2014 Ford Escape S FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility I4 Overview
2014 Ford Escape Overview
For a while, the Ford Escape ruled the roost when it came to compact crossovers. Then, the model started to show its age, and other compact crossovers began passing it by. Finally, Ford responded in 2013 by introducing a new Ford Escape, which recaptured all of the excitement of the early models. That Escape is more or less carried over to 2014, and Ford fans shopping for a new compact SUV should be very happy that that is the case.
The 2014 Ford Escape, like last year’s model, is designed based on the Ford Kuga from Europe and the ever-reliable Ford Focus. It’s got a significant amount of interior room for a compact SUV, a cabin that’s high on style, and a great look. Ford went to great pains to address complaints about the old Ford Escape, such as replacing the unwieldy seat folding system with a one touch lever to get those rear seats out of the way fast, and adding a hands-free power liftgate option to make loading the car easy, even with hands full of groceries.
Other issues, like the lack of a telescoping steering wheel and handling issues at higher speeds, have been addressed successfully as well. The 2014 Ford Escape features three trim levels, the S, the SE, and the Titanium. Gone is the SEL, which had significant overlap with the SE on 2013.
New for 2014
The Ford Escape underwent a major redesign in 2013, so you won’t see many changes in this version, except for the fact that the SEL trim was dropped.
You’ll like the look of the 2014 Ford Escape. It’s got its own sense of style, with an open grille featuring air intakes that’s a far cry from the big, steel horizontal slats that many Ford trucks feature, but it is hip and appealing in its own way. It’s a compact, sporty look that’s fun to show off in the driveway.
The base S model has 17-inch steel wheels and a rear spoiler, while the SE puts in privacy glass and swaps out the steel wheels for painted alloy ones. The Titanium model adds a roof rack, with 18-inch chrome wheels. Standard on the Titanium and optional on the other models is a hands-free power liftgate that allows you to open the back with just a wave of your foot under the bumper. A power panorama roof is also an option.
Interior & Cargo
The 2014 Ford Escape is as stylish and fun on the inside as on the outside. It features lots of high-grade materials and there’s plenty of room for all five passengers. The rear seats now easily fold away thanks to a one touch lever system, and the Sync and MyFord Touch features give the whole cabin a hi-tech feel and create a whole new level of convenience. Standard cargo space is 34. cubic feet, while folding the rear seats gets you up to 68.1 cubic feet, reasonable for a compact crossover.
Features you’ll find in the Ford Escape cabin include full power accessories, bucket front seats, cruise control, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel with audio and cruise controls on the wheel, a rear view camera, six-speaker stereo with CD player and MP3 playback, and destination guidance when Sync is enabled. On the SE, you’ll also get an eight-way power driver seat, reclining rear seats, Sirius satellite radio and iPod/USB connections. At the Titanium level, you get leather upholstery, multi-level heated front seats, dual zone climate control, leather and simulated alloy trim on shift knob and steering wheel, and 10-speaker Sony sound with CD player, MP3, satellite radio and a video monitor.
Safety is key in a compact SUV, so it’s important to note that the 2014 Ford Escape got a highest possible “Good” rating across the board on all four Insurance Institute of Highway Safety tests: frontal offset test, side impact test, roof strength test, and rear crash protection test. Safety features found on the 2014 Ford Escape include four-wheel anti-lock brakes with ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes, integrated blind spot mirrors, full-length curtain airbags, driver knee airbag, front and rear head airbags, and front seat side airbags, stability and traction control, emergency brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, and front seatbelt pretensioners.
While you still won’t be using the Ford Escape for any stunt driving, the driving experience on the 2014 Ford Escape is a big improvement over the previous generation. Handling is much more reliable, and drivers can take those curves and corners with much more ease. The Ford Escape has a smooth ride even in slightly challenging road conditions, especially in all-wheel drive models.
On the S model, you’ll find a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine matched with a six-speed automatic transmission, which gets you 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. Estimated fuel economy is 22/31 mpg city/highway. This model is front-wheel drive only; all other models are front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The other engine option is a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder turbo, which gets you 173 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. On the front-wheel drive model, fuel economy for this engine is estimated at a reasonable 23/33 mpg city/highway.
Key Competitors of the 2014 Ford Escape
- Honda CR-V
- Toyota RAV4
- Kia Sportage
The 2014 Ford Escape has 9 models that range from $23,100 - $23,100. The 2014 Escape is a suv with front wheel drive that gets between 22 mpg (city) - 31 mpg (highway) fuel efficiency using a 2.5L I4 engine. The 2014 Ford Escape has a seating capacity of 5/5, wheelbase is 105.9 inches, cargo capacity of 34.30/67.80 cu.ft., and ground clearance of 7.90 inches. Choose one of the trims like the 2014 S FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility I4 to get specific details on prices, rebates, and warranties.