2014 Ford Escape

MSRP $23,100 - $30,850

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7.7

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2014 Ford Escape Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 2, 2021

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The Escape is Ford's contribution to the ever-growing competitive compact crossover segment that’s hugely growing due to the changing demands of the market. This 5 seater crossover is slotted between the Edge and the bigger cousin, the Explorer, in the Ford lineup. The 2014 Ford Escape rivals the likes of 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander, 2014 Subaru Forester, and 2014 Honda CR-V.

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Pros

Practical spacing and usability

Robust and efficient engine options

Host of updated features

Sporty and chiseled looks

Great chassis set to outperform the competition

Cons

Plasticky interiors might feel a bit cheap

Range-topping Titanium Technology Package can be pricey 

MyFord Touch can be cumbersome to operate

Compromised visibility owing to sporty looks and thick pillars

Scooped out seats to create interior space can make the seats firmer to some

What's New?

More tech on offer than ever before

SEL trim discontinued

Rearview camera and Sync are now standard

Power tailgate added to the list

Full leather interior on Titanium trim

10-way power-adjustable driver seat


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23100

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

123 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

168 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

170 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

105.9 in.

length

178.1 in.

width

72.4 in.

height

66.3 in.

curb weight

3515 lbs.

ground clearance

7.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

67.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/26/31 mpg

highway range

468.1 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

S$23,100 onwards

SE$25,550 onwards

Titanium$29,100 onwards

Colors and Styles

2014 Ford Escape in Deep Impact Blue Metallic color
Deep Impact Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

6.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


The 2014 Ford Escape sports an inline-4 Ecoboost engine aimed at efficient fuel economy while offering a towing capacity of 3,500 lbs. This coupled with a 4 out of 5-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA makes the Escape an excellent choice. Moreover, the top-of-the-line Titanium trim gets a host of updated features like a power tailgate, park assist features, and a bold, sporty, and easily likable sporty design theme.


8.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2014 Ford Escape Features

8.0/10

The 2014 Ford Escape comes in a total of 3 trims, namely S, SE, and Titanium, available in 5 possible combinations. The trims are offered in either FWD or AWD combinations. Powering these trims are the 2.5 Liter Duratec inline-4 or the 1.6L and 2.0L Ecoboost Inline-4 engines. The Titanium trim might be the go-to variant for the people who want all the features on offer. The complete distribution of features across the trims is given in the table below.

Trim

S

SE

Titanium

MSRP (FWD)

$23,100

$25,550

$29,100

MSRP (AWD)

NA

$27,300

$30,850

Key Features

2.5L Duratec I-4 engine

1.6L EcoBoost I-4 engine and

2.0L EcoBoost I-4 engine (optional)

Intelligent Access with Push Button start and remote alarm security system

 

6-way manual driver’s seat and 4-way manual front-passenger seat

10-way powered driver seat and rear seat recline

10-way power driver seats with memory function

 

4.2” LCD display

Compass and outside temperature display

Dual Zone Climate Control

 

Cloth seats

Unique cloth seats

Leather upholstery

 

SYNC with MyFord system with

Privacy glass

Sony Audio with 10 speakers with 8” MyFord Touch display And SYNC services.

 

17" steel wheels with Sparkle Silver-painted wheel covers 

Optional 18" chrome alloy finish wheels

18" Sparkle Nickel-painted aluminum wheels

 

Keyless Entry

Optional Remote Start System

Optional 19" Lustre Nickel-painted aluminum wheels

We Recommend

While the SE trim might not boast the loaded up-to-the-brim tag of the Titanium variant, we strongly feel that this might be the go-to variant for the masses. The SE trim is a massive upgrade from the Base S variant. It comes equipped with the 1.6L Ecoboost inline-4 engine and has a ton of other features as optional extras. For those who can, we recommend opting for the AWD variant for demanding conditions or one of those days when you don’t want to get stuck.

