2014 Ford Escape Road Test and Review: Introduction
Ford is going to sell 300,000 examples of its Escape compact crossover suv in the U.S. this year, making it one of the best-selling vehicles in America despite a rash of recalls, despite a lousy crash-test rating in a tough new test, and despite unimpressive showings in benchmark customer satisfaction surveys regarding quality, reliability, performance, and design. Granted, lots of those Escapes are landing in rental car lots and business fleets, where they serve hurried travelers and mall security guards alike. But lots of those Escapes are also getting parked in driveways all across the country, too, which might lead you to conclude that people don’t do much research before buying a new vehicle.
Given the Ford Escape’s popularity, and because I hadn’t driven one since the completely redesigned model debuted for 2013, I figured I’d better spend some quality time with the Escape to determine whether or not it is worthy of your consideration, especially in a vehicle class filled with alternatives such as the Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, and Volkswagen Tiguan.