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2014 Ford Escape SUV - Rating Details

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Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested

2013 Ford Escape SUV (2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 6-speed Automatic)

Driven On 6/26/2012

Ratings Summary

This rating has been carried forward from a prior year because the newer model has no substantial differences.

The all-new 2013 Escape is a big move in the right direction for Ford. One of the Escape's main strengths is a choice of powertrains. But it also scores high marks for its sporty handling manners, well-crafted interior and some cool tech features.
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Performance The turbo four-cylinder gives the Escape rapid acceleration. Unlike many competitors, it never lacks for power. The transmission is a smooth operator, and the manual mode gives easy-to-access engine braking and rev-matched downshifts.
Acceleration
A
The 2.0-liter Ecoboost engine is genuinely powerful. You'll pay at the pump, though. We recorded 20.5 mpg in testing during mixed driving.
Braking
B
Solid, consistent brake performance. The Escape was very stable during our panic-simulation ABS stops.
Steering
B
Typical electric-assist, artificial steering feel, which is the norm these days. Still, there's enough information here to make prudent decisions.
Handling
B
AWD Escapes benefit from a torque-splitting center differential and active torque biasing, which make the Escape a capable handler as well as a solid all-weather choice.
Driveability
B
No problems here. Smooth throttle delivery, relatively supple automatic transmission. Intuitive and lacking any obvious deficiencies.
B
Comfort Overall comfort is good in the Escape. Its ride is amply compliant even though it's one of the better-handling SUVs in the segment.
Seating Comfort
B
We like the Escape's seats, as they provide all-day comfort. Heating (optional on some trim levels) is a nice touch.
Ride Comfort
B
The Escape has a surprisingly comfy ride. Surprising because it trades off very little in the way of ride quality in return for its excellent handling.
Quietness
B
The Escape's turbo four-cylinder is much quieter than some competitors, especially at wide-open throttle.
B
Interior For the most part the interior makes sense and is easy to use. It's loaded with features (on the Titanium trim level). Good material and assembly quality.
Ergonomics
B
Ford has made it a point to place commonly used controls in reach and in sight, and it shows in the Escape just like it does in the Focus.
Ingress/Egress
B
The seat height in the Escape is just right. Like most minivans, there's no bending down to get in.
Space/Room
B
We had no fitment problems within either the front or back seats, but there isn't a sense of spaciousness in the Escape like there is in the roomier Honda CR-V.
Visibility
B
Front and rear visibility are only average. The Escape is definitely not as airy or as easy to see out of as some of its competitors.
Cargo/Storage
B
The fold-flat 60/40-split rear seats enhance cargo area. But the Escape doesn't have a cargo-mounted seatback release.
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B
Value Fully loaded, the EcoBoost Escape is over $30,000, but is packed with features you'd expect at that price, including AWD.
Build Quality (vs. $)
B
Build quality is as good as one can expect in a vehicle in this price range. Materials appear durable and well put together.
Features(vs. $)
B
You'll pay for them, but safety and technology features are available and abundant on the new Escape.
Cost
C
Be careful when checking option boxes on the Escape. You can quickly run up the bill. Still, it's a lot of (small) SUV for the money.
MPG
D
All that power and torque means the Escape's fuel economy suffers relative to less powerful competitors.
Warranty
B
The Escape offers average warranty coverage: 3 years/36,000 miles basic, 5 years/60,000 miles powertrain.
Ownership
B
Owners will appreciate the roadside assistance coverage of 5 years/60,000 miles.
B
Fun To Drive If there's any such thing as a fun-to-drive crossover, this is it. Ample power, a real transmission and good handling.
Driving Experience
B
Quick, grippy, well-mannered and reasonably practical. Hard to beat that.
Personality
B
Attractive styling, good power and practical as a family car, there are lots of reasons to like the new Escape.
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