2014 Ford Escape Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2014 Ford Escape has 3 engines on offer. The base 2.5L Inline-4 Duratec engine produces 168 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque, while the 1.6L Inline-4 EcoBoost engine offers a healthy 178 hp and 184 lb.-ft. of torque and is standard on SE and Titanium trims. The hero of the story is the 2.0 Inline-4 EcoBoost engine offering a 240 hp and 270 lb.-ft of torque for those spirited runs when needed and is optional on the Titanium trim. All engine options come mated to a standard six-speed automatic transmission. All trims except the base S trim come in standard FWD configuration, while AWD is available as an option.

All these engines combined with AWD system and Torque Vectoring Control offer a very capable package that can munch miles. One interesting thing to observe while choosing your Ford Escape is the class-exclusive active grille shutters available on all the trims as standard. This features aims on improving the aerodynamics of the car and thus also aids fuel efficiency.

Models

2014 Ford Escape

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

2014 Subaru Forester

2014 Honda CR-V

MSRP

$23,100

$22,995

$22,995

$23,120

Engine 

2.5L Duratec Inline-4

2.4L inline-4

2.5L Boxer H-4

2.4L Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

AWD

FWD

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic with Manual Mode

Sportronic CVT

CVT

5-speed automatic

Power 

168 hp @ 5,000 rpm

166 hp @ 6,000 rpm

170 hp @ 5,800 rpm

185 hp @ 7,000 rpm

Torque

170-lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

162 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm

174 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm

163 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.7

9.4

8.6

8.8

Quarter mile (sec)

17.3 

17.2

16.7

15.1

Top Speed (MPH)

108

108

137

112

The Forester with its 2L Flat four engine is the quickest of the lot, but Escape falls no short of performance with its 8.7 seconds of 0-60 time. The six-speed automatic transmission on the Escape is very adequately tuned that doesn’t let even the 1.6L Ecoboost feel lethargic. With the highest-rated payload capacity of the lot, the Escape ensures that your weekend getaways don’t fall short of that extra camping gear. While the Subaru offers the least payload, it gets the quickest times of the lot. All other vehicles are around the same time on average.

2014 Ford Escape Fuel Economy

6.0/10

While the Ford Escape proves itself in the performance and handling department, it might not be as impressive as other vehicles in the segment with its real-world fuel economy figures. The 2.5 Duratec returns 25 mpg combined with 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The 1.6-liter Ecoboost inline 4 with FWD config returns 26 mpg combined with 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The 2.0-liter Ecoboost inline-4 optional on the SE and Titanium trim returns 25 mpg combined. The AWD variants of the 2014 Escape are rated 1-2 mpg less. The vehicle comes equipped with a 15.1-gallon fuel tank, which puts its driving range over 400 miles on the highway.

Models

2014 Ford Escape

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

2014 Subaru Forester

2014 Honda CR-V

MPG (City)

22 

25

24

23

MPG (Highway)

31

31

32

31

MPG (Combined)

25

27

27

26

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

15.1

16.6

15.9

15.3

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

332/468

415/514

381/509

351/474

The Ford Escape is quite economical to drive when compared to others in the segment. However, both Outlander and Forester outperform Ford in terms of efficiency. Combine that with large fuel tanks, they can easily do 500 miles on highways on a full tank. Although the Escape is the one with the smallest tank, the figures are quite good for real-world driving.

2014 Ford Escape Interior

7.0/10

The S and SE variants of the 2014 Escape feature a cloth interior with slightly detailed graphics on SE trim. You also get an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat with power lumbar support and reclining rear seats in the SE trim. The range-topping Titanium Trim features a full leather interior, while it still misses out on a leather-clad dashboard. Moreover, you can also add dual-zone climate control with the Convenience package, whereas the Leather Comfort package will provide leather upholstery along with heated front seats. 

Also available on offer is a very nifty tech, the power tailgate. When you reach up to the gate with the key in your pocket, you just need to wave your foot near your rear bumper and the gate will open itself. Apart from that, the fit and finish are nice and feel very familiar with every Ford vehicle. The MyFord 8-inch color touch display is updated and in line with modern times. There are also steering mounted controls on offer with an additional 4” panel on the instrument cluster. Although the cargo space on offer is average, when the rear seats are folded up, 34.3 cubic feet of space is available. Folding down the rear seats further expands the space to 68.1 cubic feet.

