Hi, I just bought a used 2013 Ford Escape 1.6L 4WD and just had the overheating problem happen to me on a cold start in the morning.
You should check at your local Ford dealer to see if the previous owner had the recall work done on the vehicle. The 2013 with the 1.6 engine had some overheating issues. Here is a link to an article on the Ford website Ford Produces Fix in Voluntary Safety Recall of 2013 Escapes, 2013 ... - Press Release. I also believe there was a second major recall for the overheating that involved some changes to the cooling system.