What’s new for the 2014 Ford Escape?

by lisa on April 9, 2013

in Escape,Ford Cars

2013 Ford Escape

The Ford Escape is one of the most popular compact crossover SUVs in the US. Let’s take a look at some of the changes coming to the 2014 Ford Escape.

Changes to Model Series:

The 2014 model will only be offered in three trim series, the S, SE and the Titanium. For 2014, the SEL will no longer be available. Let’s check out the new standard additions to each.

Packaging/ Standard Features Changes

Perhaps the biggest change is that all 2014 Escapes will come standard with a rear view camera. In addition, SYNC (integrated in-vehicle communications and entertainment system) will now be standard on all Escapes. From a packaging standpoint, there are also a few things to point out for the 2014 Model Year:

  • The SE convenience package will include Dual-Zone electronic temperature control, rear parking aid sensors and MyFord Touch.
  • The Titanium Technology package will include HID headlamps with signature lighting, active park assist, BLIS (blind spot information system), rain-sensing wipers.

Mechanical Changes:

For 2014 the 1.6 L EcoBoost will become standard on the Titanium ( FWD: 23 City / 33 Hwy  -  4WD: 22 City / 30 Hwy).  Drivers will still have the option to add the 2.0 L EcoBoost to a Titanium, in addition to a supplemental heater is also now option on  both EcoBoost engines.

Safety and Security Changes:

Rear parking aid sensors will now be standard on all Titanium models, while a rear view camera will be standard on all series.

Exterior Changes to the Titanium Package:

18″ machined aluminum wheels will be standard to the Titanium package.

Interior Comfort:

The SE package will now include a standard 10-way power driver seat, which does away with the old SE 6-way manual driver seat. Full-leather seats will now be standard on the Titanium package.

Functional Changes:

A power converter will now be standard on the Titanium package.

So while the Escape may not see any major body style changes for 2014, there are some very worthy changes coming that will keep this much loved crossover pleasing the masses. 2014 models will start production in June!


This information is accurate to the best of our knowledge. Because these options and features may change during the model year, please be sure to consult your dealer for the most accurate and up to date information.

Acton Ford - Boston MA - Ford Dealership
76 Powdermill Rd ActonMA01720 USA 
 • 978-897-7000

{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Larry April 25, 2013 at 11:18 pm

I was seriously considering buying an Escape next year, having given ord a chance to work out any bugs. However, if SYNC is standard in all models, I think I’ll look elsewhere.


2 chris April 27, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Hi Larry, sorry to hear the new escape doesn’t peak your interest. Sync has been around for a while at this point and has made some serious improvements over the past six months. We have had very few problems with sync itself, but there have been some phone compatibility issues with myford touch. On syncmyride.com is a list of compatible phones, which work pretty well with both systems. If you’d like to see the difference between Sync and Sync with MyFord touch, we’d love to host you at the dealership to show you the technology.


3 captain May 2, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I updated my 2013 Ford escape with the latest iteration of SYNC ford my touch and A4 navigation recently. While the response time and phone pairing have improved, I have noticed some new problems. For instance, the rear view camera goes back to default (no back up aid lines ) on its own intermittently. I have to manually go and reset it repeatedly. The GPS is still has occasional problems locating the vehicle, it sometimes shows vehicles going through building blocks or even water if you are driving over bridges or along the shore. I hope the bugs are fixed subsequently.


4 Cookie May 10, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Where can I find information regarding specific modifications and revisions of the 2014 Ford Escape to evaluate Ford’s response to the Consumer Reports review of the 2013 Ford Escape? This article details a few of the issues identified by CR’s review of the 2013 Escape but lacks specific information regarding Driving Position, Fit and Finish of Interior, sharp edges of interior finishes, Controls and Knobs, My Touch screen position and visibility issues. It would be helpful if Ford would demonstrate their commitment to improvements by acknowledging and addressing specific issues identified by reputable reviews


5 chris May 13, 2013 at 2:43 pm

We haven’t seen anything that specifically addresses the points in the consumer reports review. While consumer reports is a strong force in the marketplace, as a dealer, I can tell you that we do pass along customer feedback about products to ford through various channels. If you have specific feedback you would like to share with ford, related to product design, I would recommend visiting fordsocial.com. There are some tools on that site that allow customers and prospective customers to share feedback directly with ford. Also, we will be sure to post additional information as it becomes available.