Models

2014 Ford Escape

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

2014 Subaru Forester

2014 Honda CR-V

Seating Capacity

5

7

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.9/56/43.1

40.6/56.4/40.9

41.4/57/43

39.9/58.6/41.3

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39/55.3/36.8

38.4/56.1/37.3

39.8/56.5/38

38.6/56.4/38.3

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

NA

35.7/50.6/28.2

NA

NA

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

34.3

10.3

34.4

37.2

All cars in the competition can accommodate 5 people as standard, while Mitsubishi Outlander can seat up to seven people, but this eats into the cargo space, and it comes with only 10.3 cu-ft of cargo capacity. This is not adequate in any way for 7 people. The 2014 Honda CR-V is the most spacious of the lot in terms of both interior passenger room and cargo space. Standout interior features include:

  • 8-way power-adjustable driver seat 
  • Reclining rear seats
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Ambient interior lighting

How intuitive is the 2014 Ford Escape’s infotainment?

The S and SE trim on the Ford Escape feature a 4.2-inch panel that supports SiriusXM satellite radio, voice activation, rearview camera, and navigation. The higher Titanium trim features an 8” touch screen LCD display with MyFord tech that gives phone connectivity and navigation features. The Titanium trim also has an optional 10-speaker SONY sound system for the enhanced audio experience. Standout infotainment features include:

  • 8-inch touchscreen with the MyFord Touch electronics interface
  • Sync services
  • Sony 10-speaker sound system
  • Navigation system
  • Satellite radio

2014 Ford Escape Exterior

9.0/10

The 2014 Escape has a wagon-like look with a raked roofline. It might not look like a true-blood off-roading SUV, but it does its job pretty well. There’s a privacy glass on offer on the rear fascia. The design is sporty yet simple enough to carry its big footprint. There are halogen lamps and twin-barrel Bi-Xenon lamps on offer. The 17” and 18” stock wheels are offered with chunky tires to conquer all those unpaved roads and provide a smoother city ride. There are optional 19” inch Nickel finished alloys that give an amazing side profile. Apart from these features, you also get a panoramic sunroof and a power liftgate as you go up the trim level or through optional packages.

Models

2014 Ford Escape

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

2014 Subaru Forester

2014 Honda CR-V

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3515

3274

3346

3305

Length (in.)

178.1

183.3

180.9

178.3

Width (in.)

72.4

70.9

70.7

71.6

Height (in.)

66.3

66.1

66.4

64.7

Ground Clearance (in.)

7.9

8.5

NA

6.3

Wheelbase (in.)

105.9

105.1

103.9

103.1

The Ford Escape is the shortest of the bunch, but it is still heavier than the rest. Its wide-body stance gives it a bulky look too. The CR-V sits a little taller than the others, and this translates to a better interior room. Although the Escape is the shortest crossover in the competition, it manages the longest wheelbase. When comparing the curb weight, the Ford Escape is the heaviest option in the competition. Standout exterior features:

  • Xenon headlights
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Power liftgate
  • 19-inch alloy wheels

2014 Ford Escape Safety

7.0/10

The private safety testing agency IIHS gave the 2014 Escape “Good” safety rating in 4 tests. However, the Ford Escape also got the lowest possible safety rating in the driver and passenger small overlap front tests. The NHTSA gave the 2014 Escape a rating of 4/5 stars in front and rollover crash tests with an overall rating of four stars. Apart from the structural safety, Ford has provided standard and advanced safety features, and some of them are given below:

  • Blindspot monitor
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Parallel park assist
  • Automatic Lights
  • Ford MyKey 

2014 Ford Escape Final Verdict

The 2014 Ford Escape is definitely a practical decision amongst the competition. The interior might be a carryover from other Ford vehicles, but it’s well laid out. The cargo area might just be average, but the interior seating space is comfortable and spacious. The AWD option coupled with the 2L Ecoboost engine makes this a very capable off-road and on-road vehicle. The car might be a highly raked vehicle, but the sharp steering and chassis make it as agile as a car. Also, Ford has paid heed to additional features and options for towing capability to further ease the weekend getaways.

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