It’s not every day that you get a look at a base model vehicle, as online reviewers tend to focus on the upper trims. We wanted to feature this 2014 Ford Escape S. It’s a compact crossover that manages to deliver an excellent experience without breaking the bank.
First, there’s the seriously peppy engine. Popping the hood, you’ll be greeted by a 2.5L four-cylinder that cranks out 168 horses and 170-lb.-ft. of torque. This acceleration will come in handy, too, because you’ll be doing plenty of cruising throughout Seattle, Renton, and Bellevue. This Escape S is capable of an EPA-estimated 32 MPG highway! And the six-speed automatic transmission means there’s absolutely no learning curve.
The Big Blue Oval’s sprightly crossover also offers a surprising amount of room. Vehicle dimensions are 178” long x 72” wide x 66” high. This translates to 34.3 ft³ of cargo space. However, with the seats down, you’ll benefit from an exceptional 67.8 ft³. That’s more than enough to pack up for a trip with the family.