With a family of 6, there’s no doubt the SUV is on the top of our vehicle list – so when I was given the opportunity to get inside the 2014 Ford Escape, I was excited! For starters, it’s been a couple of years since I’ve been in the Escape and there are so many new features, it was hard to absorb all there was to offer within a week!
From the spacious interior to the EcoBoost Technology, the Escape is ready for whatever comes your way.
EcoBoost Technology. With the Escape, you can have your choice of the 1.6L EcoBoost® I-4 engine – which has an EPA-estimated 32 highway mpg* – or the available 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 engine. Compared with a standard port-injection engine, EcoBoost technology helps produce a cooler, denser fuel-injection charge that generates more power per every drop of fuel. Twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) maximizes performance, while two technologies – turbocharging and direct injection deliver the performance of a larger engine while offering impressive fuel economy.
Body. The shape of the Ford Escape doesn’t just look great on the inside. I learned this little fact about the exterior: The Escape is designed to reduce drag on the vehicle body that wind resistance produces. And as part of the total airflow management approach to design, the standard Active Grille Shutters* help cheat the wind. When closed, they reduce aerodynamic drag caused by air traveling through the radiator.
Seating. Choose the Escape model with the seating that’s right for you:
• Escape S and SE models feature cloth seating surfaces.
• 10-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar adjust standard on SE.
• Titanium models feature leather-trimmed heated front seats with 10-way power driver’s seat, adjustable lumbar support and memory for three drivers.
• All models include 60/40 split 2nd-row seats that fold flat for carrying cargo.
Cargo Capability. You have the option to fold down both rear seat backs for a flat load surface to transport items large and small. With enhanced cargo capacity – 67.8 cu. ft. of space with rear seats folded – Escape can easily accommodate almost anything you want to carry. And if you don’t need all that space, you can still fold down either side of the 60/40 split rear seat and you seat one or two rear passengers and have additional cargo room! Even with the seats up, the Escape provides 34.3 cu. ft. of space. *There’s even a storage area in the 2nd-row passenger-side footwell for small items.