6 Norm May 15, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Is it correct that the 2014 Escape will not be avaliable until Oct 2014?


7 chris May 17, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Hi Norm, thanks for the question. The 2014 escape will be available much earlier than October. In fact, they will begin building them in June of 2013.


8 Bogeyfire May 17, 2013 at 7:02 pm

I wondered the same thing. The article above appears to have a typo saying it won’t be available until “the last quarter of 2014″. I assume that was to read, “2013″.


9 chris May 21, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Oops! sorry about the typo. It is fixed. 2013 is correct!


10 pvillepat June 27, 2013 at 10:13 pm

I ordered a 2013 Titanium on May 8. The next day I was told my Escape could not be built. Why? Because they stopped the 2013 production.
Today my Ford salesman called to say my brand new 2014 Ginger Ale Titanium has been built and is ready for shipping from the Louisville plant. Expected date of arrival July 11. I’m looking forward to being the first 2014 Escape owner in town.

11 CArol May 21, 2013 at 8:18 pm

wow I want a SEL platinum white stone interior with navigation and sony system but told none available with sony in Ontario so now do I wait for 2014. as SEL will not be available?????


12 Magen May 22, 2013 at 10:45 pm

So the 2014 escape titanium will no longer have the 19′ rims or the 2.0 engine? You said you can opt for the 2.0, but what about the rims? Thanks for your info. :)


13 Norm May 28, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Chris, thanks. Start building in Jun 2013, when will we see them at the dealers or when can we place an order for a 2014? Thanks.


14 chris June 5, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Hi Norm, first build is 6/3. You can order for 2014 now. No official word on when they will arrive at dealers, but my guess would be some time in July.


15 Pam May 29, 2013 at 1:25 am

I currently drive a 2011 Escape, which I love, but after looking at the 2013 Escapes I don’t think I will be staying with the Escape. My fiancé is 6’5″ and found he had much less leg room in the 2013 than in my 2011. We also found that the cabin (area of the driver and front passenger) is much narrower in the 2013. I am not looking to trade my 2011 Escape for at least another 2 years, so maybe there will be changes made that will impress me enough to keep with the Escape. I did like with the 2013 that you got rid of the window that opens on the liftgate. I like how the back headrests fold when the seats fold down so you don’t have to take them out whenever you want to fold the seats down. I also like with the 2013 that you can get black or dark fabric seats on any model, not just the limited edition (we have 2 dogs, and light upholstery so I am always covering it). I am curious if others find the difference in space an issue.


16 chris June 5, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Pam thanks for the comment. The 2013 Escape is certainly a lot different than the 2011 in many ways. If your fiance is 6’5″ you may want to consider sitting in the CMAX. Although it appears smaller on the outside, there is a lot of leg and head room. A friend of mine came to me recently to shop for cars. He is 6’8″ and fit nicely in a cmax, though he wasn’t willing to downsize from what he is currently driving.


17 Don May 29, 2013 at 2:10 am

Will leather seats be an option on the SE? The lists I’ve been able to find don’t seem to list that anywhere as an option.


18 chris June 5, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Hi Don, sorry for the delayed response. Leather will be an option on the SE only in the 201A equipment group. It looks as though this option may not be available until a little later in the production year.


19 Don June 6, 2013 at 12:43 am

Hmm… I should be due to order a new fleet vehicle in July (pharma sales), and leather has always been an upgradable option (currently in a 2011 Escape XLT and paid for the leather package) with my company. They were previously doing the SEL, so I wonder what they’ll do now that the 2013′s can no longer be ordered? I don’t see them giving us the Titanium (I’ll cross my fingers though), so hopefully I’ll be able to add leather to a SE by then. I don’t know that I can ever go back to cloth seats again.


