The Ford Escape became one of the most sought after compact crossover SUVs after its complete character overhaul last year when it became one of the segment’s leaders in styling, fuel efficiency and technology. The vehicle gets no significant changes for the 2014 model year; just some minor revisions to equipment and packages. The 2014 Ford Escape compact crossover SUV comes in three trim levels: S, SE and the 2014 Ford Escape Titanium.
The 2014 Escape Titanium sits on Ford’s global C-Platform, the same platform that outlines the Ford Focus, and this shows in their similar sleek styling. Although the Escape is heavier than the Focus, Just like it, the Escape boasts of high quality, versatility and smooth driving character. It has a superb handling, impressionable styling and a luxurious interior.
Styling and Features
Inside, the 2014 Ford Titanium boasts an impressive list of features. Its interior cannot be called tight, but the Escape is less spacious than other vehicles in the segment.
Differences between S, SE and Titanium Trims of 2014 Ford Escape
The Escape S trim features a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB/iPod interface, blind-spot mirror, MyKey parental controls, air-conditioning, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, the Sync voice command electronics interface, and rides on 17-inch steel wheels. The SE trim on the other hand sits on 17-inch alloy wheels and comes with features such as a keyless entry keypad, an eight-way power adjustable driver seat, reclining rear seats, privacy tinted glass and a satellite radio.
Ford Escape Titanium 2014 model comes with most of the features mentioned above, plus 18-inch wheels, remote start, keyless ignition/entry, ambient interior lighting, Sony 10-speaker sound system and a hands-free liftgate which works in tandem with the keyless entry system.
Powertrain and Performance
Just like the 2013 Titanium, the 2014 Ford Titanium come standard with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that delivers 178 HP and 184 lb-ft. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque is optional on the two models. They are available in either front- or all-wheel-drive configuration and a six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all variants. There are no differences between 2013 Escape and 2014 Escape, if powertrain is point of concern.
Fuel economy estimates for the 2014 Escape Titanium and the previous model is stated as follows: The 1.6-liter turbo with front-wheel drive gets 23/33/26, while the 2.0-liter turbo with front-wheel drive is rated 22/30/25. The AWD versions are rated 1 to 2 mpg less than their FWD counterparts.
Safety features such as a rearview camera, blind-spot mirrors, antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, a driver knee airbag, full-length curtain airbags front-seat side airbags and the Ford’s MyKey (which allows owners to set vehicle parameters for younger drivers) are all standard on the 2014 Ford Escape. Rear parking sensors are optional on the S and SE trims, but standard on the Ford Escape Titanium 2014.
Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Chevrolet Equinox, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Subaru Forester all compete in the small crossover SUVs segment with the 2014 Ford Escape.
Price of 2014 Ford Escape Titanium
Manufacturer suggested retail price for the new escape ranges from $22,700 for the S 4dr Front-wheel Drive to $30,850 for the 2014 Ford Escape Titanium 4dr 4×4, while the 2013 Ford Escape retail price is between $22,470 and $32,120.