2014 Ford Escape Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

With authentically athletic looks and performance balancing out good passenger space, cargo versatility, and loads of high-tech features, the 2014 Ford Escape is attractive to a wide range of buyers.

Just last year, the Ford Escape fled its boxy, SUV-influenced past and became a rakish, sporty, more carlike crossover with crisp handling, potent engines, and even a little more passenger space. The 2014 Escape latches onto that well-received transformation, carrying into 2014 mostly unchanged, although the Escape SEL trim has been dropped.

And there's certainly no need for any change on this model yet. Americans are just noticing—and getting used to—the look of the new Escape. From 2001 to 2012, you'll remember, the Escape did its best impression of the first-generation Explorer, down to the grille and window shapes and even the outdated graining of its interior plastics. This current 2014 Escape is everything but that—a rakish profile and aggressive road-going stance on the outside; sporty, almost cockpit-like layout inside.

The new athletic look of the 2014 Ford Escape is authenticated in its road manners. Outside of the Mazda CX-5, we can't think of a compact crossover in this class that handles as well. And there's plenty of choice in what you want under the hood: Ford turns to a trio of four-cylinders to replace its former four- and six-cylinder engines and the much-loved but discontinued Ford Escape Hybrid. The base engine's a carryover 2.5-liter four meant for fleets, while the mainstream choice is a 178-horsepower, 1.6-liter turbo four with straight-line acceleration competitive with its chief rivals, the Honda CR-V and four-cylinder Toyota RAV4. A 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder leads the charge and can dash to 60 mph in less than eight seconds (making the most of the excellent handling, too). All versions come with a six-speed automatic.

You might think that the sleeker look might mean less passenger space, but that's not the case. Front seats are slim and rather firm, and there's just enough space for adults—just two of them, due to width—to sit in back. The cargo hold's larger, and the back seat folds and flips down its own headrests for better storage space. And you can simply swing your foot below the bumper and a hands-free tailgate option opens and closes the hatch.

Ride quality in the Escape is taut, but not too harsh or busy. Cabin appointments rank high in look and feel compared to most other crossovers in this price range, although not everyone will warm to the somewhat plasticky interior, with its cockpit-like instrument panel that robs a bit of space in front and may be seen as overstyled by some.

The Escape has been quite impressive for safety, but it's quite class-leading. It's earned Top Safety Pick status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), as well as four-star overall ratings (with five stars for side impact) from the federal government, but it earned only a 'poor' rating in the new IIHS small overlap test. For 2014 the list of safety features gets better, with a rear backup camera system standard across the Ford Escape lineup.

Last year's SEL is discontinued, but the top Escape Titanium is even more of a top-of-the-line luxury model than before. For 2014, a Titanium Technology Package is now optional and adds HID Headlamps, a blind-spot system, park assist, and rain-sensing wipers. Other noteworthy features offered in the Escape include an improved but still complex MyFord Touch; a navigation system; HD and satellite radio; Bluetooth with audio streaming; pushbutton start; leather seating; all-wheel drive, with or without a 3,500-pound-rated towing package; and a panoramic sunroof.

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July 14, 2015
2014 Ford Escape FWD 4-Door Titanium

To much electronic gear. Tires and wheels made for style not duribilty.

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Roomy in front seat area. Good handling. Wheels not good in pot hole country.
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May 25, 2015
2014 Ford Escape 4WD 4-Door SE

2014 Ford Escape is a joy to drive that the average family will love!

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2014 Escape has innovative style and features, our 4WD SE has all the equipment we wanted and much more. The only feature it doesn't have is the GPS Navigation, the dealership didn't have a black one with... + More »
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April 29, 2015
2014 Ford Escape FWD 4-Door Titanium

Excellent vehicle with great features

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I have had this car for over a year, and it works great. I haven't had any mechanical/technical issues so far. The fuel economy is decent (22.5 mpg) for this segment, and it is loaded with great features such... + More »
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April 25, 2015
2014 Ford Escape FWD 4-Door S

Base Model with Upscale amenities

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I love my Escape. It's a base model, but you wouldn't know with the features it comes with. Backup camera, Sirius radio. Great power and gas mileage. Plenty of room.
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April 17, 2015
For 2014 Ford Escape

Acomfortable car for an afforadable price

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From an appearance point of view, this SUV does lead the pack although the difference, by itself, is not enough to base a purchase decision on. The combination of available cream color leather seats with a... + More »
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April 13, 2015
For 2014 Ford Escape

sporty suv

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I love my escape its sporty feeling it grips the road very well for a suv and its performance is very outstanding. Wouldn't trade it for any other suv out there.
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October 1, 2016
2017 Ford Escape Titanium 4WD

Roomier,quieter,LOVE Sync 3 with Fordpass!

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I had a 2012 Escape Limited with 4wd and the 3.0l V6. Great little SUV for Michigan winter and 21.5 MPG overall. Pretty much '0' issues, ever. I looked at the 2016 vs the 2017 Escape, and the 2017 with the... + More »
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November 17, 2015
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I have owned a New escape SE for 4 years (20K miles) and it could have been made with better quality materials.

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Mine rattles in several areas. The tire pressure monitor and external temp. monitor constantly show incorrect readings. Fuel consumption significantly exceeds those advertised. Subaru is a significantly better... + More »
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February 9, 2016
2016 Ford Escape 4WD 4-Door SE

nice solid and great handling vehicle

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I like the car a lot more than I thought. The SyncIII is easy to use. Even though it's a 4 banger, it's surprisingly smooth at all engine speeds including idle...would buy it again
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October 26, 2015
2016 Ford Escape 4WD 4-Door Titanium

Ford Escape number 2.

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My last Ford Escape was a 2013. At 25 k miles had to get a new transmission. Covered under warranty had to replaced. No other problems.. Bought the new Ford because of all the new features on 2016 model. Love... + More »
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