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Rejuvenated, this version of the Ford Escape came to market solid, sophisticated, and athletic. Genuinely qulifying as fun-to-drive, this one delivers agile handling, along with an impressively supple and composed ride. The cabin is quiet and feels substantial. Further, a long list of desirable and high-tech options can make the Escape feel like a luxury-branded small SUV. Three different engines were offered.
Alerts
There are 13 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2005. Side and head protection air bags available, standard from 2008. ESC available from 2008, standard from 2009.
Road Test

Rejuvenated, this version of the Ford Escape came to market solid, sophisticated, and athletic. Genuinely qulifying as fun-to-drive, this one delivers agile handling, along with an impressively supple and composed ride. The cabin is quiet and feels substantial. Further, a long list of desirable and high-tech options can make the Escape feel like a luxury-branded small SUV.

Three different engines were offered. The base was a 2.5-liter four-cylinder. However, most Escapes of this vintage will have one of the two EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinders; either the 173-hp, 1.6-liter; or the 231-hp, 2.0-liter. Both deliver responsive performance and the same 22 mpg overall. All things being equal, we'd opt for the larger engine's added oomph and refinement.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.6-liter 4 turbo (173 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (231 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (169 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 Ford Escape owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

“Rats chewed wires causing alarm to go off”

Darryl J., CA (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Backup camera has been replaced four times”

John B., NV (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Just beeps for the joy of it”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The camera was very blurry and needed to be replaced”

Rick L., CO (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“System failed 2x”

Edward M., SC (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
CD player

“The CD player is not equipped to handle thicker CDs. They can get stuck in the player”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ford Escape Unsure Unsure)

“After playing one cd once, the cd becomes extremely hot - almost too hot to touch”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen freezes up

“Freezes up, has been looked at by dealer, works for a while, then starts up again. They won't replace, will spend hours downloading”

Anonymous, VA (2014 Ford Escape Titanium Unsure)

“See previous comments”

Ronald C., SC (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“same as prior comment on GPS”

Cheryl H., NH (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

“intermittently the display screen would go blank. the dealership found on the second service visit there was a technical bulletin re: reloading the most current software to the in car display”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The entire dashboard went blank . It took the dealer three days to figure out that the whole unit needed to be replaced. Then it took another four working days to get the vehicle back on the road. The unit is starting to act up again”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Display screen failed within 30 day warranty provided by CarMax. They paid over #1,000 to Ford to replace the instrument cluster. It works fine now”

Carolyn U., GA (2014 Ford Escape S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The car would start flashing a variety of warnings, the electronics would quit and sometimes it would turn off”

Anonymous, MT (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“for no reason the display freezes and there is no help available for a short period 4 or 5 times this has happened Once or twice the screen simply went blank”

Anonymous, CO (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The center screen went blank sporadically. Dealer "fixed" it, but screen went out in Dealer's parking lot. Two more visits were required to get the unit replaced by Ford. Dealer supplied loaner until fixed. Dealer was great, Ford not so much,”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Ford Escape S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The entire instrument panel stopped working and the display screen went blank. The car still ran, but none of the instruments or electronics worked in My Ford Synch and My Ford Touch. The dealer fixed the problem by replacing the entire instrument cl”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Entire system, including navigation and sound, goes blank and reboots claiming "system maintenance" No warning, even when actively using navigation”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Escape Titanium Unsure)

“small screen over steering column went blank at about 50 miles. It took 2 months to replace”

Daniel C., SC (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Display would turn off all the time and stay off for days at a time”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“CD would freeze up after an hour. Audio module replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“radio is complicated and very unfriendly to use”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Has issues with online streaming services. Does not start/stop properly and if music is playing via bluetooth and a call comes in the music stops but the call is routed to handheld and not bluetooth”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Has issues with online streaming services. Does not start/stop properly and if music is playing via bluetooth and a call comes in the music stops but the call is routed to handheld and not bluetooth”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“The GPS system occasionally (5-10% of the time) provides completely false directions, telling me to turn at the wrong location, and continuing to insist I turn around and go back to the erroneous route”

Lawrence S., TX (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Does not understand voice command”

Bruce B., FL (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Voice function giving verbal directions works only sporadically. Maps and visual directions work fine, but the audio portion works less than half of the time. Maybe one-fourth of the time if that”

