The stylish 2014 Escape is one of the more compelling models in Ford’s lineup of crossovers and SUVs, since it can be easily customized to suit a wide range of budgetary needs. The base model Escape is the bare bones S trim with a competitive entry level price, but from there, buyers get tons of options and add-ons. The top trim for the 2014 Ford Escape is called the Titanium, and for a crossover, it can get a little pricey. Autobytel’s Road Test Editor Chris Wardlaw test drove a new 2014 Escape Titanium to see how it stacks up, especially considering its $35,000 sticker price. The Titanium is powered by a 2-liter version of Ford’s EcoBoost turbocharged engine that provides 230 horsepower, 62 more horsepower than the 1.6-liter EcoBoost found in lower trim level Escapes. Because of that, though, the Escape Titanium boasts superior acceleration, which may contribute to its compromise in fuel economy. Although the Escape Titanium is rated for 24 MPG combined, it fell a few miles a gallon short during Autobytel’s test. The Escape Titanium is equipped with all-wheel-drive and rides on intricate and eye-catching 19-inch wheels. A roomy cargo area is convenient, but the hands-free power liftgate didn’t quite meet expectations and backseat space is a bit tight.
2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0 EcoBoost Test Drive and Video Review