2015 Ford Escape

S FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility I4 auto trans

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2015 Ford Escape
2015 Ford Escape

New for 2015

After a full redesign for 2013, the Ford Escape adds Magnetic Metallic as an exterior color.

Vehicle Overview

The Escape is Ford’s five-passenger compact SUV, fitting in price below the two-row Edge and three-row Explorer in the automaker’s SUV lineup.

Summary

The Ford Escape is available with several engines, front- or all-wheel drive, and a six-speed automatic. The base front-drive Escape comes with a 2.5-liter I-4 producing 168 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque, and an EPA-estimated 22/31 mpg city/highway. There are two available turbocharged EcoBoost engines that can pair the six-speed automatic with FWD or AWD: a 1.6-liter I-4 that makes 178 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque; or a 2.0-liter I-4 that makes 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 22-23/29-32 mpg on the 1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4, 21-22/28-30 mpg on the 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4, and each powertrain takes a small penalty for AWD, reflected in the lower range of numbers.
The most notable features include active grille shutters (increases efficiency), a hands-free foot-activated power liftgate, an eight-inch infotainment system with MyFord Touch, active park assist (it can identify and steer you into a parallel parking space), a blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert, and intelligent access and a pushbutton start. Cargo capacity is 34.3 cubic feet with the rear seats up, but expands to 67.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. A properly equipped Escape can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
The 2015 Ford Escape has not been rated by the NHTSA, but in 2014 IIHS testing received four ratings of good and one of poor for the new, and more difficult, small front overlap category (the highest possible rating is good).

What We Think

The Ford Escape is built on the same platform as the sporty Focus, imparting handling prowess that is not watered down by the crossover body. The base 2.5-liter I-4 is mostly for fleets and to provide a low base price -- avoid it and go with one of the EcoBoost turbo I-4 engines. Gone is the six-cylinder from years past, but with the excellent 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4, nobody will miss it. The rear seat doesn’t have quite the room of a Honda CR-V, but the design takes advantage of the space, like scalloping the front seats for more knee room.
The zippy powertrain goes a long way toward making the Escape more fun to drive than the compact crossover norm, but one must also credit the highly capable chassis. The car eagerly charged through the bumpy, fast sweepers in the mountains; and felt alert and responsive on the narrow parkways downstate.

You’ll Like

  • Great handling
  • EcoBoost engines
  • Attractive styling

You Won’t Like

  • EcoBoost offers fun and efficiency, but not both simultaneously
  • Can get pricey
  • The base 2.5-liter I-4

Key Competitors

  • Honda CR-V
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Subaru Forester

Rating

4
2016 Ford Escape Spy Photos Front Three Quarter 1
The Ford Escape compact crossover is due for a refresh, and our spy photographers recently caught a prototype that shows a new face clearly inspired by the look of the new 2015 Ford Edge. The 2016 Ford Escape is also likely to receive some interior revisions, which may include the new Sync 3 infotainment system announced last year.

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2015 Ford Escape Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.5L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
22 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
31 MPG
Horsepower:
168 hp @ 6000rpm
Torque:
170 ft lb of torque @ 4500rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
60,000 miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2015 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured April 1, 2014, to June 12, 2015, Ford Focus vehicles manufactured June 17, 2014, to June 12, 2015, and Ford C-Max vehicles manufactured April 22, 2014, to June 12, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the engine may continue to run after the key or the START/STOP engine button is turned to off. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."
Consequences
If the engine does not turn off as expected, someone could move the transmission shifter out of park and the vehicle may move unintentionally, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the body control module software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 20, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15C06.
Potential Units Affected
374,781
Notes
Ford Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: INSTRUMENT PANEL
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured May 19, 2014, to February 6, 2015, and Transit Connect vehicles manufactured May 11, 2014, to July 2, 2015. Due to a software incompatibility issue, the instrument panel cluster be inoperative including a blank multiple functional display (MFD), and non-functional warning chimes, messages and warning lights. Specific warning chimes, messages and warning lights. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 101, "Control and Displays."
Consequences
If the instrument cluster is inoperative, the driver of may not be warned of safety related issues such as low tire pressures or disabled air bags, increasing the risk of personal injury or a crash.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the instrument panel software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 10, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15C03.
Potential Units Affected
184,519
Notes
Ford Motor Company


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Poor

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2015 Ford Escape

Depreciation
39.2%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$13,462
39.2%
Insurance
$6,255
18.2%
Fuel Cost
$9,208
26.8%
Financing
$2,401
7%
Maintenance
$1,980
5.8%
Repair Costs
$641
1.9%
State Fees
$394
1.1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $34,341 What's This?
Value Rating: Average