2014 vs. 2013 Escape prices
I did a quick comparison for my own edification, and I thought it might be of interest to others as well. Note that the 2014 prices are from Edmunds; I don't have official Ford prices.
Not surprisingly, I used the Sterling Gray 2013 Escape I'm getting as the baseline: SEL 4WD with 2.0L, 302A, and panorama roof. For vehicles built in 2013, the total MSRP is $35,200 ($370 less if you can find a new Escape built at the end of 2012, as I did). Subtract $2,000 in rebates, and the 2013 Ford price is $33,200.
There is no SEL for 2014, but the 2014 Titanium, having lost the 19" wheels and standard HID lights, is about the equivalent of the 2013 SEL with 302A. So, we can spec it out as follows: Titanium 4WD ($30,850) + 2.0L ($1,195) + panorama roof ($1,495) + remote start ($445; no longer standard) + tonneau cover ($135; no longer standard) + destination fee (unchanged at $895) = $35,015. Subtract the $1,000 rebate (acc. to Edmunds), and the 2014 Ford price is $34,015.
The 2014 Titanium includes a standard backup camera for the extra $815; that's a pretty expensive camera.
The rebates make a big difference here. If Edmunds is wrong about the availability of the $1,000, the 2014 becomes even more costly. Presumably, rebates may not reach the $2,000 per vehicle level again until the 2014s have had the mid-model year price increase.
The fact that the straight MSRP of a 2014 Titanium is actually slightly lower than that of a comparably equipped 2013 SEL, before rebates or discounts, confirms what was already my impression: that Equipment Package 302A is/was overpriced, even with the built-in $465 discount.
Anyway, assuming that dealer discounts on 2013s right now will be two to three times bigger than discounts on just-arriving 2014s, the bottom line to the typical customer is a difference of maybe $1,500 to $2,300 -- with the camera as the only concrete advantage of the 2014.