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2014 Ford Escape

2014 Ford Escape

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$6,604 — $17,008 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
25-26 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Interior quality
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Automated parking option
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Instrument panel

The Bad

  • Cheap-looking plastic along wheel arches
  • Many unlabeled buttons on base model
  • MyFord Touch option is controversial
  • High center console
2014 Ford Escape exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2014 Ford Escape
  • Newly standard backup camera
  • Seats five
  • Choice of three engines
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Front- or all-wheel drive

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2014 Ford Escape Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2014 Ford Escape?

The 2014 Ford Escape is a five-seat compact SUV that competes with the Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Equinox and Toyota RAV4. Trim levels include the S, SE and Titanium. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available on SE and Titanium trims.

What's New on the 2014 Ford Escape?

The 2014 Escape now comes standard with a backup camera, and a hands-free power liftgate is offered with the Class II towing package.

How Does the 2014 Ford Escape Compare to Other Compact SUVs?

Since its 2013 redesign, the Escape has been a much stronger competitor than it had been for many years. An optional turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is a standout in terms of both performance and fuel economy. With this engine, the Escape manages up to 23/31 mpg city/highway, which is better than the Chevrolet Equinox (22/31 mpg) and Honda CR-V (23/30 mpg). While the Edge's fuel economy is bested by the Mazda CX-5 (26/32 mpg), Mazda's compact SUV offers significantly less power.

Where the 2014 Escape stands out for the wrong reason is road noise. It's noticeably noisier than both the Chevy Equinox and the Honda CR-V on a variety of surfaces. To be fair, though, it's less intrusive than the comparatively loud Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage.

The interior is also spacious, with shoulder room (56 inches) and hip room (54.8) in the ballpark of both the CR-V (58.6 and 54.5) and Equinox (55.8 and 54.6). Maximum cargo space is similarly competitive, with the Escape offering up to 67.8 cubic feet — less than the CR-V (70.9) but more than the Equinox (63.7) and CX-5 (64.8). The Toyota RAV4 leads the class in cargo space by offering up to 73.4 cubic feet.

What Features in the 2014 Ford Escape are Most Important?

The 2014 Escape comes standard with a 168-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. There are two optional engines: a 173-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder and a 231-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available on SE and Titanium models.

Significant standard features include 17-inch wheels, air conditioning, a backup camera, a split-folding backseat and cruise control. Significant available features include MyFord Touch with an 8-inch touchscreen, a hands-free power liftgate, a panoramic moonroof, leather upholstery, a Class II trailering package, and an active park assist system that automates parallel parking.

Standard safety features include antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, and both front and side-impact airbags for the front seats. A blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert is optional.

Should I Buy the 2014 Ford Escape?

The 2014 Ford Escape is a good choice for shoppers who value a high-quality interior and convenient parking-assist features. Also notable is its just-right 1.6-liter engine, which offers strong power and efficiency in addition to its competitive interior space. However, the Escape's cheap-looking plastic along the wheel arches and unlabeled buttons on the high center console might turn off some shoppers.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
416 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

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(1.0)

Very disappointed, I will never reccomend this veh

by Hot stuff from Lakeland on May 22, 2020

Very disappointed. Major problems. Bought used with 30,000 miles. Needed new motor by 70,000 miles. And transmission. At less than 40,000 miles needed head gasket. Read full review

(4.0)

Very reliable vehicle and good fuel economy.

by Dave & Shelley's Escape from Clinton Township, MI. on May 16, 2020

We have owned this vehicle more than 4 years. We frequently change the oil, have the injectors cleaned / serviced each couple of years. Very good tire, and the front & rear brakes have been replaced. ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2014 Ford Escape currently has 13 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Ford

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Escape received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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