Randy P., CA (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“It has been reset twice as it continually had problems. I am on almost 5 months no issue since the last fix so hopefully it works. I have put a lot of miles in less than a year. love driving it”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The voice portion of the NAV system just cut out. It would occasionally reappear for short times, but in the main it just stopped working even though the map portion was still functioning”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The navigation system could not figure out where it was and was 100 to 200 feet off the road”

Anonymous, NV (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“GPS froze up and wouldn't release control until we shut down the vehicle. then wouldn't respond to voice commands. Ford indicated a software issue and deal installed software update-issue has been corrected”

Cheryl H., NH (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“phone unpairs every 5 minutes”

Michael S., NJ (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Doesn't give navigation commands anymore”

Darryl J., CA (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“It resets sometimes, or won't connect at all”

Joseph D., NY (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“An Apple iPhone will not dependably pair with the Sync System”

William C., ID (2014 Ford Escape SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“failure to pair, neither dealer or on line support could fix”

Roland G., ON (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Cannot transfer between 2 phones”

Edward M., SC (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Phone connects irregularly”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“My issue is with "Bluetooth" with my smartphone & listening to music. "Left" channel keeps cutting off. Intermittent problem... On and Off ~ On and Off. Very annoying. ALL my music in the vehicle, I use my playlists from my smart phone”

William P., TX (2014 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

“radio just stop playing at various times, one minute it works then blank air”

Michael S., NJ (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Pressing a button to change the station often changes the "mode" to the next option”

David S., CA (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Only works when it wants to”

Joseph D., NY (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“911 Assist error message comes on periodically. When it does, voice commands, radio / cd / audio doesn't work nor does any of the other sync functions”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“Just a noisy vehicle. Not as well made as I thought when I bought it a few years ago”

Anonymous, VA (2014 Ford Escape Titanium Unsure)

“Excessive wind noise in the windshield area”

Al P., FL (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“There was water at the passengers feet not caused by a blocked air conditioner drain. Problem not reproduced”

Anonymous, IL (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Water leaked at the point of the bad windshield seaal”

Wayne B., TX (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“water leaks into the rear signals lights. big droplets on the inside of lens”

Richard K., BC (2014 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

“Had to go back 2X for same noise at different levels until they isolated it to coolant probably having dripped on the belt during pump repair”

Anonymous, WI (2014 Ford Escape SE Unsure)

“not sure what the noise was, more like a clunk..but eventually got resolved”

Larry C., TX (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Rattle in tailgate!!! Screw came loose in handle and rolled around inside of tailgate”

Lee N., OH (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“passenger front door, dash & console. still rattles at 45 mph. have to blast the radio”

John J., IL (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Noisy dash, side doors and luggage area cover. I went to the dealer and they heard the noises but could not locate the source. Severe buzz occurs at 2000 rpm - consistently”

Charlie C., KS (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The squeaks and rattles vary day to day. They come from the instrument cluster, the console, the roof, the driver's door... just about everywhere”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Panoramic roof sometimes sqeaks”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Rattles in the rear doors”

Robert H., MO (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Rear suspension mounts”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“heater fan out of balance”

Anonymous, BC (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The rear hatch has opened (unlocked and opened enough to triger the alarm) three time while on the highway and closed down on me while loading groceries, not enough to hurt me. Ford has no resolve or enough complaints to investigate issue”

Richard L., MA (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“I had a persistent rattle in the roof liner due to a bracket for the panoramic sunroof. Its fixed now”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“major rattling, especially over rough roads/train tracks”

Larry J., MI (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“There is a rattle on the front passenger side which I cannot pinpoint”

Lesley S., ON (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Front end thumping and passenger side squeak”

Richard W., IN (2014 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“rear gate interior panel keeps coming loose”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

“Driver side door had a safety recall.. After repair, noticed increased in traffic noise on driver front side door. Have not taken back... have not had convenient time.. don't have great confidence with dealer”

Larry C., TX (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Road noise seems to be excessive”

Minnie E., CA (2014 Ford Escape SE Unsure)

“Almost as windy as my 2002 Subaru Forester”

Anonymous, IA (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Excessive wind noise on the driver side door travelling at highway speeds. Dealer could not find any reason for the noise”

Mike K., OH (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“At highway speeds it sounds like the windows are open slightly. I kept checking to see if they weren't closed completely.Dealer wasn't helpful in any solution to this problem”

