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Larson Escape 254 I/O
(w/ 1 x 320-hp MerCruiser 6.2L MPI sterndrive)

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Escape 254 I/O
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By combining the best of both worlds; a spacious deck on top and a wave slicing hull for the bottom, the new Escape gives you more boat for less money. It also presents trademark design cues and components, making for a luxurious and stylish ride.

Key Features

  • Compatible with inboard or outboard engine
  • Full furniture set with UV marine protection
  • Bow and stern tables come standard, along with snap-in carpet for a complete interior design
  • Enclosed Head with Porta Potti & Vented Window
  • Remote for Stereo (Bow, Helm and Stern)
  • Ski Tow Hook
  • Stainless Steel Hardware and Gunnel
  • Starboard Storage Console
  • Transom Shower (Fresh Water)
  • Walk-thru Transom
  • Bow and stern seating comes hinged making much extra storage
  • Meets or exceeds USCG Regulations


Larson Escape 254 I/O Specifications
Length Overall 25' 1'' Dry Weight 4,650 lbs. w/ engine
Beam 8' 6'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 3' 0'' Weight Capacity N/A
Draft Up N/A Person Capacity N/A
Draft Down N/A Fuel Capacity 59 gal.
Air Draft N/A Water Capacity 12 gal.
Deadrise/Transom N/A Length on Trailer N/A
Max Headroom N/A Height on Trailer N/A
Bridge Clearance N/A Trailer Weight N/A
Total Package Weight (Trailer,Boat & Engine) N/A
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Larson Escape 254 I/O Engine options
Std. Power 1 x 200-hp MerCruiser sterndrive
Tested Power 1 x 320-hp MerCruiser 6.2L MPI sterndrive
Opt. Power 1 x Various MerCruiser sterndrives 260-320-hp
Not Available

Larson Escape 254 I/O Photo Gallery

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What a sporty deckboat!

A look at the seating in the bow.

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Sleek stainless on the helm.

Swivel captain's chair.

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A convenient head.

Retractable swim platform off the stern.

Larson Escape 254 I/O Captain's Report

A Bold New Deckboat

By Ron Svoboda

The Look

The Escape line of Larson Boats display special design cues that set it apart from the rest of the competition and affirm the company’s motto of “affordable luxury”. The aggressive look of the bow includes four projector beam lights and a scalloped front swim platform, which also works as a hatch to conceal the telescoping beach ladder and a neat compartment for the anchor and rode. A pair of steps leads you into the bow and conceals access to the built-in beverage cooler below.

Seating Galore

The Escape is all about taking friends and family out on the water, so you’ll find two conversation areas, one at the bow and one in the cockpit. Up front, semi-circular seating and sculpted upholstery lend comfort while a removable snack table offers refreshment. Convenient grab handles, a pair of dual cone speakers, four cup holders and ample storage under the hinged seat bottoms, accessorizes the bow. Additionally, filler cushions can be swapped for the table to provide tanning space for up to four people.

In the cockpit, wraparound seating is available for the rest of the gang, along with a second snack table. Here you’ll find the seat bottoms flip up and offer a good amount of storage and access to the removable beverage cooler. To starboard is the transom walkthrough, which provides easy access to the boat’s swim platform.


The Escape 254 incorporates some basic necessities needed for a great day boat, like a port side compartment with 49 inches of headroom and an easy to clean fiberglass liner. A portable toilet comes standard, which can also be upgraded with a flush unit and holding tank. Just forward of the head compartment is a topside micro-bar that offers a fresh water sink and a small counter top for preparing snacks. Bringing up the rear of the boat is the aft swim platform. Loaded with features, the stern has two self draining lockers, a boarding ladder, high quality hardware throughout, plus a raw-water shower.

From the Driver's Seat

I have always been a big fan of Larson’s seats, and the captain and companion buckets support my continued admiration. A curvaceous helm houses Faria gauges, toggle switches with circuit breakers and a tilt sport wheel. The skipper can also access the stereo controls via a remote that’s mounted at the helm. My only concern here is the limited space for your feet at the helm because of a molded stereo speaker housing. The companion side suffers too somewhat in terms of extended legroom, as there is no place to prop your feet against other than the head compartments door.

Despite the minor lack of extended legroom, I found the Escape to be a very functional, well thought out design with abundant space and amenities. Handling was precise and the boat exhibited no difficulties in maneuvering, not even at the dock. This can be partially contributed to the dual, counter-rotating props that come standard on the Escape.

Larson Escape 254 I/O Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Larson Escape 254 I/O is 48.6 mph (78.2 kph), burning 23.9 gallons per hour (gph) or 90.46 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Larson Escape 254 I/O is 30.9 mph (49.7 kph), and the boat gets 3.11 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.32 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 165 miles (265.54 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 1 x 320-hp MerCruiser 6.2L MPI sterndrive.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

Standard and Optional Equipment

Larson Escape 254 I/O Standard and Optional Equipment
CD Stereo Standard AM/FM/CD and 6 month SIRIUS satilite radio subscription
Head: Portable Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard Snap-in carpet
Swim Ladder Standard
Transom Door Standard
Transom Shower Standard
Wet bar Standard
Bimini Top Optional
Cockpit Cover Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Larson Escape 254 I/O Warranty

Larson Escape 254 I/O Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.
Hull Warranty
Years Lifetime
Engine Warranty
Years 5 years, but outboard and diesles not included
Powertrain Warranty
Years 5 years
Accessories Warranty
Years 5 year trailer and boat component warranty
NMMA Certification Yes

Larson Escape 254 I/O Price

Larson Escape 254 I/O Price
Pricing Range $54,857.00
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

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