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New SUV Crossover Review: 2014 Ford Escape on Everyman Driver

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2014 Ford Escape on Everyman Driver with Dave EricksonThe Escape continues to be one of the best small crossovers on the market today and remains Ford’s most popular crossover. It remains largely unchanged for 2014 but does add two new standard features this year, a rearview camera and Sync. The Escape is offered in three trim levels: S, SE and Titanium.

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The engine choices under the hood of the Escape include standard and available only on the S, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 168-hp and 167 lb-ft. of torque. The SE and Titanium come standard with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that makes 178-hp and 184 lb-ft. Optional on the SE and Titanium trims is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that pumps out 240-hp and 270 lb-ft. of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and all but the S are available in either front- or all-wheel-drive configuration; the S is front-wheel-drive only.

Fuel economy estimates for the 2.5-liter is 22 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon on the highway. The 1.6-liter turbo with front-wheel drive gets 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, while the 2.0-liter turbo with front-wheel drive comes in at 22 city and 30 highway. All-wheel-drive versions come in at 1-2 mpg less.  The Escape weighs approximately 3,650 pounds and has a towing capacity rating of 2,000 pounds. The fuel tank is 15.1 gallons and the recommended fuel type is regular.

Video Below: Detailed Review of the 2014 Ford Escape with Everyman Driver, Dave Erickson.

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