Donald J., FL (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“from the day I purchased the car there was excessive noise coming from the windows. Ford said it was acceptable levels”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Poor insulation/weather stripping”

Earle H., ME (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There was a loud wind noise when we bought it. It was a bad seal on the windshield”

Wayne B., TX (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Very noisy and makes using SYNC for phone calls difficult, especially on the highway”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“noise at highway speeds. ford did a cowl repair thjat had been on a service bulletin. helped but still have occasional noise”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

“The whole center stack died. Nothing worked”

John J., IL (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“I've had severe electrical problems. They have persisted despite numerous repair attempts. Ford is repurchasing the vehicle under Wisconsin Lemon Law. Keyless entry, remote start, push-button start inoperable. Able to unlock vehicle with physical”

Anonymous, WI (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Clock

“not working with correct time”

Patricia G., AZ (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“All failed resulting from the left front brake sensor failure”

Anonymous, WI (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“will not read correctly - fuel gauge”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Ford Escape S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“headlight housing had a faulty seal. Water was getting inside the housing”

David F., NY (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Passenger light was out which was apparently a common problem with wire harness coming loose”

Michael F., OH (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Got a brake light warning. Left rear brake bulb had failed. Center, upper LED had failed”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Third rear Brake lights LED malfunctioned. Had to buy a new one”

Wiliam P., WI (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Front turn signal bulb went out. impossible to self maintain. dealer had to remove front bumper to change bulb. $90 charge”

Frank E., TN (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The 3rd brake light went out. Warranty covered the entire fix. The fuse”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“third brake light went out”

James H., IL (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Daytime driving lights/bulbs”

Earle H., ME (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Two turn signal bulbs burned out within six months of purchase”

Michael C., CO (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

“Will not start twice”

Walter G., NC (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Keypad on door would not work. Dealer replaced fuse”

Anonymous, OH (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Low tire pressure light came on whenever the temp dropped”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Indicator would not turn off”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Warning lights

“Service engine soon light comes on a lot and then goes off. We take it in they can't seem to find a problem but it costs a lot”

Anonymous, ID (2014 Ford Escape Unsure 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“airbag warning light came on when outside temp was over 80 deg F”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Escape S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

“recall”

Patricia G., AZ (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Recall for door latch issue”

Anonymous, UT (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Rear hatch stopped working”

T L., IA (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The right rear door handle sometimes does not open the door unless you pull it hard, twice. Recalled and repaired but still happens. The rear hatch pull down handle ripped right off the door because the screws securing it came loose”

Edward K., NY (2014 Ford Escape S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Locks and latches

“door locks did not open”

Anonymous, BC (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Outside door handles stick in the open position when cold. Even after dealer service for this complaint, the driver's door still exhibits the concern”

Gregory S., MI (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Recall for door handles”

John S., ON (2014 Ford Escape SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“l;atch on front center console lid broken on delivery. Replaced”

Neil A., MI (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Handle on inside of rear hatch came undone and rattled. Took it to the dealer and it is a known problem and they retightened the screws and issue was fixed”

Chad L., MN (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“A couple months after purchase the interior tailgate panel came loose and was fixed by the dealer. 1-2 months later, the interior handle used to close the tailgate when it's open broke. It's still hanging by the left side and haven't taken it in yet”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Windows

“The tinted side windows are entirely too dark for night driving. Have to roll them down sometimes to see on either side”

Riley B., KY (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“winshield leaked”

Ronald L., VA (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Weak motor. Window goes up slowly”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“My entire rear wiper fell off on the hwy”

Barry D., ON (2014 Ford Escape SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seat belts

“The seat belts do not always retract, causing them to get caught when closing door, which has resulted in paint chips\ping on inner door”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Ford Escape SE Unsure)

“The rear seat belts lock and tension in place when securing a child seat. You have to undo the seat belt and let it retension all the way back to normal and then rebuckle”

Edward K., NY (2014 Ford Escape S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“#1 seat memory position button stopped wortking. Can still position Driver's seat manually with side of seat button”

Neil A., MI (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“The compressor seized up and destroyed the belts, hoses, & other parts of the system”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Escape Titanium Unsure)

“Needs 1000 repair”

Andrew L., NY (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“air conditioner stopped working”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“will stop AC and blow hot air”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The climate control system just stopped working and shut off”

