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The Escape S comes with front-wheel drive, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, six-speed automatic with manually selectable gears, six-speaker audio system with AUX and 17-inch steel wheels. Also standard are a full brace of power accessories, air conditioning and front, side and curtain airbags, along with electronic stability control. Jumping to SE gets the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine with 180 horsepower.
In addition to SYNC, SE includes automatic headlamps, SiriusXM radio, more exterior chrome accents, fog lights, privacy glass and 17-inch alloy wheels. SEL adds MyFord Touch, heated leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror and 18-inch alloy wheels. The top Titanium model gets the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine standard (it's optional on SEL), along with Sony HD radio, remote start and entry, cargo cover, a 110-volt outlet and a power liftgate. All-wheel drive is available on SE and SEL, standard on Titanium and 2.0-liter SEs and SELs.
The Honda CR-V is has more rear seat and cargo room, but its engine is no match for the 2.0-liter EcoBoost. The Chevrolet Equinox has an optional V6 but isn't as fun to drive. The Kia Sportage has a more powerful optional turbo engine, but has a harder ride. And the Volkswagen Tiguan has a nicer interior and more powerful standard engine, but is more expensive.
The Escape comes off well in the face of opposition because it combines the fun-to-drive attributes of a car with the versatility of a crossover. The EcoBoost engines are lively and fuel-efficient, while the available technology features will impress passengers. It's a package that's well-suited to a wide variety of buyers, and will likely continue to be a frequent sight on American roads as the most popular compact crossover.
The S incorporates the must-have equipment that any shoppers in the compact crossover market are looking for today. Its position in the lineup is the entry-level buy that has everything you need. Standard features include the 2.5-liter four-cylinder with six-speed automatic, 17-inch steel wheels, six-speaker audio system with AUX input, air conditioning, trip computer, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and power windows, locks and mirrors. Options include Ford's SYNC voice recognition system with full iPod and phone integration and a compass.
The SE adds more comfort features and opens up available technology amenities. All SEs get the more fuel-efficient 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine with either front wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. Also included are 17-inch alloy wheels, SYNC, more chrome accents outside, automatic headlamps, foglights, privacy glass and Sirius satellite radio. The Cargo Management II Package adds an alarm, 110-volt outlet, cargo cover and roof rack. A panoramic Vista roof, dual-zone automatic climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, 9-speaker audio system, MyFord Touch and navigation and a power liftgate are also options. A 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine with 237 horsepower is optional on SEs equipped with all-wheel drive.
The SEL builds on the SE's features and starts to transform the Escape into a more luxurious and powerful compact crossover. Standard on SEL are 18-inch alloy wheels, MyFord Touch, leather seats with heating elements in front, 10-way power driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, ambient lighting, memory functions for the driver's seat and outside mirrors, turn signals in the outside mirrors and alarm. Options include all-wheel drive and a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine in place of the 1.6. The Technology Package includes keyless start and entry, a foot-activated liftgate (one swipe of the foot under the bumper opens the tailgate), rear parking sensors, a 10-speaker Sony audio system with HD radio and a remote starter. The Cargo Management III Package adds a cargo cover, 110-volt socket and roof rails. The Parking Technology Package also adds blind spot monitoring with a cross-path detection system, backup camera, front parking sensors and Ford's active parking system that can parallel park the car with minimal driver input.
The Titanium trim brings together Ford's most advanced features and makes the Escape begin to look like a rival for compact crossovers with Audi and BMW badges. Standard on the Titanium is the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine with all-wheel drive. Nineteen-inch wheels, Sony HD audio, premium leather seats, remote entry and start, a cargo cover, 110-volt outlet, foot-activated liftgate, HID headlamps and rear parking sensors. The Parking Technology Package also adds blind spot monitoring with a cross-path detection system, backup camera, front parking sensors and active parking system.
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|Build & Price|
2014 Ford Escape$20,969 | 18,563 mi
2014 FORD ESCAPE$23,672 | 16,630 mi
2014 FORD ESCAPE$23,738 | 16,620 mi
2014 Ford Escape$26,999 | 14,975 mi
2013 Ford Escape$20,771 | 28,910 mi
2013 Ford Escape$22,788 | 14,962 mi
2013 Ford Escape$23,999 | 29,669 mi
2013 FORD ESCAPE$25,990 | 27,725 mi
2012 Ford Escape$15,771 | 34,938 mi
2012 FORD ESCAPE$15,837 | 83,075 mi
2012 FORD ESCAPE$16,878 | 78,342 mi
2012 Ford Escape$16,987 | 45,600 mi
2012 Ford Escape$17,771 | 7,050 mi
2012 FORD ESCAPE$18,463 | 19,318 mi
2012 Ford Escape$18,877 | 17,407 mi
2012 FORD ESCAPE$19,776 | 45,015 mi
2012 Ford Escape$19,777 | 48,052 mi
2012 Ford Escape$20,988 | 22,804 mi
2012 Ford Escape$21,788 | 24,166 mi
2011 Ford Escape$15,780 | 80,741 mi
2011 Ford Escape$22,699 | 21,596 mi
2010 Ford Escape$14,988 | 65,371 mi
2009 Ford Escape$13,788 | 75,520 mi
2008 Ford Escape$7,999 | 170,221 mi
2008 Ford Escape$11,283 | 121,736 mi
2008 Ford Escape$16,771 | 69,955 mi
2008 FORD ESCAPE$16,888 | 94,135 mi
2005 Ford Escape$6,495 | 129,835 mi
Roomy, practical and likely reliable, but unexceptional fit and finish.
Optional V6 and quiet ride, but lacks driving excitement.
Sporty ride and powerful turbo, but has harsh ride and is small.
Quick and well-built, but more expensive than most in class.