THE 2014 FORD ESCAPE. CROSSOVER(S) UTILITY VEHICLE
The 2014 Ford Escape is one of the better-handling small crossover(s) available and one of the favorite small crossover utility vehicles out there. Thanks to its strong dynamics, useful high-tech features, and an attractive cabin.
The 2014 Escape had some minor adjustments to its feature availability. One of the notable updates was the rearview camera and Sync that are now standard on all trim levels.
The Escape made its way at the top as the best small crossover in a segment full of worthy entries. The car has sharp handling, high-end interior touches and handsome styling that help justify its price tag in this class.
Ford offers three kinds of four-cylinder powertrains on the 2014 Ford Escape. The base model is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which is just perfect for a small crossover that can provide adequate performance. However, what makes the Escape unique in this class are the available 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged engines.
The 1.6-liter engine gives more power and better fuel economy compared to the 2.0-liter engine. The 2.0 makes 240 hp and has a lower EPA fuel economy rating than the smaller 1.6-liter model.
The Escape’s front and rear seats have a lot of head and legroom. The vehicle’s seat padding and bolstering are now comfortable and much firm without being too stiff. However, cargo space in the 2014 model is just average for the segment, falling behind between the CX-5 and the CR-V.
Folding up the rear seats can provide 34.3 cubic feet while folding down the rear seats provides additional space up to 68.1 cubic feet. Another helpful feature about the Escape is its hands-free power liftgate that opens with a wave of a foot that is located under the rear bumper.
In addition, dashboard and center console materials are very attractive, and its overall finish is astonishing. Its steering while is borrowed from the Ford Focus that improves the Escape’s sporty feel while providing useful audio controls.
The 2014 Ford Escape comes in three trim levels; Titanium, SE, and S. Standard and available only on the S will be the 2.5-liter four-cylinder powertrain that produces 168 hp and 167 lb-ft of torque.
The SE and Titanium powertrains come standard with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four cylinder engine that produces 178 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission will come standard. However, all the S are available in either front or all-wheel drive configuration.
When it comes to safety tech, the 2014 Ford Escape is loaded with it. Safety features will include antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, traction and stability control, and the driver knee curtain-type airbags are now standard on the 2014 model. A rearview camera, blind-spot mirrors, and Ford’s MyKey are also standard.
An optional feature on the S and SE is the rear parking sensors but comes standard on the Titanium trim. Optional on the Titanium is the blind-spot warning system with cross-traffic alert.