Review: 2014 Ford Escape

 

The 2014 Ford Escape is the perfect blend of great technology and great choices under the hood.

The 2014 Ford Escape is the perfect blend of great technology and great choices under the hood.

The 2014 Ford Escape arrives at George Waikem Ford with the style and technology that helped it become one of America’s most favorite SUVs.

Ford uses four words in its brochure to describe the Escape: Quality, Green, Safe and Smart. We’ll go over all four further later in the blog, but let’s just say that the Escape is gorgeous, it uses Eco-friendly materials, and the technology is both genius and safe.

The current Escape styling debuted last year, and the public loved it. It often broke sales records in the debut year and often challenged for the top vehicle in its class. In fact many publications made it award winning. The Escape has won Popular Mechanic’s Car of the Year Award among other.

VIDEO: 2014 Ford Escape

When you talk about the Ford Escape, you have to start with technology. One of the most popular technology features on the new Escape is the available hands-free power lift gate. You’ve probably seen the feature in the Ford commercials. But this technology allows you to use your feet to open the rear trunk space when your hands are full. Imagine walking to the car with your arms full of groceries. Instead of putting the groceries down and fumbling with your keys, simply press one button and slide your feet under this lift gate. The trunk magically opens and makes it easy to handle your belongings without straining yourself.

Of course one of Ford’s other most popular technologies is SYNC powered by Microsoft. Voice-activated Ford Sync does it all — Bluetooth hands free calling, streaming music, and so much more. Just tell SYNC to call “John Jones,” or “Play Pandora,” or anything else, and your wish is your Ford Escape’s command.

The Ford Escape also has an available 8 inch color LCD touch Screen. This touch-screen system controls your available heated seats or climate control, radio, compass and navigation all on one screen. The Entertain options include available SiriusXM radio and voice-activation Navigation  which includes SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link.

The all-new MYFord Touch will even read your text messages to you. You can even tweet by just saying your thoughts to MYFord Touch.

EcoBoost

The Escape is more than just a pretty face with great technology. The 2014 Ford Escape is powered by the state of the art EcoBoost Engine that is a perfect blend of style and technology. The Escape comes with a 1.6 liter or 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine — made right here in Cleveland, Ohio. (Note: 2014 Ford Escape also comes with 2.5 Duratec 1-4 engine).

The 1.6L EcoBoost is available with:

178 hp at 5700 rpm

184 lb. ft of torque and 2,500 rpm

Fuel Economy totals 23/32 for the FWD model and 22/30 for 4WD models.

The 2.0L EcoBoost is available with:

240 ho at 5,500 rpm

270 lb. ft of torque at 3,000 rpm

Fuel Economy Totals 22/30 for the FWD model and 21/28 for the 4WD models.

Own a boat or trailer? Add the Class II trailer tow prep package to the 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine and tow up to 3,500 pounds. Add the trailer sway control monitoring system and detect the sway of your trailer. If needed, TSC can reduce engine speed and selectively apply the brakes to help you maintain control of both the vehicle and the trailer

Built for you

The 2013 Ford Escape comes in three trims — S, SE and Titanium. For also offers many separate equipment groups and options and packages to built the Escape exactly how you want it. There are five separate wheel designs, nine exterior colors and four fabric/color choices. Starting building yours today.

What others are saying:

Edmunds:

The 2014 Ford Escape stands out as one of the best small crossovers in a segment full of worthy entries. Completely redesigned last year, the Ford Escape remains one of our favorite compact crossover SUVs. It has sharp handling, handsome styling and high-end interior touches that help justify its marginally higher price in this class.

KBB:

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.

The Car Connection:

The Escape has been quite impressive for safety, but it’s quite class-leading. It’s earned Top Safety Pick status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), as well as four-star overall ratings (with five stars for side impact) from the federal government, but it earned only a ‘poor’ rating in the new IIHS small overlap test. For 2014 the list of safety features gets better, with a rear backup camera system standard across the Ford Escape lineup.

 

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