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It seems for 2014 Ford has decided to play safe and has launched its all new 2014 Ford Escape with minor adjustments in its features departments, hence keeping it more or less unchanged from its predecessor. A few notable inclusions like a rearview camera and Sync feature have become now standard in all trim levels of 2014 Ford Escape offered by the car maker. However, to make some difference this year, Ford has discounted its SEL trim level along with 2.0 liter turbocharged engine which was earlier a standard in Titanium trim level Escape. With not much significant changes, 2014 Ford Escape still stands tall among the best small crossovers which have some of the really worthwhile entries to look forward. Because Ford redesigned Escape only last year, thus they have kept its design the same with its handsome styling, sharp handling and high end luxury interiors which quite beautifully justify its marginally high price for this class of SUVs.
So, you don’t have to look so hard at 2014 Ford Escape to understand that it is nothing more than a pumped up Ford Focus, but it has some good reason to dig deep. The platform used by Ford for Escape is same as the Focus which is quite evident in its sleek styling. Everyone knows that SUV lovers appreciate Ford Focus for versatility, quality and excellent driving character and Ford has very well translated all these features into their new Ford Escape. Undoubtedly, Escape is heavier than a Focus but it has a lot more to offer like well controlled ride and it ability to handle turns with surprising agility.
To make 2014 Ford Escape worthwhile, Ford has launched it with the trio of four cylinder engines, wherein the base level comes with 2.5 liter four cylinder engine, which is also quite typical for a small crossover with adequate performance. But the availability of optional 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter turbocharged engine makes Escape distinguishable in this class. But the 1.6 liter engine has better fuel economy and power to offer if compared to 2.5 liter engine. On the other hand 2.0 liter engine can provide upto 240 horsepower with slightly low EPA fuel economy than its 1.6 liter engine.
The interior of 2014 Ford Escape is furnished with excellent quality luxury material and is equipped with sleek looking MyFord touch electronics interface, which gives you a feel of driving some really expensive car. The only negative point of MyFord touch is that at times it behaves a little finicky and becomes difficult to handle because of slow response and glitches. The price of 2014 Ford Escape is quite high if compared to direct rivals, but with its reasonable equipments it represents solid value for this class crossover.
In small SUV segment, there are some more feasible and pocket friendly choices like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 with almost same engine and ample cabin room along with better reputation in the market for safety and reliability. Mazda CX-5, Chevrolet Equinox, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Subaru Forester are also some of the choices to be considered.
So from the first look, there is hardly any chance that you will find the 2014 Subaru Forester stunning or even gorgeous, because the car is all about being wide, long and roomy, however this version of Subaru is a lot sleeker than its predecessors. For all those Subaru buyers here comes the good news, the base motor now comes with the all new crisp, six speed gearbox giving rest to the age old five speed version. The new CVT is more efficient than the automatic four speed transmission.
The newly launched turbocharged XT model of 2014 Subaru Forester comes with 250 hp engine which offers same fuel economy as the currently available 170hp 2.5X model. Its fast acceleration from 0 to 60 within 6.2 seconds makes it one of the fastest over among its competitors. The lovable 2.0 liter engine in the XT comes with direct injection feature.
The latest version of Subaru Forester is well planted, composed and is a quieter SUV that comes with a complete package if Subaru Forester features that a buyer looks for. The car is intercooled, has turbocharged monster engine, beefed suspension and amazing stouter brakes that makes it an all comfort drive during snowy stormy days. Well calibrated steering has electronic assistance feature that makes path adjustments simple and direct. Stiffer chassis and no hint of rattles make it a best car in class.
Over the years Subaru has proved its mantle over bringing subtle and smart changes in the detailing of their luxury vehicles and this continues with the latest Subaru Forester as well. Front doors come with no sill which means you will no more find dirt collecting place near front doors. Interiors are all stylish with panache of any banquet and this also the same place where Subaru lacks. No negative word for this SUV in terms of its driving quarter, comfortable seating position, telescoping steering wheel and the clearly reengineered structure, but the SUV still lacks sex appeal, which can easily be found in its competitors like Mazda CX 5, Kia Sorento and Ford Escape that comes at approximately same price.
