2014 Ford Escape

S FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility I4 auto trans

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2014 Ford Escape
2014 Ford Escape

New For 2014

A backup camera becomes standard on all trim levels, a four-way manual passenger seat is standard, and the Titanium model gains full-leather seats as standard. Sunset metallic and karat gold join the list of color choices. There's also a new 18-inch wheel design for the Escape Titanium.

Vehicle Summary

As the Explorer grew steadily larger throughout the 1990s, Ford decided it had space in its lineup for a smaller SUV. The original Ford Escape debuted in 2000 and continued through fall 2011, when Ford introduced the all-new 2013 model at the Los Angeles auto show. The small crossover has bolder, more modern styling than its predecessor, and its more aerodynamically sculpted shape helps achieve excellent fuel-economy ratings. A pair of turbo engines, a self-park feature, and a kick-to-open liftgate highlight the high-tech options list. The Escape has long been one of Ford's top sellers, and it often beating rivals like the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4 in its segment sales race.


The Ford Escape is no longer a box. It now has funky geometric elements, a swept-back nose with squinty headlights, polygonal shapes on the liftgate, and a more aerodynamic raked windshield. The fresh design falls in line with the styling of other Ford vehicles and is among the most attractive in the class. The interior follows a similar trend, mixing colors and intersecting lines to create a very modern design. On the downside, outward visibility isn't the best and the steering wheel is somewhat overloaded with buttons. The Escape's interior is also narrower and smaller overall than those of its rivals.
Nonetheless, the Ford Escape is excellent to drive. A taut suspension, weighty and responsive steering, and supportive seats will keep enthusiastic drivers from getting bored behind the wheel. The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that is offered only with front-wheel drive and should be avoided. Our pick is the 178-hp, 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbo, which provides plentiful power and torque and is EPA-rated for 23/32 mpg. The top option is a 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo, which sacrifices some fuel economy but offers 240 hp and the ability to tow 3500 pounds. The six-speed automatic transmission can be shifted manually, but only by way of an awkward toggle switch on the side of the shifter.
All versions of the Ford Escape are well equipped, but the lengthy options list can add even more appealing toys. A hands-free liftgate pops open when you wave your foot beneath the rear bumper, Active Park Assist can maneuver into a parallel-parking spot automatically, a blind-spot monitor prevents accidents, and Curve Control automatically brakes if the crossover enters a sharp turn too quickly. A full-length panoramic sunroof, heated leather seats, 19-inch wheels, and the MyFord Touch infotainment system ensure that the Escape can keep up with the Joneses, at least in term of gadgets.

You'll like:

  • Fuel-efficient turbo engines
  • Bold styling
  • Fun to drive

You won't like:

  • Modest interior room
  • Outward visibility only OK
  • Titanium trim level is pricey

Key Competitors

  • Honda CR-V
  • Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Toyota RAV4
2014 Ford Escape Rear Drivers Side View Hatch Open
Ford Motor Company saw its sales fall 1.8 percent year-over-year, to 187,000 vehicles sold in November 2014. The slowdown follows a 1.7-percent dip in October sales, which Ford claims was "anticipated" given that inventory of the popular Mustang and F-150 remains low as the automaker switches from producing the outgoing models to the 2015 versions of both cars.
2014 Ford Escape Rear Drivers Side View Hatch Open
Ford Motor Company sold 222,174 cars in August 2014, the company's strongest August result in eight years and an increase of 0.4 percent compared to last year. Ford also noted that figure came from a two percent increase in retail car sales, while the company's sales to fleets (such as rental car agencies) fell six percent.
2014 Ford Escape Front Drivers Side In Motion
It's usually a tug-of-war between the Ford Escape and the Honda CR-V in compact crossover sales, and the Japanese CUV won the battle in April, selling 28,485 units versus the Escape's 24,579 vehicles sold. Per usual, the Chevrolet Equinox finished in the third spot with 20,315 units sold.
2014 Ford Escape Front Right Side
The Ford Escape may have dominated February compact crossover sales, but in March the second-place Honda CR-V was close behind. Ford sold 28,701 Escape crossovers to Honda’s 28,657 CR-Vs– a difference of just 44 units.
2014 Honda CR V Front Right Side
The Ford Escape continued to lead the way in February with 23,145 units, while the Chevrolet Equinox jumped into the second position with 21,587 sold. That left the Honda CR-V on the last spot on the podium, with 20,759 Japanese CUVs sold.

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2014 Ford Escape Specifications

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2.5L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
22 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
31 MPG
168 hp @ 6000rpm
170 ft lb of torque @ 4500rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)

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