Changes for the 2014 Ford Escape:
This year, Ford discontinues the SEL trim level, leaving Escape S, SE and Titanium models. Also, the hands-free power liftgate system is offered on versions that are simultaneously equipped with the towing package.
For 2014, the Ford Escape is sold in S, SE and Titanium trim levels. The Escape SE includes a 10-way power driver’s seat, dark tinted rear privacy glass, aluminum wheels, automatic headlights, and fog lights. A compass, an exterior temperature display, and satellite radio are also standard for this model.
The Escape Titanium includes leather upholstery, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a MyFord Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch color touchscreen, a power liftgate, and keyless entry with push-button starting. Ambient interior lighting, nicer wheels, and rear parking assist sensors are also included for Titanium models.
Options include a navigation system, a panoramic sunroof, and numerous technology upgrades.
Engines and Transmissions:
The 2014 Ford Escape S is equipped with a 168-horsepower, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is an option for the Escape SE and Titanium, which get a turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine making 178 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 184 lb.-ft. of torque at just 2,500 rpm. A more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine is optional for the SE and Titanium models, generating 240 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 270 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,000 rpm.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
The least fuel-efficient Escape is equipped with the most powerful EcoBoost engine and AWD, and it gets 21 mpg in the city. The most fuel-efficient Escape is equipped with the least powerful EcoBoost engine and front-wheel drive, and it gets 32 mpg on the highway.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 Escape gets a 4-star overall crash-test rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not officially rated the 2013 Escape as this summary is written. Last year, the Escape received a “Good” rating in all assessments except for the new small overlap frontal-impact test, for which the SUV received the lowest possible score of “Poor.”
Ford equips every 2014 Escape with a reversing camera, Sync connectivity with 911 Assist, and programmable MyKey features. If the Escape’s airbags deploy while a smartphone is both paired to Sync and aboard the SUV, 911 Assist automatically dials for emergency rescue assistance. MyKey allows the Escape’s owner to program vehicle speed and stereo volume limits, incessant seat belt warnings, to eliminate the ability to shut off the stability control system, and more.
Additional technology highlights include a MyFord Touch infotainment system, a blind spot information system, front and rear parking assist sensors, a rear cross traffic alert system, a hands-free rear liftgate operated by waving a foot under the bumper, and an Active Park Assist system that steers the Escape into a parallel parking space while the driver operates the pedals and transmission.
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