In more than many metrics, the 2014 Subaru Forester is very well darned and is also one among many crossovers that can be taken to a muddy terrain without much thought. The 8.7 inch ground clearance keeps you safe until you end up bumping on some seriously tough road. Manual gearbox version is also available for the buyers, but the newly launched CVT with manual gearbox makes a less logical choice for obvious reasons and one among them is fuel economy.
Ample of rear legroom and overall improved cargo space as compared to Nissan Rogue, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV-4 makes it a comfortable and spacious option while buying a crossover. The driving dynamics of Forester being an engaging option is still arguable because of competition coming from Crossover leaders like Mazda and Ford but none of them offers Subaru’s ground clearance. Vanilla cockpit can certainly put the sale of Subaru Forester at the back burner.
It was only last year that the Ford Escape escaped from its box-like, SUV influenced past and emerged from a transformation, turning into a rakish, sporty and more car like crossover with crisp handling, forceful engines and even a slightly increased passenger space. The 2014 Escape steps into the new year mostly unchanged, although the Escape SEL trim has been dropped from the line up. Interestingly, there isn’t even any need for a change on this model of Escape as yet. The consumers in America have just started to notice and get used to the new look of Escape. The “SUV people” would remember how the Escape did its best impression of the first- generation Explorer from 2001 to 2012, down to the grille and window shapes and even the outdated graining of its interior plastics. This 2014 Escape is everything but that! A raffish and confident profile with an aggressive road-going stance on the outside and a sporty, almost cockpit like layout inside, the new 2014 Ford Escape is built to take breaths away.
The impressive athletic look of the 2014 Ford Escape is validated by its road manners. The Mazda CX-5, however, makes it impossible for other compact crossovers to stand in competition with its amazing handling, the Ford Escape handles equally beautifully. There is a myriad of choice in what you desire under the hood of your 2014 Escape. Ford turns to a trio of four-cylinders, replacing its former four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines and the much-loved but discontinued Ford Escape Hybrid. The base engine that powers the 2014 Ford Escape is a carryover 2.5 liter four cylinder grunt meant for fleets, while the mainstream choice is a 1.6 liter turbocharged four-cylinder with straight line acceleration producing 178 ponies, competitive with its chief rivals, the Honda CR-V and the four-cylinder Toyota RAV4. Leading the charge is a 2.0 liter Ecoboost four cylinder engine capable of producing 240 horsepower and accelerating the compact crossover to 60 mph from rest in a sprint time of less than eight seconds (faster than Mazda CX-5). A six speed automatic transmission is standard with all models.
Do not make the mistake of confusing the sleeker look of the new Ford Escape with less passenger space. The front seats are slim and rather firm and the SUV offers just enough space for two adults to sit in the back. The cargo hold is larger and the rear seats fold and flip down its own headrests to add to the storage space. The interiors hold a modern look that is less familiar and bolder. Chiseled, contoured and heavily styled instrument panel, as said before, looks more like a cockpit. Even the exterior of the 2014 Escape is now modern with passing resemblances to the new Hyundai Santa Fe Sport or Mazda CX-5.
Taut ride quality, impressive handing, an easy to indulge in cabin and extremely stylish body mated to a potent engine makes Ford Escape one the very fine crossovers in its class. While tough competitors like the Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V stand right next to it, the 2014 Ford Escape should be highly considered.
