incidents, receive alternate route suggestions, and muchmore.Turn-by-turn directions are offered in the choices of fastest, shortest or

eco route. The system recognizes thousands of voice commands, including everythingfrom“ five-day weather forecast”to “ destination

nearest park.” FordSYNC also recognizes your phone and transfers your contacts to support voice calling. It also plays music from your phone, MP3, USB or iPod. In fact, any device with Bluetooth capability can stream audio. Just activate the controls on the steering wheel and say thingslike, “ Call home”or “ Play play-list:

country favorites.” The technological offerings continue with active park assist, which parallel parks the vehicle without the driver lifting a finger. Also offered is a

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Blind Spot Information Systemwith cross-traffic alert, designed to scan for vehicles approaching from either side and warning the driver with a sound, message center warning and an amber light in the corresponding

sideview mirror. An interesting contrast to all this technology is the fact the 2013 Ford Escape has parts which are made from recycled materials. About 25recycled 20-ounce plastic bottles go into the carpeting on each vehicle. Over 10 pounds of scrap cotton from jeans,sweaters, T-shirts and the like are turnedinto sound-absorption material which keeps the Escape quiet inside. Recycled tires are used to create the climate control gasket. The wheel arch liners and aero shields are made with

recycled plastics. The 2013 Ford Escape test driven at Mike Burkart Ford was listed as being Ginger Ale Metallic in color. Standard features included a blind spot mirror, halogen headlamps, fog lamps, privacy glass, ice blue lighting in the dashboard and an engine

block heater. Ford providesa three-year, 36,000-mile bumper to bumper warranty onthe all-new 2013 Ford Escape, plusa five-year, 60,000-mile powertrain and roadside

assistance plan. People can get in the seat of a 2013 Ford Escape for somewhere in the rangeof $ 27,000to $ 30,000, depending on options. Take one for a test drive at Mike Burkart Ford