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2014 Ford Escape

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2014 Ford Escape Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.8

With last year's total makeover, the 2014 Ford Escape compact crossover SUV became one of the segment's leaders in styling, fuel efficiency and forward-looking technology. Highlights include a choice of impressive engines, athletic suspension tuning and an updated version of the MyFord Touch infotainment system. One feature everyone will show off is the power liftgate they can open and close, even with an armload, by waving a foot under the rear bumper. Shoppers may look elsewhere if their top priorities are low price and sheer interior space, but the 2014 Ford Escape is a must-see for everyone else. That's why we named it one of the 10 Best SUVs Under $25,000 for 2014.

You'll Like This Car If...

Get-noticed styling, great fuel economy and a powerful technology package are three good reasons you might find the Ford Escape is just what you want in a small crossover.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you and your passengers like to have plenty of room to stretch out, or if you will really emphasize the utility side of compact sport-utility ownership, you might find the Escape comes up a little short for your liking.

What's New for 2014

After its complete character overhaul last year, the Ford Escape gets no significant changes for 2014, just a few minor revisions to equipment and packages.

Driving the Escape

Driving Impressions The Ford Escape is the sporty compact car of compact SUVs – a title it shares with the Mazda CX-5. Ford has done well to infuse several of its recent...

passenger-car offerings with European-like driving dynamics and feel, and the new Escape also benefits from that effort. With its new-last-year 240-horsepower engine, the Escape runs away from most everything else in its class. Those same characteristics that create the fun factor also help make the Escape easy and pleasant to drive to the store and the office. The 1.6- and 2.0-liter EcoBoost engines are terrific, both delivering smooth, ready thrust around town, effortless cruising on the highway and – especially the 2.0 engine – plenty of passing power. This may not be the segment's softest-riding entry, but most will find it plenty comfortable. Overall, the 2014 Ford Escape is arguably the best-driving compact SUV on the market today.

HANDS-FREE LIFTGATE
Approach the Escape with your arms full of shopping bags, potted plants or power tools and a simple wave of your foot beneath the rear bumper powers the liftgate open automatically. It's Escape sign language for "open sesame."

MYKEY
Parents can designate a key that will limit top speed, limit audio volume or even disable the audio system altogether if the seatbelts are not buckled. Big Brother can be good or bad, depending on your point of view.

2014 Ford Escape Details
Interior

The inside of the 2014 Ford Escape boasts an impressive display of materials, design and available features. You won't pass it off as a mid-size SUV, though, because the Escape's interior is less spacious than others in the category.

Exterior
2014 Ford Escape photo

Like some others in the compact SUV segment now, the 2014 Ford Escape shows a strong sense of style. Exterior highlights that distinguish upper-tier Escape models include HID headlamps, fog lights, body-color mirrors and trim, dual chrome exhaust tips and big 19-inch wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base 2014 Ford Escape S features a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine matched with a 6-speed automatic transmission, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/Aux sound system, air conditioning, audio and cruise controls on the steering wheel, the parent-friendly MyKey system, and a full complement of airbags and electronic safety features. Base-model compromises include covered steel wheels and black plastic exterior trim elements.

Optional Equipment

A fully loaded 2014 Ford Escape Titanium comes with enough cool features to embarrass many luxury cars. In addition to a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, 4-wheel drive, leather seats and a panoramic moonroof, a top-tier Escape offers blind-spot warning, automatic parallel parking, an 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, Sync with MyFord Touch, and a liftgate that opens with a wave of your foot. You could get an Acura RDX for the same money, but you wouldn't have as many fun features to play with.

Under the Hood

The 2014 Ford Escape offers a choice of three engines (unique in the compact SUV class). The 240-horsepower rating of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine looks irresistible, but truthfully, the 178-horsepower 1.6-liter version is still plenty powerful, just as smooth, and more affordable and more efficient in the bargain. The base 2.5-liter engine would probably be fine for many owners but it comes only in the base Escape S, which doesn't look so grand compared to some competitors. All three engines work with a responsive 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control, driving either the front wheels (FWD) or all four (AWD). If you want AWD you'll have to choose one of the EcoBoost engines. And if you want the Escape's full towing capacity of 3,500 pounds, that requires the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine (and note that the towing package eliminates the clever hands-free liftgate option).