The CX-5 has been a huge success for Mazda, a company that more than often struggles to get the attention of buyers more inclined to shop other brands. The CX-5 is a perfect blend of good looks, general feature content, ample space and car like driving dynamics that resonated perfectly with folks looking for a compact crossover SUV. The only little possibility to improve was under the hood. And this issue was addressed in the 2014 Mazda CX-5. The Mazda CX-5 gets a welcome infusion of power for 2014 as the Touring and Grand Touring models get a bigger engine. Fortunately, the fuel economy is barely affected. Other additions to the new Mazda CX-5 include the availability of a collision warning and assist system as well as HD and Pandora radio services.
The 2014 Mazda CX-5, a 5 passenger compact crossover comes in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trim levels. The base Sport is a standard with 17-inch wheels, full power accessories, key-less entry, cruise control, a highly adjustable driver’s seat, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel and a 60-40 split folding rear seat. The Touring gets the Sport’s additional equipment plus a more powerful engine, a rear camera, a blind spot warning system, a six way power driver seat, a 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat and a six speaker sound system. The Grand Touring includes everything that there is along with 19 inch wheels, automatic headlights, automatic wipers, dual zone automatic climate control and an eight way power driver seat.
While the Sport carries the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as the last year that produces 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque and a six-speed manual transmission that takes the little crossover from rest to 60 mph in 9.7 seconds the Mazda CX-5 Touring and Grand Touring sport a 2.5 Liter four-cylinder good for 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed automatic transmission is standard. The way the 2014 Mazda CX-5 drives is a dynamic departure from the compact SUV’s segment’s otherwise typical low standards. The brakes, suspension and steering are uncommonly capable! The new Mazda CX-5 is downright fun and confidence-inspiring on a curving road. The six-speed automatic transmission shifts quickly and smoothly and makes the drive a completely indulging experience.
Mazda CX-5 will be one of the most enjoyable little SUV to drive. Mazda, once again, proved that sensible is not equal to boring. Of course, there are an awful lot of worthy competitors to consider. The Ford Escape offers available turbo power and a more appealing interior, the Honda CR-V is a more utilitarian choice and the 2014 Subaru Forester boasts stronger credentials for off-road use. But, the 2014 Mazda CX-5 should be strongly considered. Though the concept is quite conventional the execution is truly unique. The best-handling compact crossover shines in its driving experience and that makes the people who drive it won over by the Mazda CX-5 in a heartbeat. The pricing is not yet known for the Mazda CX-5 compact crossover but more would be know when the new CX-5s roll into the dealer showrooms in the early 2014!
Since it was first introduced in 2010, the Chevrolet Equinox has been one of the most love compact crossover SUVs all credits to its perfect combination of good looks, comfort and practicality. Compared to some more recently launched or redesigned models, the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox struggles to remain as desirable as it has always been but it is still a model you might want to take a look at if you are searching for a compact crossover.
Above of all on Equinox’s positive attribute list is the availability of a strong V6 engine. As the times goes by and fuel economy becomes a raging issue or there is a claimed lack of consumer demand, more and more automakers are dropping V6 engines from their compact crossovers leaving the Equinox (and its GMC twin, the Terrain) as one of the few handful models in 2014 to boast a six cylinder grunt for towing or hauling or merely to quench your thirst for speed. Second in the list follows the overall comfort and quietness of the cabin Equinox proudly holds. While the truth prevails that this little Chevy does not offer as much as cargo space as some rivals, but there is still enough to deal with the typical stuff that most people will be looking to haul. Then there’s also the fact that the Equinox’s rear seat both slides back and reclines to give second row occupants first-class legroom.
What disappoints a tad bit is the 2.4 liter four cylinder engine that is standard on all trim levels which by the way are the LS, LT and LTZ. Even the solid EPA fuel ratings don’t do much justice out in the real world. Handling isn’t a strong suit and the steering lacks precision even by budget crossover SUV standards.