Anonymous, NV (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“It had to be reprogramed”

Donald J., IN (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“When switching from one climate feature to another the fan will continue to operate however, all vents close including floor & defrost vents. The system is operating but the air has nowhere to go. Dealer replaced the control module which helped some”

Kathi R., OR (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Rodent was able to enter the blower fan and deposited debris material necessitating removal and cleaning”

Anonymous, WI (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Blower fan frequently just quits when the air condition is running, Have had the ford dealer investigate but they can't figure out the problem”

Anonymous, ID (2014 Ford Escape Unsure 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The control had to be replaced”

Anonymous, MB (2014 Ford Escape Titanium Unsure)

“Fan sucked in a large amount of debris and had to manually removed and cleaned. Some sort of filtering system should have avoided this. $250 repair”

Robert L., MO (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Very nasty odor emanating from the evaporator and also A/C system shutdown with no air flow through vents”

Brian A., MI (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“A/C unit would shut down after approximately10 minutes. shut the system down and restarted it good for another 10 minutes. There was a recall on the unit. Replaced evaporator assembly”

A M., CA (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“This failure occurred twice both while we were on long road trips. First time in Florida, we stopped at Ford dealer and they fixed it within 15 minutes. Second time was late evening when dealers were closed, waited until next day when we arrived home”

Daniel C., SC (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Electrical failure

“Key fobs won't open car doors, vehicle won't start and system freezes and unable to do anything randomly”

Brian A., MI (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Doesn't get hot in the winter just warm air so on cold days you are not confortable”

David W., MI (2014 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

“The navigation system very seldom works well. (should have listened to you). the phone is nothing but a pain. The radio is OK but the heater is hard to work in the back seat”

K S., OH (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Display screen would freeze up, making it impossible to change anything on the radio and/or change climate control temperature.. Backup camera would not display all information”

Ronald C., SC (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Computer for the Navigation system malfunctioned and had to be replaced. Backup camera has been replaced four times”

John B., NV (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“At one point the sync system would not connect to my cell phone's address book and had to be reset at the dealer”

Anonymous, IA (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Makes phone calls on its own”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“All parties - Ford, Microsoft and Apple disclaim responsibility”

William C., ID (2014 Ford Escape SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Difficult to use, screen not responsive”

Anonymous, KS (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“System allows several phones to sync with My Ford Touch, but, you need to go online and switch the number that will be allowed to use sync services. All phones that are sync'd should be allowed to access sync services”

Gregory S., MI (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Sync does not listen and understand simple commands, especially with making phone calls. Calls wrong phone book entry, call House, "there are mulipule choices" when there are not”

Richard L., MA (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“would not connect”

Stefan K., PA (2014 Ford Escape SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the system completely failed, had to have a new one installed”

Lenora K., OR (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Sync goes in and out in terms of USbility. Additionally, me electronic system is faulty in reading the status of engine care! I just had an oil change and it was still telling me I needed an oil change”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Not easy to use, difficult viewing angles, and desperately needs an update (which Ford is working on already)”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Not easy to use, difficult viewing angles, and desperately needs an update (which Ford is working on already)”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“APIM module needed to be replaced twice after entire system would shut down and stay off for days at a time”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Difficult to fill up gas tank

“Gas pumps routinely shut off before the tank is totally full. Can leave as much as 1/10 of the tank empty”

Riley B., KY (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Check engine light came on the second day I had the car and kept coming on. After four months and over 10 days in the shop it was finally fixed. Problem was a loose wire”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Intermittent failure of electronic engine system causing the engine to run "rough."”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“I think I have received AT LEAST 3 recalls to adjust engine computer issues”

Larry J., MI (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel leaks

“Fuel is getting into the oil”

Anonymous, AB (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

“Oil pan leaks”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Ford Escape S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Apparently the car had a major oil leak and a good part of the engine had to be replaced. And I was not made aware of this when I bought the car”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“There was a timing cover oil leak that was repaired by the dealer”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“oil was coming around manifold studs. they said they resealed them. no leaks since”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Dealership purchased at Fox Marquette. On 3-23-15 at 5,615 miles, the service Report indicated RT-FR-Diff-Seep, I've called about getting this repaired and am waiting for my appointment. It is my opinion that every time a vehicle is serviced for a”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Ford Escape)

“left front axle leaks nothing has been done though I was told that this is common complaint when this happened on my chev truck it was corrected immediately Why not with Ford?”

