2014 Ford EscapeChange Vehicle
of the 2014 Ford Escape base trim shown
From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Interior quality
- Hands-free power liftgate
- Automated parking option
- Panoramic moonroof
- Instrument panel
- Cheap-looking plastic along wheel arches
- Many unlabeled buttons on base model
- MyFord Touch option is controversial
- High center console
- Newly standard backup camera
- Seats five
- Choice of three engines
- Six-speed automatic
- Front- or all-wheel drive
Editor's note: This review was written in April 2012 about the 2013 Ford Escape. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2014, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.
Ford has released a series of good-looking cars with excellent mileage lately. But whether it's the too-cramped Fiesta interior or the sluggish transmission on the Focus, these otherwise spectacular mainstream vehicles have had a few serious flaws.
The redesigned 2013 Escape is different: No matter how hard I looked, I couldn't find anything significantly wrong with it.
A duo of new turbo engines offer better performance than the competition, the interior is roomy and comfortable, high-tech gadgetry works well, and it even looks cool. All of this comes with a premium price in a competitive segment.
If you're OK with the price of admission, the new Ford Escape is ready for you, and you won't be disappointed.
It comes in four trims: base S, SE, SEL and Titanium. See the 2012 and redesigned 2013 Escapes compared here.
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