2014 Ford Escape SE 

  • $26k
  • 1.6L
  • 23 city 32 hwy
7.5 Out of 10
Get-noticed styling, great fuel economy and a powerful technology package are three good reasons you might find the Ford Escape is just what you want in a small crossover.
by KBB (May, 2013)
The power delivery and quantity of the 1.6 EcoBoost is roughly equivalent to competitors' naturally aspirated 2.4- and 2.5-liter engines.
by MotorTrend

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Reviews Word on the street for the Ford Escape

The Escape SE includes a 1.6-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine with direct injection.

Of Ford's five-seat SUVs, the Escape is the smaller one; the five-seat Ford Edge is midsize.

Shoppers may look elsewhere if their top priorities are low price and sheer interior space, but the 2014 Ford Escape is as a must-see for everyone else.


8.2 Out of 10

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The most powerful model, the 2.0-liter turbo four, is listed at 22/30 mpg, and it's effectively a replacement for the old V-6 engine option.
by The Car Connection (May, 2014)
The 1.6- and 2.0-liter EcoBoost engines are terrific, both delivering smooth, ready thrust around town, effortless cruising on the highway and – especially the 2.0 engine – plenty of passing power.
by KBB (May, 2013)
Only ten percent of Escapes will come with this engine-primarily fleet vehicles-Ford estimates, and the automaker still hasn't provided us with an extended drive of this version.
by The Car Connection (May, 2014)


The 2014 Ford Escape offers a choice of three engines (unique in the compact SUV class).
by KBB (May, 2013)
The rest of the lineup gets a couple of smaller-displacement, turbocharged engines, sporting direct injection.
by The Car Connection (May, 2014)
Performance is close to that with the base engine, but fuel-efficiency is better; the 1.6 get EPA ratings of 24/33 mpg, trouncing the non-turbo four.
by The Car Connection (May, 2014)


At the top of the Escape lineup for performance is the 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo four, putting out 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque.
by The Car Connection (May, 2014)
Its 86-lb-ft torque deficit relative to the larger powerplant is the likely culprit.
by MotorTrend
The 240-horsepower rating of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine looks irresistible, but truthfully, the 178-horsepower 1.6-liter version is still plenty powerful, just as smooth, and more affordable and more efficient in the bargain.
by KBB (May, 2013)


Cabin appointments rank high in look and feel compared to most other crossovers in this price range, although not everyone will warm to the somewhat plasticky interior, with its cockpit-like instrument panel that robs a bit of space in front and may be seen as overstyled by some.
by The Car Connection (May, 2014)
The overall theme of the instrument panel is upright yet chiseled, contoured, and heavily styled, and it wraps around the front occupants in a swoopy, finely detailed way that makes other compact crossover interiors feel boring.
by The Car Connection (May, 2014)
You won't pass it off as a mid-size SUV, though, because the Escape's interior is less spacious than others in the category.
by KBB (May, 2013)


The 2014 Escape comes with front-wheel drive in nearly all of its forms, but if you're not in the Snow Belt you shouldn't think of all-wheel drive as necessary.
by The Car Connection (May, 2014)
You won't find trucky motions; instead there's a tightly damped ride, and weighty, fast steering that's not too overly blessed with feedback.
by The Car Connection (May, 2014)
Standard curve control limits power to all four wheels to help the Escape stay on a safer path if the driver approaches a corner too quickly, and for 2014, a backup camera system is included.
by The Car Connection (May, 2014)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Ford
Model year 2014
City range 347 miles
Highway range 483 miles
MSRP $26k
Annual cost $7,177

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 4.3 m³
CO2 per car made 0.9 metric ton
Energy per car made 2,449 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 9 kg

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 1.6L
Air compressor None
Fuel Gas
Cylinders I4
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 6-speed Automatic 2WD

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 6 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio Standard
Entertainment system N/A


Cruise control Standard
Front A/C N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof Optional, $1,495
Navigation system Optional, $795
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard


EPA smog score 6
EPA GHG score 7
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.3 g
Combined CO2/mile 343 g
NMOG/mile 0.01 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.06 g
Vapor canisters 1
Vapor canister capacity 125 g
Bleed canisters 0
Catalytic converters 1
Stops the engine instead of idling No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No
Recirculates exhaust gas No
Lifetime CO2 emissions 52 tons

power & handling

Max torque 184 ft-lb @ 2,500 RPM
Max HP 173 HP @ 5,700 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 20.24 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.8 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Trailing arm
Front brakes Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheel width 235 mm
Front wheel diameter 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 55

safety features

Active head restraints No
  1. Head curtain
  2. Knee
  3. Driver
  4. Passenger
  5. Side
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera N/A
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 72.4 in
Front track width 61.5 in
Height 66.3 in
Ground clearance 7.9 in
Length 178.1 in
Wheelbase 105.9 in
Curb weight 3,502 lb
GVWR 4,520 pounds
Tow weight 2,000 pounds
Has a rear spoiler Yes
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 56 ft³
Rear seat room 46 ft³
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