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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
7.4
Out of 10

Based on 242 Ratings for the 2013 - 2017 models.

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  • Value
    7.3/10
    Quality
    7.6/10
  • Reliability
    7.9/10
    Performance
    8.1/10
  • Comfort
    7.8/10
    Styling
    7.8/10

Best car ever, great performa,comfort, and handlin

By on Saturday, April 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,200

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Performance, comfort, quiet"

Cons: "none"

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

"This is a great car. Never had any problem, always runs great. Performance is unbelievable, it handles great, is comfortable, and runs quietly even at highway speeds. Ford really has a winner here."

Love It

By on Friday, April 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Reviewed multiple SUV's and test drove the Honda CRV and the Nissan Rogue to compare. SOOO glad to to find my Ford Escape Titanium 2.0. Drives a little sporty while being very comfortable. I'm 5'3 and my husband is over 6' we both are comfortable with this vehicle. Ford has more bells and whistles than others. Only one minor mention, slight road noise."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great riding car.

By on Saturday, April 09, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Response is great"

Cons: "Only holds one set of golf clubs"

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

"Traveled up North and back. Had great experience. Very comfortable and very responsive car. Great value. Have had 3 Escapes but always buy Ford"

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

In garage 6 times problems not corrected

By on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,500

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Nice car if it operated correctly."

Cons: "Car is worthless not working properly."

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

"This car sucks, dealership and Ford will not stand behind. I will never own another Ford. Probably have to trade as quick as possible, but going to lose my shirt."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

The best vehicle I've ever owned!

By on Friday, March 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "power, good looks, BLIS, SYNC, power tailgate"

Cons: "no disable feature on kick-to-open tailgate"

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

"Although I have only had my 2016 Escape for 3 months, I absolutely love it! I have the Titanium 4WD model with the BLIS option. I have been warned twice already as I started to signal a lane change with a vehicle in the blind spot! I love this feature!!! I have to point out a BIG error in the Kelley Blue Book review. I have the factory trailer-towing option and the hands-free tailgate DOES WORK! You DON'T lose that feature when you get the trailer hitch from the factory! My only slight nit-pick is that after opening the tail gate with your foot, you need to be careful when unloading items - your foot may trigger the tail gate to close! When it does, a light pressure (against the top of your head) causes it to stop, so it's safe but a bit annoying. I wish there was a feature to disable it while unloading - perhaps press and hold the close button for 2 seconds. Ford should be able to put this into a software update... :-)"

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Carpet difficult to vacuum up sand.

By on Sunday, March 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Miles around town is 15.7 disappointing."

Cons: "2014 model I paid $36,000 at dealer with 750 miles"

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

"Mileage is terrible around town. Electronics sometimes work and sometimes not to open the doors or lock. GPS is not updated and gives wrong directions sometimes. Has you go in circles- shut off and drive with you own directions. Difficult to clean the front dash. Can't reach to clean- too deep to the windshield. Commercial vacuums can't pick up sand from the carpet. Certainly not what I expected for the $36,000 I paid."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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