The 2015 Ford Escape is one of many successes by the Blue Oval. The Escape, a once boxy and “plain jane” compact crossover, is now sleek and sassy. But just great looks aren’t enough to sell in today’s market. No, the Escape backs itself as a serious competitor with a great ride, powerful and yet fuel-efficient engines and a premium interior.
But that doesn’t mean Ford’s resting on its laurels. Though the addition of the new Magnetic Metallic paint color to the 2015 Escape’s already extensive color pallet seems minor, it shows the automaker’s continued commitment to updating its lineup in today’s ferocious crossover competition.
The Focus-based Ford Escape comes in three trim levels: the S, the SE and the Titanium. All are well-equipped with standard safety gear like anti-lock disc brakes, blind-spot side mirrors, a rearview camera system, stability control, traction control, and front-seat side airbags, a driver knee airbag and full-length side curtain airbags. Ford's MyKey, which allows parents to set limits on things like maximum speed and audio volume for their teen drivers, is also standard. More advance safety tech, like rear parking sensors and blind-spot warning system with cross-traffic alert, is available on certain trim levels.
The entry-level Ford Escape S comes with a six-speaker audio system, air conditioning, audio and cruise controls on the steering wheel, SYNC voice command system with Bluetooth connectivity, and a USB port. The SE builds on this base with alloy wheels, automatic headlamps, foglights, rear privacy glass, satellite radio, more premium cloth for the upholstery, and an eight-way powered driver seat. The Escape Titanium comes with the most features as befitting the top-level trim. Notable ones include a blind-spot detection, automated parallel parking, leather upholstery, navigation, Sync with MyFord Touch, and a sunroof that covers both rows. The powered liftgate of the Titanium can be opened with just a wave of one’s foot.
Want even more features? Each trim level offers numerous options both in standalone equipment and in packages. Notable ones for the Escape S include roof rails, privacy glass and rear parking sensors. The Convenience package for the SE adds a dual-zone automatic climate control system, upgraded Sync services like smartphone app integration, and more speakers to the audio system. Or shoppers can cherry pick such niceties as 18-in. wheels, parking sensors, a panoramic sunroof, and a navigation system. Finally, the already packed Escape Titanium can be had with the Titanium Technology package which adds xenon headlights, automatic wipers, and an automated parallel-parking system. A friendly member from your local Ford dealership staff can provide a complete breakdown on which option is available on what Escape trim level.
Two engines power the Escape. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is found under the hood of the Escape S. With the Ford Escape SE and Titanium models, buyers have a choice of either a 1.6 or 2.0-liter turbocharged four-banger. All are paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel economy ranges between 22-23 mpg city, 30-32 mpg highway and 25-26 mpg combined*. These figures drop 1-2 mpg in models equipped with the available all-wheel drive system (SE and Titanium).
*All vehicle mileage based on 2015 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.