The Ford Escape has been securing its place as an SUV leader since the turn of the 21st century. Bold and intensely robust, it latches on to what drivers desire, while smartly emancipating itself from typically unpopular SUV attributes.
2014’s Escape is a chip off the 2013 block, and understandably so. Fans were so wowed by the latter’s design updates that Ford recognized they had a good thing going. The ’14 Escape is a prevailing force in the SUV division.
The Escape did not undergo any major overhauls in 2014. Its styling is both contemporary and stately, while technology offerings are current. Fuel economy continues to reign supreme in the crossover SUV dimension.
There are five trim levels available:
· S 4dr Front-wheel Drive (22/31 mpg)
· SE 4dr 4x4 (22/30 mpg)
· SE 4dr Front-wheel Drive (23/32 mpg)
· Titanium 4dr 4x4 (22/30 mpg)
· Titanium 4dr Front-wheel Drive (23/32 mpg)
Bold, powerful, and exuding charisma, each model year of the Ford Escape brings to life the look drivers love. The 2014 edition is no different. Its sporty, aggressive stance is a reminder of why this vehicle has achieved iconic status.
The Escape’s exterior comes equipped with covered steel wheels, black plastic trim accents, remote keyless entry, and a rear window defroster. Also included in the basic model are variably intermittent windshield wipers and a rear window wiper. Additionally, drivers can take comfort in knowing there’s a low tire pressure warning system. A power lift gate activated by waving a foot under the rear bumper is a unique optional feature. Other upgrades include a trailer hitch receiver and dual exhaust.
When it comes to drivability, the Escape also has much to offer. It is a class leader in terms of fuel economy and horsepower, and it is easy to control.
The interior of the 2014 offers a remarkable combination of premium fabrics, high-tech equipment, and sophisticated design. Though the cabin is less spacious than those of counterparts, the Escape compensates for this with unparalleled quality.
Standard interior features include a six-speaker audio system, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, as well as power front windows, and MP3 integration. A tilt/telescoping steering wheel and an automatically dimming rearview mirror are also incorporated into the base model Escape.
Upgrades include a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, a blind-spot warning system, and an 8-inch touchscreen display. Drivers can also reap the benefits of navigation and Sync systems, as well as four-wheel drive and parallel parking assist.
· 168 hp @ 6,000 rpm
· 170 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
· EPA estimated highway/city mpg: 22/31
· 178 hp @ 5,700 rpm
· 184 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm
· EPA estimated highway/city mpg: 23/33 (FWD), 22/30 (AWD)
· 4-cylinder 240 hp @ 5,500 rpm
· 270 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm
· EPA estimated highway/city mpg: 22/30 (FWD), 21/28 (AWD)