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The 2014 Ford Escape is offered in S, SE and Titanium trims, with three different engines and with most models offered with a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Base S models are only offered with front-wheel drive, and they come with a 168-horsepower, 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. The SE offers a 178-horsepower, 1.6L turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine. On SE and Titanium models offer an available 2.0L turbocharged EcoBoost four that makes a V6-like output of 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.
Both EcoBoost 4-cylinder engines have direct injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing, (Ti-VCT), which helps produce more power while also being more fuel-efficient. EPA ratings range up to 23 mpg city, 33 highway with the 1.6L and 22/30 with the 2.0L. An active grille shutter system also helps fuel economy by improving aerodynamics when extra cooling isn't needed.
All models come with a SelectShift 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control, and several technologies help the Escape not only tackle slick road conditions but also corner better. Curve Control and Torque Vectoring Control help improve stability, while the new "Intelligent" 4WD system in 4WD models uses sensor inputs to actively act to maintain stability, utilizing an electromagnetic clutch system to send power to the wheels where traction is needed most.
Although off-roading isn't how most Escape buyers will use the SUV, it can handle gravel roads and modest forest trails just fine; and when properly equipped, it can tow up to 3,500 pounds. On all models, 4-wheel disc brakes provide strong stopping power, while an electric rack-and-pinion steering system is precise and well-weighted.
The Escape's rakish design doesn't get in the way of interior space either. The model has supportive bucket seats in front with a good view out, as well as space for three across in back. There's a generous 34.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the back seat--thanks to a low, 2-position cargo floor--and that can be expanded to 68.1 cubic feet by flipping forward the second row seatbacks.
Escape S models come with a generous list of features for a base model, including air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, remote keyless entry, steering-wheel audio controls, cruise control, power windows and mirrors, MyKey, a 6-speaker audio system, and a rearview camera system. The SE model adds upgraded exterior trim, a center console with arm rest, dual chrome exhaust, a keyless entry keypad, Sirius Satellite Radio compatibility, fog lamps, upgraded upholstery, a 10-way driver's seat, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Then on the top-of-the-line Titanium, you get remote start, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, silver roof rails, ten-speaker Sony audio, MyFord Touch, a media hub with SD card reader and video inputs, a garage-door opener, 18-inch alloys, rear parking sensors, heated side mirrors and more.
The available MyFord Touch is a touch-screen-based system for connectivity and infotainment that allows the pairing of a smartphone or media player for phone calls, music, navigation and vehicle settings all through the touch screen, steering wheel controls or voice commands.
An active park assist system will 'see' a parallel parking space and actually steer the vehicle into the spot while the driver modulates the accelerator and brake. The BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert prevents accidents by helping the driver spot other unseen vehicles. An available hands-free tailgate system only requires that the drive 'kick' their foot under the rear bumper.
Stronger Performance And Better Handling Than Other Small Affordable Crossovers
Excellent MyFord Touch Connectivity
Excellent Fuel Economy
Rakish Exterior And Fashionable Cabin
The Escape SEL model has been discontinued for 2014, leaving S, SE and Titanium trims. The 1.6L EcoBoost engine is now standard on the Titanium, while the Titanium gets some additional standard equipment, including new 18-inch machined aluminum wheels, silver roof rails, grille radiator shutter, the power liftgate and a power converter. SE models gain a new 10-way power driver seat and SYNC is now standard on the base S.
The rear power outlet has been deleted from the Titanium, and the Parking Technology Package is no longer offered. Otherwise in options, Active Park Assist has been included with the Titanium Technology Package, which also includes HID headlamps, BLIS, and rain-sensing wipers and the SE Convenience Package now includes MyFord Touch and Rear Parking Aid Sensors.
Back for a second year after a radical redesign, the 2014 Ford Escape doesn't bear any likeness to the model it replaced-- it's a sleek, rakish, modern design, yet surprisingly roomy inside. Also surprising is how well the Escape responds and handles--as if it were a sport wagon. Escape's powertrains are standouts in this class, both offering more power than you get elsewhere plus excellent fuel economy. In terms of tech features, between MyFord Touch, an active park assist system and active-safety features like BLIS, the Escape stands far apart from more plainly presented crossover wagons.
Engine: 1.6L EcoBoost -inc: active grille shutters
Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic w/SelectShift
3.21 Axle Ratio
GVWR: 4,520 lbs
Transmission w/SelectShift Sequential Shift Control and Oil Cooler
Radio: AM/FM Single CD/MP3 -inc: 10 speakers, HD Radio, auxiliary audio input jack, automatic volume control, speed sensitive volume and SIRIUS satellite radio w/6 month prepaid subscription (48 contiguous states/service NOT AVAILABLE in Alaska or Hawaii)
Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation and Radio Data System
Integrated Roof Antenna
390w Regular Amplifier
SYNC w/MyFord Touch & SYNC Services -inc: 8" TFT screen, 911 Assist, VHR, SYNC Services (3 year complimentary subscription), AppLink, Bluetooth, steering wheel controls, USB port and auxiliary input jack
Wireless Phone Connectivity
2 LCD Monitors In The Front
4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
Heated Leather-Trimmed Buckets w/60/40 Rear Seat -inc: 10-way power driver's seat w/memory, driver seat back map pocket and lumbar support
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