2.5-liter 4-cylinder
168 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
170 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA estimated city/highway mpg: 22/31

1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder
178 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm
184 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm
EPA estimated city/highway mpg: 23/33 (FWD), 22/30 (AWD)

2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder
240 @ 5,500 rpm
270 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm
EPA estimated city/highway mpg: 22/30 (FWD), 21/28 (AWD)

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2014 Ford Escape Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.3
Out of 10

Based on 228 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.3/10
    Quality
    7.5/10
  • Reliability
    7.9/10
    Performance
    8.0/10
  • Comfort
    7.8/10
    Styling
    7.8/10

Not my like my Fusion

By on Friday, January 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
4/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"The vehicle has a weird blind spot making it hard to see as the driver when looking to your right. Not good gas mileage, engine light is on all of the time even after service it pops up again. Doesn't warm up as fast as the Fusion. Fits my lifestyle for camping but the gas mileage is a killer. Wouldn't buy again."

little hotrod

By on Monday, January 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fun to drive"

Cons: "20-22 mpg but could do a little better ..."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"review said LITTLE HOTROD before i got mine and i got 2.0 never sorry as i hear 1.6s had problems ,, but not this titanium... love it to death.... dont buy smaller engine to save 1-2 mpg... highly recommend titanium w/ all ammenities...."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

3 year lease - might just buy it.

By on Saturday, January 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Economical and functional - easy and safe to drive"

Cons: "Dangerous override of engine functionality"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Overall very satisfied. More of a wife car than a husband car, but I was comfortable driving on the rare occasion - and I am 6'6". The only complaint I have is that this car shuts down to a max of 5 miles per hour and then stops altogether when it is just slightly low on coolant in the overflow reservoir. This is very dangerous for the driver if in an area far from help, or worse yet if driving through an unsafe area. This can be remedied by adding a cup of water, but this is a very poor design."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

A lot of SUV for the money.

By on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Handling, auto rear hatch and power."

Cons: "No collision avoidance system."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I think this SUV is the right size for seniors and handles very well. It has plenty of power and handles with a European engineered felling. The auto rear hatch is a big plus and cargo area works good for us. I purchased the 2016 Titanium 2.0 engine with several options( List $36,000).Have looked for 4 months at several brands but this one works for us. It has utility and performance in a nice size package."

10 people out of 13 found this review helpful

If a compact SUV fits your needs, this is the one!

By on Monday, January 04, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable, fun to drive, great in the snow"

Cons: "Fuel economy, small back seat for adults"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought a new 2016 Ford Escape SE 4WD. Added the cold weather package (heated seats and all-weather floor mats). Only put 1000 miles on it so far, but very happy with the purchase. Went from a 2007 Explorer and was concerned with the downsize and how it would do in the snow. Had it in 6 inches this morning and it handled it easily. A little lighter and lower than the Explorer, but very capable. Plenty of power and love the interior and options. Sync system is much better than prior generations. Only complaint would be gas mileage. Window sticker said 23 city and 30 highway. I average 23.4 mpg and my commute is all highway."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Fun to drive, plenty of features

By on Friday, January 01, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fun to drive, more room than you would think"

Cons: "Small fuel tank, inconsistent sound system"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I was torn between an F150, the Edge, and the Escape. The Escape was a blast to drive on the test drive so I ended up getting one. I love LOVE how it feels to drive. It's quick, nimble, and responsive. The sport mode is a blast and reminded me of a Mini but far more practical to drive. My only complaint is the sound system is...off. There seems to be a gap between mid range and the treble. It just sounds hollow and empty. The drums sound terrible off a Foo Fighters album. The driving range isn't the best because of the 15.1 gallon tank. Another gallon would have really helped the miles between fill ups. The technology is great though. The remote start, the sun roof, the power lift gate, and heated seats make it feel like a luxury car instead of an SUV. Another thing is the view from the drivers seat is nothing like I've driven before. It feels like a cockpit and you can see the road very very well."

10 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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