Last week I was out of my comfort zone because Ford asked me to test drive their all new 2014 Ford Escape (in Sterling Gray) which starts at $22,700. I have to admit I’m not a Ford driver but after the week in the Escape, I may have changed my mind.
Disclosure: I was loaned the Ford Escape for 7 days for the purpose of this review. Thoughts, opinions, and photos are my own. Your opinion may differ. Purchase after doing your own research.
2014 Ford Escape
The vehicle is equipped with helpful technologies and more versatility that previous models. Escape allows you to easily enjoy whatever adventure you have in mind in a fuel-efficient, stylish package.
The steering is definitely tighter and “solid” than previous cars I have driven. Also, the suspension is a bit tighter. That’s not a bad thing, though, I felt very safe driving it and in control of every movement.
I could not get enough of the Ice Blue lighting on the clean layout of the dashboard. Everything is within arms reach including radio volume, changing the radio station, starting and ending a phone call, cruise control, and more.
The gas mileage was pretty good in my opinion as we saw upwards of 32mpg. EcoBoost engines are mated to specially calibrated, six-speed SelectShift® automatic transmissions, which are standard and allow drivers who want more hands-on experiences to manually control gear selection from a switch on the left-hand side of the shifter.
Enabled by motion technology used in today’s video game systems, a gentle kicking motion under the center of the rear bumper activates, unlocks and raises the liftgate when the driver has the Escape key fob. This allows quick and easy access to the cargo area without needing to set down packages or dig out keys. The same process closes the hatch. If you don’t want to use the kick technology there is still a quick press button to use once the lift gate is open.
My family of 4 found the interior to be pretty spacious. With the seats pushed all the way back, you can see that there is still a good amount of leg space for the backseat passengers. The back seats can fold completely flat for a level larger cargo surface. The seats can also be reclined to a slight angle which is great for long trips and you don’t want to sit at a perfect 45° angle the whole time. Of course, kids that are in a car seat can’t have the vehicle seats reclined but for older children or adults the recline is a great feature.
The only problem we would face is that the center seat is pretty narrow so there is no way to fit an infant car seat in between the car seats we already have in place.
- SYNC® with MyFord Touch®, which offers multiple ways for customers to manage and control information through voice commands, menus accessed through controls on the steering wheel, touch screens, buttons or knobs. The system’s latest look makes phone, navigation, entertainment and climate controls even easier to use
- Parallel parking the Escape is virtually stress-free with active park assist. With the press of a button, the system detects an available parallel parking space and automatically steers the vehicle into it. Drivers control only the gas and brake pedals
- Maneuvering parking lots and traveling open roadways becomes even safer and less stressful with Escape’s sensor-based BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert. BLIS displays an alert in the side mirror when a vehicle is detected entering a blind spot. Cross-traffic alert warns if traffic is detected approaching from the sides, such as when Escape is leaving a parking space in reverse
- Escape offers Curve Control technology to automatically slow the vehicle when it’s cornering too fast and Torque Vectoring Control to help accelerate through a turn
All in all for someone who was never a fan of Ford vehicles I have changed my opinion. If we were only a family of 4 it would be perfect for us but since we are expecting our 3rd child and all 3 kids need to be in car seats that makes the Escape unfortunately not big enough for us.
Check out the additional pictures for a more up close look into this fabulous Ford.<