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2014 Ford Escape FWD 4dr S
  • MSRP:
    $23,100

    Invoice Price:$21,772
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  • Fuel Economy:
    22 MPG city / 31 MPG hwy
  • Engine:
    Regular Unleaded I-4, 2.5 L/152
    168 hp @ 6000 rpm
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7.3

2014 Ford Escape FWD 4dr S User Reviews

  • Nice Car...but
    By Sandy/Tony (I am an Owner), Oct. 26, 2014
    I wish I only would have got a 2 year lease rather than a 3 year. You can bet I will do a pull ahead if one becomes available. This is nice car but too small for my liking. The electronics are very co... more
  • 2014 Escape Do Not Like
    By robert (I am an Owner), Oct. 12, 2014
    I have driven Escapes since 08 from the 3.0V6 AWD - 2011 4cyl FWD - Now have a 2014 FWD with 1.6 EcoBoost

    The 2011 4cyl FWD is the best conbination for this vehicle.

    The new 2014 has many item... more
  • Really nice car
    By Nicholas Chiarillo (I am an Owner), Aug. 15, 2014
    Bought this to replace our 2008 Focus (145,000 miles). I wanted more room, but did not want lose the great gas mileage that the Focus delivered. Like the other reviewer, I'm getting 28 mpg. I usually ... more
  • Love my wife's Escape
    By Chris Anderson (I am an Owner), Aug. 02, 2014
    When she lets me, I love to drive her 2014 Escape Titanium 2.0 4WD. She has the new Sunset color w/navigation. I can't say I understand all of the safety and new technology, but I like that is there. ... more
  • Poor gas mileage
    By Brandon Jones (I am an Owner), Oct. 12, 2014
    Let's make it clear - the Ford Escape's gas mileage is really bad considering all the other car manufacturers out there are pushing highly efficient cars. The Escape looks good and does everything a c... more

2014 Ford Escape Overview

The 2014 Ford Escape is offered in S, SE and Titanium trims, with three different engines and with most models offered with a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Base S models are only offered with front-wheel drive, and they come with a 168-horsepower, 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. The SE offers a 178-horsepower, 1.6L turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine. On SE and Titanium models offer an available 2.0L turbocharged EcoBoost four that makes a V6-like output of 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.

Both EcoBoost 4-cylinder engines have direct injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing, (Ti-VCT), which helps produce more power while also being more fuel-efficient. EPA ratings range up to 23 mpg city, 33 highway with the 1.6L and 22/30 with the 2.0L. An active grille shutter system also helps fuel economy by improving aerodynamics when extra cooling isn't needed.

All models come with a SelectShift 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control, and several technologies help the Escape not only tackle slick road conditions but also corner better. Curve Control and Torque Vectoring Control help improve stability, while the new "Intelligent" 4WD system in 4WD models uses sensor inputs to actively act to maintain stability, utilizing an electromagnetic clutch system to send power to the wheels where traction is needed most.

Although off-roading isn't how most Escape buyers will use the SUV, it can handle gravel roads and modest forest trails just fine; and when properly equipped, it can tow up to 3,500 pounds. On all models, 4-wheel disc brakes provide strong stopping power, while an electric rack-and-pinion steering system is precise and well-weighted.

The Escape's rakish design doesn't get in the way of interior space either. The model has supportive bucket seats in front with a good view out, as well as space for three across in back. There's a generous 34.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the back seat--thanks to a low, 2-position cargo floor--and that can be expanded to 68.1 cubic feet by flipping forward the second row seatbacks.

Escape S models come with a generous list of features for a base model, including air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, remote keyless entry, steering-wheel audio controls, cruise control, power windows and mirrors, MyKey, a 6-speaker audio system, and a rearview camera system. The SE model adds upgraded exterior trim, a center console with arm rest, dual chrome exhaust, a keyless entry keypad, Sirius Satellite Radio compatibility, fog lamps, upgraded upholstery, a 10-way driver's seat, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Then on the top-of-the-line Titanium, you get remote start, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, silver roof rails, ten-speaker Sony audio, MyFord Touch, a media hub with SD card reader and video inputs, a garage-door opener, 18-inch alloys, rear parking sensors, heated side mirrors and more.

The available MyFord Touch is a touch-screen-based system for connectivity and infotainment that allows the pairing of a smartphone or media player for phone calls, music, navigation and vehicle settings all through the touch screen, steering wheel controls or voice commands.

An active park assist system will 'see' a parallel parking space and actually steer the vehicle into the spot while the driver modulates the accelerator and brake. The BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert prevents accidents by helping the driver spot other unseen vehicles. An available hands-free tailgate system only requires that the drive 'kick' their foot under the rear bumper.

2014 Ford Escape Model Changes

The Escape SEL model has been discontinued for 2014, leaving S, SE and Titanium trims. The 1.6L EcoBoost engine is now standard on the Titanium, while the Titanium gets some additional standard equipment, including new 18-inch machined aluminum wheels, silver roof rails, grille radiator shutter, the power liftgate and a power converter. SE models gain a new 10-way power driver seat and SYNC is now standard on the base S.

The rear power outlet has been deleted from the Titanium, and the Parking Technology Package is no longer offered. Otherwise in options, Active Park Assist has been included with the Titanium Technology Package, which also includes HID headlamps, BLIS, and rain-sensing wipers and the SE Convenience Package now includes MyFord Touch and Rear Parking Aid Sensors.

2014 Ford Escape Value

Back for a second year after a radical redesign, the 2014 Ford Escape doesn't bear any likeness to the model it replaced-- it's a sleek, rakish, modern design, yet surprisingly roomy inside. Also surprising is how well the Escape responds and handles--as if it were a sport wagon. Escape's powertrains are standouts in this class, both offering more power than you get elsewhere plus excellent fuel economy. In terms of tech features, between MyFord Touch, an active park assist system and active-safety features like BLIS, the Escape stands far apart from more plainly presented crossover wagons.

2014 Ford Escape Strengths

Stronger performance and better handling than other small affordable crossovers; excellent MyFord Touch connectivity; excellent fuel economy; rakish exterior and fashionable cabin; impressive maneuverability; spacious interior


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