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2023 Ford Escape Features Four Lights Within Headlight Cluster

The refreshed 2023 Ford Escape was revealed a little over a month ago sporting a host of new or revised features – most notably, edgy new styling when compared to the more curvy, outgoing model. The front fascia, more specifically, is quite a bit different, with slim headlights flanking an oval-shaped grille that are joined by a light bar that spans the gap between them. As it turns out, the 2023 Ford Escape headlights tout some more interesting details too, as Ford Authority confirmed with Blue Oval engineers during the crossover’s debut event.

The 2023 Ford Escape features a grand total of four different lights within its headlight cluster – daytime running lights/signature lights (DRLs) at the top, in addition to the aforementioned LED light bar. It’s also equipped with primary headlights on the outer edge of the cluster, high beams in the middle, and bending lights (which move while the vehicle is turning) inside the edge of the headlight cluster. It is worth noting that these four lighting elements are not standard on all trims, even though LED headlights are, however – just the ST-Line Elite and Platinum, while the four-element headlights are also optional on the plug-in hybrid as part of the PHEV Premium Package.

In addition to this new headlight design, the 2023 Ford Escape also debuts a brand new trim level lineup derived from customer feedback consisting of the Base, Active, PHEV, ST-Line, and Platinum. While the plug-in hybrid becomes its own entity, the Active and ST-Line are brand new, with the ST-Line being offered in three different trims of its own – ST-Line, ST-Line Select, and ST-Line Elite.

Inside the cabin, the 2023 Ford Escape offers a standard 8-inch infotainment screen or a larger 13.2-inch unit that’s optional on Active, ST-Line, ST-Line Select, and PHEV trims, as well as standard on the ST-Line Elite and Platinum. Both screens run Sync 4 with standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel cluster is also available. While it utilizes Ford’s fully-networked vehicle architecture, BlueCruise is not available on the refreshed crossover, while it has experienced rather modest price increases compared to the outgoing model.

We’ll have more on the 2023 Escape soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Escape news and 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. EcoBoost29579

    Anyone wanna bet that the IIHS only gives its top rating to trims with these fancy headlights and the others get a “poor” rating?
    “Customer feedback” determined these ridiculous new trims? WHAT customers? The old trims were fine, thank you very much, and the new ones are absurd. Must have asked employees only.

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    1. RWFA

      Customers say give us this, that, and/or the other thing all the time, and OEMs also have their own ideas about how to freshen the line to make it responsive to what the competition does or what suppliers have suggested, and what has been learned to increase from customer buying patterns, as well as warranty and gross profit from past offerings.

      Then always some blockhead appears and says, we don’t trust you to do what’s best for the long term sustainability of your product: Don’t change anything! Things will be fine because they were fine.

      Just me my plow and buggy whip!

      Ps and why shouldn’t the rating system withhold top ratings from vehicles without better lighting or some other advanced safety features? If you have been watching IIHS for more than 5 minutes, you would know that the top ratings are aspirational, designed to encourage the inclusion of newer safety tech and to honor the models that do so.

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  2. Drew Ford Retiree

    Hate, hate, hate the new trim designations and equipment levels 🥴😞

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  3. Becky

    Ford needs a greater focus on how they are going to get these orders out the door. 10 months and still waiting with no word.

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    1. Barbara DeMarco

      We gave up on the Maverick we ordered a year ago November, bought a 2022 Escape off the lot( has a lot of bells and whistles we don’t need) but I do love driving it, even if I have no Idea what half the buttons do😊

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      1. RWFA

        Try reading the owners manual, you will find out many useful things.

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    2. RWFA

      How do you know that new trim levels are not part of a larger plan to improve logistics and production scheduling?

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  4. Harvey

    My 2022 Escape PHEV ordered in April was converted to a 2023 order in September. I received a build date for January 7 then 2 days later was pushed back to January 30th. Probably not going to see the car until March or April. Considering the significant price increase from a 2022 PHEV to a 2023 PHEV and the possible loss of the federal tax credit with changes effective January 1st, I don’t know if I take delivery or cancel. Without a Ford Customer Satisfaction Private offer for my 2022 unfilled order and/or qualification for the tax credit, the difference in my net price would be $10,000 more than if they had delivered my 2022 PHEV in 2022.

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    1. SEO

      you do know the tax credit is not an instant discount off the price right? it doesnt just subtract 7500 off MSRP if you purchase it outright

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      1. RWFA

        That’s currently true; it’s a credit you get off your federal income tax. But starting January 2023, the savings comes off price at POS.

        (Caveat emptor: Just be mindful of the production source requirements and income limits come January, 150k$/yr if single filer, 300k$ if joint, and 225k$ if head of household.)

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        1. Bob

          I think you’re wrong about the tax credit becoming point of sale in January 2023. That’s scheduled for 2024 from all I’ve read.

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  5. Laura

    “Look at all these cool things. You can only look online because we don’t actually have the supply chain to build quality production items.”
    I have an Escape PHEV on order. Have had it on order for months. Only emails I get are the “We haven’t started building your car but we will. We promise.”

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    1. RWFA

      Realistically, what more do you want given the current situation?

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  6. Matt

    Hundreds of LEDs in the front end, yet Ford hasn’t offered two extra LEDs for mirror turn signals since the 2020 Escape Titanium, or any approach lamps at all since 2019?
    And Escapes in Mexico still get power-folding signal mirrors with approach lamps?
    And the US doesn’t?
    And amber rear signals also went buh-bye for 2023?
    So did my order.

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  7. Walter Thomas

    I don’t understand why this needed attention as if this is ground breaking or so innovative. There are so many vehicles on the road with advanced lightning, that which the Escape or any other Ford or Lincoln have. What is something interesting about Ford that needs recognition? Let’s talk about better quality products that can still hold up past 10 years. Let’s talk about better designs that are actually All-New unlike the foolishness that Ford considers All-New. The F-150 is still a 2015 but refreshed. The 2024 Mustang is still a 2015, but refreshed. All-New means a complete overhaul.

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