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2014 Ford Escape

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$23,100

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

SUV

Body style

25

Combined MPG

5

Seating capacity

178.1” x 66.3”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

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

3 trims

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Notable features

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

2014 Ford Escape review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior 4.3
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value 4.2
  • Exterior 4.5
  • Reliability 4.3
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Most recent consumer reviews

1.0

So I have a 2014 Ford escape ,I loved this car ,until it

So I have a 2014 Ford escape ,I loved this car ,until it started running hot and when I shift it will either over accelerate or will not go at all I almost got killed in the middle of a stall out in a busy intersection I took it for recalls and they called to come get it ,said it was fixed I almost died seeing a lawyer soon..

5.0

Good reliability 144k

Purchased this car used in 2017 with 42k on it. Currently at 144k has the 2.0l and AWD. I’ve switched immediately to full synthetic, done coolant flushes, and changed all fluids. We have 2 Escapes now 14/16 both with 2.0 and AWD. Love them. We do the preventative maintenance. Hopefully we hit 300k. Most of my previous vehicles have done 266k and 400k.

3.0

Highly disappointed in the 2014 Ford Escape SE!

I bought the 2014 Ford Escape brand new in November 2013. I loved everything about it until September 2022, when the engine coolant light kept coming on. At this time, I had approximately 45,000 miles on it. I only averaged 5000 miles per year as my job was close to home, worked from home sometimes, plus I stayed in mostly during the pandemic. I even drove it relocating from MO to GA in 2021. After taking it to a dealer repair several times (mostly no charge and just topping off fluids), in November 2023 it turns out the engine was failing. I did have a repair to the coolant system once but I believe the engine was failing during that year and it wasn't showing up in the codes. A brand new engine (parts and labor) was quoted at about $14,000 with a 3 year warranty! I declined as the warranty wasn't long enough and that price is half of a new car. Plus that's more to repair than the KBB value of the car ($8,000). So I traded it in (got maximum) and bought a new car (different make and model) instead. My research showed numerous issues with these Ecoboost engines and I didn't find any recalls. There's no way that a car with less than 52,000 miles should have an engine go out! I took care of it and stayed on schedule with maintenance too. I had planned on taking to 100,000 miles, but only less than 52,000 in 10 years!

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Safety

Based on the 2014 Ford Escape base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
4
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
4
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
4
Overall rating
4
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
19.1%
Rollover rating
4
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Blue
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Fords and many non-Ford vehicles up to 10 years old with less than 150,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty
Powertrain
Available
Dealer certification required
139-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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