Anonymous, MB (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Had an oil leak from the filter. service was done by the Ford garage. Either faulty seal or negligence by mechanic. Ford house replaced filter. no further problem”

Anonymous, NM (2014 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Oil leak from front end seal was replaced”

Michael F., OH (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

“When shifting from second to third there was a "slipping" sensation. I had a seller provided warranty and the problem was repaired”

Larry G., SD (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Vehicle has experienced several episodes of transmission pounding from gear to gear requiring dealer service and trans rebuild”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission shifts hard. Dealer blames electronic management system. Never corrected”

Anonymous, IL (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Periodically the transmission shifts with a clunk during initial acceleration”

Paul G., WA (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The transmission has already been rebuilt at 13000 miles & the problem is occurring again. The transmission is very rough when shifting from 2nd to 3rd on a flat road. Its also very noticeable when it shifts out of overdrive”

Kathi R., OR (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“When shifting to reverse there would be a delay in engagement of gear and then at times the transmission would engage very rough”

Thomas W., WI (2014 Ford Escape S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

“Developed a leak at the CV joint. Low transmission fluid level lead to slipping. This vehicle does not have a dip stick so you can check the level. Took under engine shroud off and could see tranny fluid all over bottom of engine. Added a quart anyway and drove to dealer since still under warrantee”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Transmission would sometimes not engage gear right away”

Thomas W., WI (2014 Ford Escape S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

“Axle seal leaks”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Ford Escape S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Shortly after buying the car, I noticed a small leak on my driveway under the front part of my car. Brought car to dealer and they noticed that pressure port plugs were loose at rear of transmission. They tightened the plugs and everything has been”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Transmission fluid leaked. Hose was replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Escape SE Unsure)

“Minor leak found and fixed under warranty - it was causing no issues”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“Drain clip on door fell off . It was replaced . Now another one fell off. When the first one fell off they had to order the part. Since this is a recurring problem now on more than just my vehicle they now have a supply in their parts department”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Gas cap cover became loose and fell off”

Anonymous, BC (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Lower engine cover came loose and was replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Escape S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“The interior handle to pull the rear hatch closed came loose, making it difficult to close the hatch using this handle. I had to take it to the dealer to fix it. They explained that the screw holding the mount was not properly installed at the factory, and that is why it worked loose”

Anonymous, WV (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Rear Hatch interior handle and molding was loose. Dealer had seen this problem before”

Thomas R., NY (2014 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The handle that you use to close the hatch came off”

Anonymous, OR (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Trim between mirror and windshield fits loosely and can come off. Carpeting was cut incorrectly and shows insulation”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“two pieces of plastic fell off. One on the back door (the handle) the other in the back seat covering bolts”

Anonymous, WA (2014 Ford Escape S Unsure)

“"Rear Hatch" has a handle for closing hatch. Trim panel fasteners failed at @7,000 miles”

William P., TX (2014 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Paint chips easily. Stones or road salt striking hood area results in a chip,,,every time”

Lee N., OH (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“the color has faded quickly”

Noah G., GA (2014 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rust

“There is rust appearing coming through under some trim under the truck door window”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Ford Escape Titanium Unsure)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

“Rear wheels out of alignment from factory , needs to replace rear tires”

Anonymous, NC (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Car, upon acceleration, will pull to the right forcing you to really control the steering wheel. If you're turning in front of oncoming traffic and have to accelerate, the car will weave left and right requiring you to really control the direction”

Wayne J., TX (2014 Ford Escape SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

“Rear shocks have failed twice. Replaced under warranty both times and dealer indicated that they would cover repairs if there is another failure, even if vehicle is out of warranty, until lease end”

N W., ON (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“keeps failing after a year replaced under warranty”

Cao Y., ON (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“had strut bearings replaced under warranty due to noise when turning”

Anonymous, CT (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“noise experienced when hitting potholes Shocks required replacement under warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Power steering failed at 12000 miles. Ford had to replaced the entire Electronic Power Assist steering rack. Steering rack failed suddenly without warning but I was able to drive the vehicle (without power steering) to the dealer for 2 days worth of”

Anonymous, ME (2014 Ford Escape)
Wheel bearings

“Wheel bearing in the right tire failed very early. Mechanic said he thought it was involved with the earlier PTO or 4 wheel drive problem”

Carl S., PA (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tire wear is uneven

“The pulling to the (mostly) right when accelerating forces you to somewhat weave which has caused the front tires to wear more than they should. Note: I have had this car back to dealer 6-8 times and they (say) they can't find anything wrong and th”

Wayne J., TX (2014 Ford Escape SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“The driver side transaxle broke and caused a leak of fluid and slippage which could have been a safety problem!”

