2014 Ford Escape Review

March 11, 2014
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Convenience, storage and sporty handling. If these are your criteria in choosing an SUV for your family, the 2014 Ford Escape matches your needs. It received a total redesign last year so changes for this year’s model are minimal.

NEW FOR THE 2014 ESCAPE

  • standard rearview camera and Sync on all models
  • 2.0-liter turbo engine no longer standard on Escape Titanium
  • discontinuation of the SEL model

UNDER THE HOOD

A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine sits under the hood of the 2014 Ford Escape S. It releases 168 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque. The SE and Titanium models have a 1.6-liter turbocharged four that produces more power at 178 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque is optional.

The 2014 Escape can be a front-wheel or an all-wheel drive, except the S model. All models are standard with a six-speed automatic transmission.

City

Highway

Combined

Escape 2.5L FWD

22 mpg

31 mpg

25 mpg

Escape 1.6L FWD

23 mpg

32 mpg

26 mpg

Escape 1.6L AWD

22 mpg

30 mpg

25 mpg

Escape 2.0L FWD

22 mpg

30 mpg

25 mpg

Escape 2.0L AWD

21 mpg

28 mpg

24 mpg

ON THE ROAD

The 2.5-liter engine that goes only with the S model is average. The 1.6L and 2.0L turbocharged engines deliver more power and allow for more spirited driving. Many reviewers agree that the 2.0L engine is the most satisfying among the three available engines. But consumers are most likely to be content with the 1.6L which gives enough power to move the SUV and delivers good fuel economy. The 2.0L, though, is effortless on mountainous roads. The 1.6L may require more effort. Nevertheless, both engines are smooth and quiet.

The Ford Escape handles sportily and provides good traction in turns, thanks to its responsive steering and the intelligent all-wheel drive system. No wonder it is considered as one of the small crossovers in the industry with better handling. Ride comfort isn’t compromised as it stays stable even on bumpy roads.

INSIDE THE 2014 ESCAPE

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The cargo space, which measures from 34.3 to 68.1 cubic feet, is just average compared with the other vehicles in the segment. But you’ll love how the liftgate can be opened: By just waving your foot under the rear bumper while having the key in your pocket, the liftgate, which Ford calls “kickgate”, will open. That’s very helpful especially when you’re carrying stuff with your two hands.

There is also plenty of legroom and headroom all around the Escape’s cabin. Roominess is not an issue. Seats are comfortable and storage spaces are adequate. The design looks good. But some reviewers do not like the MyFord Touch system which is not really user-friendly, slow to respond, and sometimes has glitches.

KEY FEATURES

The 2014 Ford Escape has three models namely, the S, SE and Titanium.

The Escape S is standard with 6-way manual driver seat, cloth seating surfaces, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, SYNC (with voice recognition, steering-wheel-mounted controls, 4.2-inch color LCD display, USB port and auxiliary audio jack), 17-inch steel wheels, 6 cup holders, and keyless entry.

The SE model has 10-way power driver seat, unique cloth upholstery, chrome interior door handles, compass, 8 cup holders, satellite radio, 17-inch aluminum wheels, fog lights, chrome exterior accents, and automatic headlights.

The top-of-the-line Escape Titanium features driver memory function, remote start, leather seats, 10-speaker Sony audio system with HD radio, auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, upgraded SYNC (includes 8-inch touchscreen, 2 USB ports, audio/video jacks and SD card reader), 18-inch aluminum wheels, hands-free liftgate, and reverse sensing system.

Some of the options include 19-inch aluminum wheels, cargo area protector, floor mats, voice-activated navigation system, power sunroof, and Titanium Technology Package (includes forward sensing system, bi-xenon headlights, active park assist, blind spot information system and rain-sensing wipers).

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