20 chris June 7, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Hopefully they’ll spring for the titanium! if the SE comfort package isn’t available by the time you order, you could also consider adding aftermarket leather. I have found that aftermarket leather can sometimes be of an equal or better quality than factory leather, and there are more color and texture choices. We have also never had any fit or durability issues. This is the company we use for aftermarket leather, they have a catalog if you’d like to browse. http://www.classicdesigns.cc/


21 Don June 7, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Actually, it looks like the 2014 Titanium is only about $1K more or so than the 2013 SEL was, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility since they’ve never given us a car without an option to upgrade to leather in the past. We only have these cars for 2-3 years before we turn them back in, so it probably wouldn’t be worth it to have it custom done. Guess I’ll just have to wait and see which model the fleet dept contracted.

22 Pbert May 29, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Really liked Escape — particularly seat height for in and out as a a pre-boomer. However lack of powerseat for passenger was Strike 1…Titanium didn’t seem to have seating that wasn’t black (too hot in summer after the car has been parked in the sun. Then consumer (purchasers) reviews came as a surprise.

Looked at fusion but the power passenger seat had no “up” so old-girl hips didn’t want to look forward to climbing up and out.

Any chance full power passenger seat (like the Hyndai’s) are in the future? Love the Azera’s expandable seat/dual memory, but want to sit up higher.


23 Lisa June 20, 2013 at 3:02 am

I’m also concerned about the lack of power seats. That seems to be a standard on reasonably priced vehicles in most other brands. I don’t need all the other changes the SEL offers over the SE, but if I get an Escape it will have to be the SEL simply because of the power seat issue.


24 chris June 21, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Hi Lisa, just to clarify are you referring to the passenger seat? The SE does come with a 10 way power driver seat for 2014. I took a quick look at the ordering guide and there doesn’t seem to be a free standing option for a power passenger seat.


25 Paul June 2, 2013 at 2:20 pm

I just ordered a 2014 Titanium on Friday. I am told they begin making them next week.


26 chris June 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Hi Paul, the build date has changed since the article was written. First build date appears to be 6/3/13. Enjoy your new titanium!


27 Paul June 6, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I am anxiously awaiting delivery. The main reason I went ahead and ordered the 2014 was because the lighter colored leather is now available and like another poster above, I just really didn’t want black in the summer. Tough decision though to pass up the 0% financing available on the 13. I hope since I placed my order so early that it comes in sooner.


28 chris June 7, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Black is definitely tough in the summer. One thing that may work to your advantage is that most automakers have to wait for a quality check called “ok to buy” before they begin shipping retail orders. Essentially what this means is that there may be some stock units that arrive at the dealership before your retail order. If there is a supply of stock on the ground, it is more likely that a manufacturer may offer incentives on the product, thus there is a possibility that when your order arrives, there will be incentives in place. Of course, I am speaking in general terms and do not know of any specifics at this point. Either way, good choice going with the 14!


29 Burt June 7, 2013 at 5:30 am

Will Ford correct the Escape’s failure in the IIHS offset crash test? If yes, then when?


30 chris June 7, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Hi Burt,
Thanks for the comment. As a dealer, I can’t speak for Ford on this one, but you may want to ask that question on one of their forums like http://social.ford.com/ . I know they monitor it frequently and often respond through social mediums. If I find out anything that is ok to share, you can bet you’ll find it on our blog!



31 Doug June 8, 2013 at 9:02 pm

I am thinking about a 2013 SEL – are there any issues with buying a car model that is no longer offered?


32 chris June 10, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Hi Doug,
I wouldn’t worry about buying an SEL at this point. You may be able to score a pretty good deal on one. I’ll give you an example: In 2013, ford discontinued the Focus SEL. We had a new 2012 Focus SEL on the lot for about 8 months after the 2013 came out. We had to be very aggressive to get rid of it as a new vehicle. At the same time, 2012 Focus SEL’s were still drawing good money on the used car market. The point is, it is a good buy new and should be ok when you go to trade it. The only risk here is supply. Many rental companies order the base SEL’s for rental fleets. If there is a big release of SEL’s in the used market, it could negatively impact the value of your vehicle. Regardless of the badging, the equipment, year and mileage are factors that drive value on the used car market.


33 Lili June 23, 2013 at 2:20 pm

I wanted to know whether the blind spot monitor in 2013 or 2014 model
will beep/sound when the lights are blinking. We do not have the cars have
this features in our neighborhood dealerships. The sales showed me the
Lincoln model but it did not beep/sound, only blink. Please help. Thanks.


