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2014 Ford Escape SUV - Rating Details

B
Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested

2014 Ford Escape SE SUV (1.6L 4-cyl. Turbo FWD 6-speed Automatic)

Driven On 6/10/2014

Ratings Summary

The 2014 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.
B
Performance The smaller turbo four-cylinder gives the Escape adequate acceleration. Like competitors, it sometimes lacks power. The transmission is a smooth operator, and the manual mode gives easy-to-access engine braking and rev-matched downshifts.
Acceleration
B
The 1.6-liter, 173-horsepower Ecoboost engine is acceptably powerful and merely matches its competitors in this regard. Engine can feel strained.
Braking
B
Solid, consistent brake performance. The Escape was very stable during our panic-simulation ABS stops. In everyday driving, the brakes offer linear response and feel.
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
FWD Escapes match their AWD counterparts in terms of handling prowess. The Escape is capable and confident and the stability-control system doesn't hurt ultimate grip or poise.
Driveability
B
No problems here. Smooth acceleration, 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
Commonly used controls are in reach and intuitive. Optional MyFord Touch infotainment and navigation interfaces are less successful.
Ingress/Egress
B
The seat height in the Escape is just right. Like most minivans, there's no bending down to get in, even though the Escape is a small crossover.
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, parking sensors are optional. 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 and optional foot-activated power liftgate enhance the cargo area to 68 cubic feet -- only marginally less than the class leader.
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B
Value Fully loaded, the EcoBoost escape is over $30,000, but is packed with the features -- and AWD -- you'd expect at that price.
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 rear parking sensors and a blind-spot warning system are trim-specific options. The self-parking feature will serve those who hate parallel-parking.
Cost
B
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. Entry-level pricing is easily competitive.
MPG
C
The 1.6-liter FWD Escape is rated by the EPA at 26 mpg combined (23 city/32 highway). We measured 23.9 mpg in combined driving over 620 miles and witnessed 27.2 mpg on our 116-mile highway-heavy test loop.
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 The only compact crossover that's more fun-to-drive than this one is Mazda's CX-5. Still, the FWD 1.6L SE provides modest power, a real transmission and good handling.
Driving Experience
B
Quick enough, grippy, well-mannered and reasonably practical.
Personality
B
Attractive styling, adequate cargo capabilities, and more practical than a family car. There are lots of reasons to like the new Escape.
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