The 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine puts out 182 horsepower and 172 pout feet of twist. The standard power and torque in the lineup are accompanied by a six speed automatic transmission and front wheel drive. The all wheel drive system comes as optional. The front wheel drive Equinox with a four cylinder engine accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in a sprint time of about 9.3 seconds. The LT and LZT models come with an option of the impressive 3.6 liter V6 producing 301 ponies and 272 pound feet of torque. The small SUV accelerates to 60 mph from rest in 7.0 seconds which is an amazing sprint time among small and midsize crossovers with a six-cylinder or upgraded turbocharged engine. The four cylinder models, when properly equipped, are capable of towing up to 1,500 pounds. With the V6 grunt the towing capacity rises up to 3,500 pounds.
While the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox disappoints with average handling, its smooth ride and the overall serenity of the cabin get it back into the game. The compact crossover faces tough competition with the more practical, roomier and multitalented Honda CR-V and other sportier models like the Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape and Volkswagen Tiguan. However, the Equinox remains worth a look if you seek for a small SUV with a truly upscale interior and a V6 option.
It has been almost seven years since Nissan last staked a claim to be the newest pursuing suburban dead ends. To boast the tag for once again, 2014 Nissan Rogue is getting a makeover. Arriving in November, 2014 Nissan Rogue will be priced just above $23,000 and will be welcomed part of a new global family of Renault and Nissan vehicles. Globally, Rogue will be displaying glimpses of the Nissan X-Trail and in further iterations the design of the stylish SUV will spawn some more Renault and Nissan vehicles. The new features boasted by the 2014 Nissan Rogue include a first-time three row seat with a more flexible seating system and a cargo organizing setup with 18 possible configurations.
Flaunting a completely new styling theme, the Rogue now has dressed up its familiar size with more appealing surfaces. Just like Honda, Nissan has evolved positively taking baby steps to remove the odder add-ons of the past. For instance, the last Rogue’s skewed grilles have been replaced by a more conventional grille option with vertical bars braced by LED running lamps. The sculpting on the sides makes it easy to mote the striking influence from the wild Juke. The recent Nissan Resonance concept doesn’t mark much of its presence but the shape still manages to push the Rogue’s corners in more reminiscent directions as compared to the blander first generation crossover.
The Rogue makes its comeback with a 2.5 liter four cylinder engine and Nissan’s signature continuously variable transmission that was also seen in the first generation crossover. Still producing 170 horsepower, the compact crossover is claimed to be, by the brand, at the top of the niche with 175 pound feet of torque. The efficiency is going to improve by 10 percent. The 2014 Rogue will feature all-independent suspension and electric power steering assisting in controlling the funky ride. What’s more new is the Active Ride Control that directs the CVT and the engine responses to smoothen the ride in case you encounter a bumpy road. The standard Rogue is set to sport 17 inch wheels while 18 inchers are an option on the top Rogue.
Just like Nissan Altima, the Rogue is promised to offer its passengers with better seating comforts with especially dense seat foams and more room for the backseat passengers all due to the sliding and reclining second row seats. The most unusual addition is the third row seat since there is not much of an increment in the passenger space. But because of the fact that the second row can be adjusted on a 9-inch long track, the third row seat could be a bit of a surprise, potent with some fine amount of leg room.
Nissan Rogue 2014 is a straight competition to the 2014 Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Chevrolet Equinox and Toyota Rav4. With a completely new and striking design, the promising Nissan engine and transmission and the new promised interior comfort, 2014 Nissan Rogue has quite some capability to stir up trouble in the market and keep the honor of having the oldest model in a hot vehicle segment like compact crossovers for the brand by being Essentially Nissan.
Ford Escape VS Mazda CX-5
If you find yourself being forced to flip a coin between the Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5, you are not alone. These are two hot vehicles with their own list of fantastic qualities. On one hand, you have Escape, which pretty much dominates the small crossover segment. Then, you have CX-5, an all-new vehicle that has a lot to love. So, do you choose the vehicle with proven reliability, or do you opt for a vehicle that you won’t see very many of yet on the roads of wherever you happen to live?