34 chris June 27, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Hi Lili,
to my knowledge, it will only blink. I played around with some settings to see if there is an audio tone you can set for this. I couldn’t find one. If I hear anything different, I’ll be sure to post in on the blog!


35 Ary June 25, 2013 at 6:15 am

I have been loking for a factory back up camera for my 2013 Escape. I do not want any aftermarket one. even my local For dealer can’t find one. Since it is going to be a standard issue in the 204, will they be available for purchase soon?


36 chris June 27, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Hi Ary,
I haven’t seen anything on the accessory site for this. I agree that a factory camera is a better option if available. If I get any more info, I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop!


37 Ary June 25, 2013 at 6:17 am

I have been loking for a factory back up camera for my 2013 Escape. I do not want any aftermarket one. even my local Ford dealer can’t find one. Since it is going to be a standard issue in the 2014, will they be available for purchase soon?


38 Greg June 27, 2013 at 3:04 am

I was just reading these comments and I have had the same problem as Captain. Since the update the back-up lines keep switching off and occasionally come back without resetting it. The nav system occasionally wanders off all over the place and the entertainment system automatically reverts to the first song on the memory stick I have connected regardless of what had been selected previously.

Other that these issues I am very pleased with the car and truly enjoy driving it. I am hopeful that there will be a further update which will cure these ailments in the near future.


39 chris June 27, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Hi Greg,
Do you have the latest version of my ford touch installed? Another thing you can check is in the backup camera settings, there is an option for “delay” if you set delay to off, it seems to improve the functionality of the backup lines. If you want to send me the vin# to your vehicle, I can check to see if there are any updates available.



40 Greg June 27, 2013 at 11:28 pm

I have checked and it is up to date, and the delay is off. Sometimes the lines appear for a few seconds and then disappear. It worked fine before the last update. As I mentioned as well with the entertainment system it will switch over to the USB input on its own.


41 Bruce June 27, 2013 at 11:01 am

Chris – I found this link http://media.ford.com/images/10031/2014_Escape.pdf that states “Hands-free liftgate will be available with Class II trailer tow package (late availability).” Any idea when this will be available? Thanks.


42 chris June 27, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Hi Bruce,
Manufacturers usually segment their model year into job dates, ex: job1/job2/job 3. My guess is this will be a feature that is available during job 2 or 3. I’ll likely have some more info on these dates by around august. In the meantime, I’ll see what I can find out.



43 Andy July 1, 2013 at 3:41 am

Hi Chris,

I am interested in getting the 2014 Escape Titanium in Deep Impact Blue color – in doing a brief check online at various dealers where I live in Long Island, NY, it seems this color is not available for Titanium model, and rare in general. Would you know if this is due to the production flow just starting? Just hoping there won’t be an availability issue. Thanks!


44 chris July 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Hi Andy, it looks as though you can get that color for titanium, although I agree it is somewhat rare. If you are not ina rush, your best bet is to order one from the factory. Keep in mind the 2014′s have only been on the ground for a few weeks, so you may start to see some deep impact blue one’s pop up on the radar. Let me know if I can help at all.


45 Vicki July 1, 2013 at 3:54 am

Hi Chris,
I am very fortunate that my company provides a vehicle for me. I will be ordering a 2014 Escape. They will not, however, allow us to pay for any upgrades. I really want the roof rack on the vehicle and wouldn’t mind the cover for the back that comes in the one package. Is there any way to add either of these on aftermarket? Thanks!


46 chris July 2, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Hi Vicki,
Glad to hear you are getting a 14 escape. You can add roof rails and cross bars through the Ford accessories site: http://accessories.ford.com/vehicles/escape/2013/exterior/racks-carriers.html The site may not have the 14 accessories listed just yet, but I would expect they will be the same for 2014. We have added them for a few customers and they look just as good as factory rails! You can usually get them in black or textured silver.


47 Andy July 2, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Thanks Chris , will keep an eye out and may look into ordering, thanks again


48 chris July 2, 2013 at 1:35 pm

It was likely that either production for 2013 ended or they did not have the capability to build the exact spec that you ordered, as commodities can be an issue at the end of a model year. Either way, congrats on the 2014! That ginger ale color is sharp! Enjoy..


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