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2014 Ford Escape

$8,034 — $21,622 USED
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

Our Take

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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2014 Ford Escape Overview

by Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The popular Ford Escape competes with the Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, to name just a few in the crowded ... Read More

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
337 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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(5.0)

Great Car For The Money

by Nan Ford Fun from Clifton Heights, Pa on November 10, 2018

Traded my 1998 Explorer for the 2014 Escape and couldn't be happier. It was a great downgrade for me. I got everything I wanted in this car and the value is unreal. Wouldn't own anything but a Ford. ... Read full review

(5.0)

Reliable and dependable

by Grandma Val from Muskegon, mi on November 9, 2018

Love the looks and size of this suv. Can't wait to start driving up north and taking grandkids for rides. Just the right SUV for me. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2014 Ford Escape currently has 13 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 Ford Escape S

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
poor
Lower leg/foot
acceptable
Overall evaluation
poor
Retraints and dummy kinematics
marginal
Structure and safety cage
poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
poor
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Evaluation
poor
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
marginal
Structure and Safety Cage
poor
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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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