Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company
So you want the style and swagger of an SUV, but you don't want to end up like this guy? In that case, may we humbly suggest that you consider the 2014 Escape. Ford's entry into the compact sports utility vehicle arena is smart looking (check out that swept-back windshield), plenty powerful (we're talking 240 horses and 270 lb-ft of torque), and even gets decent milage (22 city/30 hwy). It features something called "Intelligent 4WD," which does not mean that it graduated from Harvard. Rather, the Escape monitors traction and cornering conditions every 16 milliseconds and automatically adjusts torque distribution where needed…which means you only get all four wheels rolling when you need them. And our favorite feature? The hands-free liftgate, which lets you open and close the back with a simple kick. (This comes in especially handy if you don't want to get too close to whatever you have in the trunk.)
Base price: $29,100
Engine: 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4
Torque: 270 lb-ft
0-60: 7 seconds
Top Speed: 118 mph (limited)
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