2015 Ford Escape

The 2015 Ford Escape is among our favored tiny crossover energy vehicles, thanks to sports driving characteristics, a welcoming cabin as well as useful modern features. Based upon the same platform as the Focus, the Escape discusses its smaller sized brother or sister’s solid construct high quality, adaptability and athletic attitude

Review

The 2015 Ford Escape is a small crossover SUV that can be found in three trim degrees: S, SE as well as Titanium.

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The S possesses 17-inch steel wheels, an integrated blind-spot mirror, MyKey adult commands, full power accessories, keyless access, cruise command, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding and reclining back seat, a rearview cam, the Sync voice command electronics interface, Bluetooth phone as well as audio connectivity, as well as a six-speaker sound system with a CD gamer, a USB/iPod interface as well as an auxiliary audio jack.

Options on the S include remote beginning, roof rails, back personal privacy glass as well as back parking sensing units.

Upgrading to the SE adds 17-inch alloy wheels, the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, automated headlights, foglights, a keyless access keypad, rear personal privacy glass, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat (with two-way power lumbar), upgraded fabric upholstery, a rear center armrest and also satellite radio.

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The optional SE Convenience bundle includes roofing rails, rear vehicle parking sensing units, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 110-volt household-style power outlet, an 8-inch touchscreen with the MyFord Touch electronics user interface, upgraded Sync services (including smartphone app combination) and also a nine-speaker stereo.

Selecting the Leather Comfort plan acquires you heated mirrors, natural leather furniture, a leather-wrapped wheel as well as shift knob, and heated front seats. Available as specific choices are 18-inch wheels, the vehicle parking sensing units, remote ignition, a breathtaking sunroof, a power liftgate, a freight cover and a gps system.

On top of the line, the Titanium incorporates the material of the SE Convenience and Leather Comfort bundles plus 18-inch wheels, remote ignition, keyless ignition and also access, the power liftgate (with hands-free operation), ambient interior illumination, an eight-way power-adjustable guest seat (with power lumbar), driver memory settings, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and also a Sony 10-speaker stereo with HD Radio.

Choices consist of a Titanium Technology bundle (xenon headlights, blind-spot tracking, cross-traffic warning, automated wipers as well as an automated parallel-parking system), 19-inch alloy wheels as well as the breathtaking sunroof as well as gps system.

Engine

The 2015 Ford Escape differs from its rivals by providing three engine options. A six-speed automatic transmission as well as front-wheel drive (FWD) are typical across the board, with just about the S available with all-wheel drive (AWD).

A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque is typical on the S and a cost-reducing choice on the front-wheel-drive SE. Fuel economic climate estimates for the 2.5 FWD are 25 mpg integrated (22 city/31 highway).

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The SE as well as Titanium come standard with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that makes 178 hp as well as 184 lb-ft. In Edmunds performance testing, a front-wheel-drive Escape 1.6 went from absolutely no to 60 mph in 9.4 seconds. Its gas economy is 26 mpg combined (23 city/32 freeway), while AWD lowers it by 1-2 mpg.

Interior

Up front in the cabin the Escape supplies a pair of well-rounded, generously padded seats that make certain proper convenience and also support. Materials as well as overall fit as well as surface are excellent. The determines are large and easily read.

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Yet while the majority of controls are instinctive, those for the climate system are awkwardly found down low, and also the common infotainment interface of form-over-function buttons as well as a smallish display isn’t specifically user-friendly. The optional MyFord Touch touchscreen system is better, and although still a little picky to make use of at times, it does an excellent task of managing the auto’s numerous audio, phone and gps features and also well goes well with the Sync voice commands.

Price

The 2015 Ford Escape S begins simply under $24,000 yet that’s with the least desirable of its three engine choices, black plastic exterior covered as well as trim steel wheels. Stepping up to the Escape SE treatments those imperfections and also adds Sync infotainment and various other upgrades for around $26,500.

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