2014 Ford Escape Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2014 Ford Escape - Road Test Specs

2014 Ford Escape SUV

(1.6L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Automatic)


Year Make Model2014 Ford Escape SE 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Vehicle TypeFWD 4dr 5-passenger SUV
Base MSRP$26,445
As-tested MSRP$26,445
Assembly locationLouisville, KY


ConfigurationTransverse, front engine, front-wheel drive
Engine typeTurbocharged, direct-injected inline-4, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,596/97
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.1
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)173 @ 5,700
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)184 @ 2,500
Fuel typePremium unleaded (recommended)
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic
Transmission ratios (x:1)I=4.584, II=2.964, III=1.912, IV=1.446, V=1.0, VI=0.746
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.21
Differential(s)Mechanically open with brake-assist torque vectoring


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.2
Tire make and modelContinental ContiProContact
Tire typeAll-season, low-rolling resistance
Tire size235/55R17 99H
Wheel size17 inches
Wheel materialPainted alloy
Brakes, front11.8-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear11-inch one-piece solid cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.9
0-45 mph (sec.)5.2
0-60 mph (sec.)8.7
0-75 mph (sec.)12.7
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.3 @ 83.9
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.4
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.1
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)5.4
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)8.8
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)12.9
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)16.4 @ 83.9
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.5
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)115
60-0 mph (ft.)29
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)62.3
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON64.0
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.83
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.85
Sound level @ idle (dB)44.0
@ Full throttle (dB)74.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)66.5
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,100

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThough it's not powerful, the Escape offers ample torque early in the rev range, which makes leaving the line easy. Minimal power braking generates just-right wheelspin off the line. Beyond that, there's no reason to do anything but hold your foot down and let the transmission do its job. Manual shifting is slower and it shifts at redline in S mode anyway.
Braking commentsUneventful braking, which is good. The Escape stops straight and true without wander. Moderate dive is present but the Escape's brake pedal remains consistent throughout.
Handling commentsSlalom: Moderate body roll is present during hard transitions but communication is good. Limits are modest here thanks to fairly conservative ESC tuning. Still, the Escape is well mannered and lets the driver remain in control. Skid pad: Remarkably good balance here with ESC off, but slower than with it on. This little SUV will rotate off throttle, which makes it fun around the skid pad. With ESC on it will drive right to the limit of the front tires.

Testing Conditions

Test date6/10/2014
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)70.9
Relative humidity (%)66.75
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.66
Wind (mph, direction)1.3, tail and cross
Odometer (mi.)7,479
Fuel used for test87-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)36/36

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)26 combined/23 city/32 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)23.9
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)15.1
Driving range (mi.)483.2

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionSix-speaker AM/FM/SXM/CD audio system
iPod/digital media compatibilityiPod via USB jack, aux jack
Satellite radioOptional Sirius/XM
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,515
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,455
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)59/41
Length (in.)178.1
Width (in.)72.4
Height (in.)66.3
Wheelbase (in.)105.9
Track, front (in.)61.5
Track, rear (in.)61.6
Turning circle (ft.)37.0
Legroom, front (in.)43.1
Legroom, rear (in.)36.8
Headroom, front (in.)39.9
Headroom, rear (in.)39.0
Shoulder room, front (in.)56.0
Shoulder room, rear (in.)55.3
Seating capacity5
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)68.1
behind 2nd row (cu-ft)34.3
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,500
Ground clearance (in.)7.9


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance5 years/60,000 miles

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