SUV: 2014 Ford Escape

New packaging options for tech-savvy small crossover; focus on turbocharging to save fuel, and on-board safety systems

Building on its successful re-launch, the Canadian-favourite Escape continues to leave the competition behind with a wide array of technology built to make modern driving that much simpler. Behind its sleek sheetmetal, totally redesigned last year, is an array of engines, including two turbocharged options that boast the economy of a small-displacement four-cylinder, with the power of a V6. Inside, the Escape’s infotainment options are anchored by the MyFord Touch system, its large central screen making adjustments easy, and there are a host of safety features, from blind-spot monitoring to cross-traffic alert. The Escape also has some unique features, such as the ability to self parallel park, and a power rear liftgate that can be operated by waving your foot under the rear bumper if your hands are full. For 2014, new packaging means that formerly optional features are standard on more models.

Spec box
Type Four-door crossover
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive / optional all-wheel-drive
Base engine (hp) 2.5L four-cylinder (168 hp)
Optional engine(s) (hp) 1.6L four-cylinder turbo (178 hp); 2.0L four-cylinder turbo (240 hp)
Transmission(s) Six-speed automatic
Fuel economy (L/100km, city/highway) 9.1/6.0 (1.6L FWD)
Basic Warranty 36 months/60,000 km

About bmcaleer