While the 2013 redesign of the Ford Escape was a total hit putting it on the top-selling compact crossover SUV list, Ford has decided to take the Escape to an even higher level for 2014. The 2013 Escape saw an impressive transformation, including a new high-tech, smaller yet still impressive engine, updated aerodynamics for the exterior and new Torque Vectoring Control for better handling. For 2014, while the updates may not be as drastic, they still take the Escape to an even higher level of technology and performance. For 2014, the SEL trim has been eliminated, but buyers still have the choice of three well-appointed trim levels including the S, SE and Titanium. No matter which one you choose, Ford is sure that you will be impressed with its all new-compact crossover SUV.
What is new for the 2014 Escape
There are a number of new technology additions that will be now be standard on all 2014 Escape models. All 2014 Ford Escape trims will feature a rear view camera and Ford’s SYNC integrated in-vehicle communications and entertainment system. Another available addition is the convenience of Ford’s hands-free liftgate that will be available with the Class II trailer-tow package, meaning you no longer have to choose between the two. Of course, different trims mean there are other additional features that come standard depending on the whether you choose the base S, the SE or the fully loaded Titanium. Some trim-specific additions to the standard features include:
- The SE convenience package will include MyFord Touch, Dual-Zone electronic temperature control, and rear parking aid sensors.
- The Titanium Technology package will come standard with rain-sensing wipers, HID headlamps with signature lighting, BLIS (blind spot information system) active park assist, full leather-trimmed seats, as well as sparkle nickel-plated aluminum 18-inch wheels
We all like technology, but what is under the hood of the Escape?
As there are only three trim levels, there are also only three types of engines to choose from. First, there is the tried-and-true fuel-saving 2.5-liter Duratec four-cylinder that offers 168 horsepower and an EPA estimated 22 mpg city/31 highway. A step above that is the more modern 1.6 liter (standard on the Titanium) and 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engines providing anywhere from 178 horsepower for the 1.6-liter to 240 horsepower for the 230-liter. The designs between the two EcoBoost engines may be different but both are standard twin-turbocharged four-cylinder with direct injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT), which Ford claims will improve peak power by up to seven percent. They also offer substantial fuel-savings with the 1.6-liter offering an EPA estimated 23 mpg city/32 highway and the 2.0-liter 22/30.
While we have not been lucky enough to get our first 2014 Escape yet, we still have a great selection of new 2013 and 2014 Ford cars, trucks, crossovers and SUVs to choose from. You can browse online at Permian Ford and let us help you find your next vehicle!