K S., OH (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Driveline vibration

“Transmission shaft hangar bearing was making noise. Dealer replaced under drivetrain warranty”

Anonymous, MN (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“4 times the car won't recognise the key and wont start as part of its anti-theft control. We had to disconnect battery and it worked from then on. Dealership has no idea what's going on”

Bill P., ON (2014 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The differential is part of the AWD components”

Anonymous, PE (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Differential

“A noise from the rear differential. We were told this was a known fault with the Escape AWD. The dealership ordered all the parts and rebuilt the differential under warranty”

Anonymous, PE (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Very noisy. Replaced”

Anonymous, MN (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Rear differential replaced under warranty after 3000 miles”

Anonymous, IL (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transfer case

“During the last oil change the Ford technician noticed that one of the oil seals was leaking fluid. Ford replaced the faulty shaft seal”

Anonymous, ME (2014 Ford Escape)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel pump

“Recall”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Fuel pump failure”

Anonymous, OH (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“safety recall due to POSSIBILITY of fuel pump lockup”

Anonymous, IN (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“recall notice”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“factory recall”

Anonymous, SK (2014 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“the pump failed and left us stranded 4 days before we received a recall notice, it took Ford over 3 WEEKS to fix the car, we also had to wait over 4 hours for a Ford contracted towing service arrive”

Richard T., TX (2014 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Recall on the fuel pump”

Lesley S., ON (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“had to replace battery sooner than i thought i should”

John G., FL (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Battery had a bad cell”

Anonymous, MO (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Failed. Had to be replaced”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Electronic ignition

“car would be driving on highway and engine would stop. After arguing with Ford for months, they finally admitted it was a general problem. Kept the car for two months and finally fixed it. This was similar to the ignition system problems that GM had, except Ford when out of their way to hide the recall. I wold never buy another Ford and they were totally unresponsive to what was a major safety recall”

Terry D., MI (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Had to bring the vehicle in twice for engine harness splices”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Ford Escape Titanium Unsure)
Starter

“The started failed leaving my car totally inoperable. The diagnosis from the dealer was that a short in the electrical system caused the starter to fail”

Anonymous, WA (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Bought at 25,800 miles, transmission was replaced at 31000 miles. I was told the insides had melted”

Minnie E., CA (2014 Ford Escape SE Unsure)

“Trans rebuild seemed to rectify the prob”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“At about 60000 miles the transmission simply stopped working while driving. Ford replaced it w/o a tear down so we don't know what went bad”

Charles D., IL (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“They had to rebuild transmission. Noticed it the first day I drove it after purchased. Once you really drive it It showed up. Non one would have noticed till then Took a long time to fix. Over a month”

Anonymous, CT (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Dashboard error message " Transmission Fault Service Immediately" Took it in and a rebuild was required. Car was in the shop about 10 days”

Ken S., NY (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“Bad left front brake sensor caused most of the electrical dash gauges to fail. Only the cruise worked control information was displayed so I could see how fast I was going to get to the dealer. The failure happened while driving resulting in the lo”

Anonymous, WI (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The rear brakes were worn and needed to be replaced (rotors & calipers) sooner than I would have expected from a new vehicle”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Both brake pads and rotors had to be replaced at 15,000 and were not covered under warranty. Not acceptable”

Thomas W., NJ (2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“I just noticed a flat spot on my right rear rotor 2 days ago and need to call for an appointment to get this checked out”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Ford Escape)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“have not had an actual problem but am covered by another recall that could cause a coolant leak and possible engine fire”

John G., FL (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“red light came on. coolant tank was near empty. had oil leak fixed before, said clamp was broke”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Water pump

“Was beginning to leak- just out of warranty!”

Anonymous, WI (2014 Ford Escape SE Unsure)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

“At 2300 miles, the engine threw a rod and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

“Bought the car used, less than two weeks later was making a huge metallic noise and stalled. Had to replace turbocharger”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
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