There are three engine choices available in Ford Focus, but two for Mazda CX-5. Mazda gives its small crossover a hearty 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is good for 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual is standard, but a six-speed automatic is available, and must be selected to have all-wheel drive. This is a fairly light vehicle, so despite the small engine, acceleration speeds are decent, taking 9.3 seconds to reach 60 mph. Mazda says it’s CX-5 will yield 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. For more power, there is a 2.5-liter SKYACTIVE®-G available that generates 184 horsepower.
The base engine on Escape is a little more powerful than CX-5. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder offers 168 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque, and returns 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. A turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-4 is standard on SE and SEL. It delivers 178 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and can generously tow 3,500 pounds, when properly equipped. Lastly, a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 is standard on Titanium and optional on SE and SEL. It produces 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque yet manages to yield 25 mpg combined. All-wheel drive is available on all models, except the “S” trim.
Driving and Handling
When it comes to handling, Escape has earned its reputation as a spirited and easy-to-drive vehicle. Many slip behind the wheel expecting it to be awkward and clumsy, due to size, but it is surprisingly agile. Everything from the braking to the steering to the suspension is more than capable, and you don’t feel much body roll on winding roads.
CX-5 does not have the reputation Escape has, but it only takes one test drive to find that the new vehicle handles itself quite nicely on the road. It is not the fastest or quietest choice, but the ride is smooth, comfortable and capable.
There is something to be said about buying a vehicle with a trusted reputation, especially if safety is on your mind. However, CX-5 has already been put through roof, front and side-impact crash tests, and received top safety scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
CX-5 has high tensile steel reinforcements and side-impact door beams to help keep passengers safe. If there is an accident, the fuel cuts off, and blind-spot monitoring is also available. Escape gives you a long list of safety features that faithful Ford buyers have grown to appreciate and even expect, such as post-collision safety system, tire-pressure monitoring, turn signal mirrors and engine immobilizer.
You can’t go wrong with the exterior of either of these vehicles. Although CX-5 is a brand new vehicle, Escape is fully redesigned for the model year, so either way, you will be cruising around in something fresh and exciting.
Escape boasts a little international lineage that you can see in the harmonic balance created by an athletic stance and graceful lines. From its sculpted wheel arches to its trapezoidal-shaped lower grille to the bright dual exhaust tips, this is a vehicle that will turn heads from every angle.
CX-5 boasts Mazda’s “Soul of Motion” design philosophy with fluent and flowing lines that make the vehicle appear as though it is always in motion. It also offers some fantastic wheel choices in 17, 18 and 19-inch sizes.
The cabin in both of the vehicles will impress you. They are both thoughtfully designed and modern, and offer a surprising amount of room. Ford’s redesign for Escape leaves it with an upscale feel. Gauges are easy-to-read and controls are in reach. The materials used offer an improved quality; this is just a nice cabin to be in. Plus, the front seats are generously padded and given plenty of bolstering for support.
A highlight for CX-5 would have to be the black gauges that have white lettering. They are incredibly easy to read and almost soothing on the eyes. There are plenty of soft-touch surfaces, and an abundance of legroom can be appreciated in both rows.
These vehicles are neck-and-neck in terms of cargo space. Behind the front seats, Mazda CX-5 offers 65 cubic feet while Escape is at 68.1 cubes.
Technology and Entertainment
There is absolutely no shortage of technology in either of these vehicles. In fact, you may forget you are in such a modestly priced vehicle when you see all the bells and whistles. A huge highlight for Escape is the foot-activated tailgate. SYNC® lets you use voice commands to control just about everything from Bluetooth to audio. Speaking of audio, the available Sony® system is well worth upgrading to as it gives you 10 premium speakers, a dual-channel subwoofer, HD Radio, iTunes® Tagging and 355 watts of power.
CX-5 has a nine-speaker Bose® system available that offers Pandora®, HD Radio, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Plus, it has a fantastic optional navigation system by TomTom® that includes a 5.8-inch display with voice recognition.
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