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2015 Ford Escape – S FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility I4 Auto Trans (Base Trim)

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We liked
  • Ford’s Best-Selling SUV
  • European Design
  • Wide Selection of Trims and Powertrains
We disliked
  • Less Cargo Space Than Some Competitors
  • Sync/MyFord Touch Interface Frustrates Some
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MSRP
$23,450
MPG
22 / 31
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ENGINE
2.5L I4
HORSE POWER
168 hp
@ 6,000 rpm
TORQUE
170 ft lb
of torque @ 4,500 rpm
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Although many still associate SUVs with the Ford Explorer and Chevrolet Tahoe from the mid-’90s to early ’00s, compact crossovers are the new sales leaders in today’s SUV field. As part of Alan Mulally’s “One Ford” initiative, the U.S. market got the good fortune of getting a version of the European Ford Kuga as the 2013 Escape. Compared to its predecessor, the new Escape is much more stylish and technologically advanced. No V-6 engines are offered, but with the top 2.0L EcoBoost offering 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, you won’t be missing those extra cylinders. With trims ranging from the basic rental fleet S trim all the way to the plush Titanium, there’s a trim for every budget and taste. Although it has slightly less cargo volume than the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4, the Escape’s optional foot-actuated tailgate makes getting to that space easier than ever.

REVIEW

Coverage of crossovers in Truck Trend tends to elicit a polarized response from readers, to say the least. Some faithful followers of the title say we should do pickups only and that SUVs, crossovers, vans, and other variations of utilitarian vehicles are just fluff and distractions. But, when you look at the overall market, aside from fullsize trucks and midsize sedans, compact crossovers are among the biggest sellers. So we feel it's only fair to give this significant segment some attention. In 2013, the Escape was Ford's second best-selling model behind only the F-Series trucks. To get a refresher on this bread-and-butter model for Ford, we got a 2014 Ford Escape SE equipped with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4 engine, a good representative example of how many Escape models are equipped.
The fully-loaded Ford Escape Titanium rivals some luxury brands' crossovers in terms of equipment and features, with leather, heated memory seats, power tailgate, HID lights, and the usual assortment of expected premium features. Our tester was much more modestly-equipped, and it felt so. On its own, it was no penalty box, with driver-side power seat adjustment, Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming, and of course power windows and locks, keyless entry, satellite radio and automatic headlights. But compared to fully-loaded Escape models we've driven, our SE tester felt decidedly austere.
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Over the past several years, Ford has been very aggressive in its application of its downsized EcoBoost turbocharged gasoline-direct-injection engines, and the Ford Escape is no exception. The rental-fleet staple S trim comes equipped with a naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter I-4, but the bulk of SE models get the 1.6-liter Ford EcoBoost I-4, producing 178 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. That output puts it in the same ballpark as competitors' naturally-aspirated 2.4 and 2.5L engines, and likewise, acceleration is similar. Our tester did the 0-60 sprint in 8.2 seconds, about the same as Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4. Handling was slightly better than average at 0.81 g. Observed average fuel economy of 23 mpg was decent, but not remarkably better than what we've seen in competitive models. Only when compared to the robust power delivery of the 2.0 EcoBoost does the 1.6L leave you wanting more, with the larger engine having a 62hp and 86–lb-ft advantage.
The Escape's Euro-penned Kinetic styling still looks fresh and contemporary a year after its introduction but comes off as slightly busy from some angles. Like the Titanium, the SE has a dual rear-outlet exhaust, giving a little sportiness to this otherwise thoroughly mainstream crossover. The Escape shares its platform with the critically-acclaimed Focus compact, and much of the Focus' driving dynamics and personality also come through on the Escape with quick steering, good real-world grip, and responsive brakes. For buyers that need a crossover, but want the fun-to-drive feel of a compact, the Escape is a reasonable trade-off.
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Although handsome and reasonably functional, the Ford Escape does fall a bit short of the class leaders in terms of total cargo volume, with a noticeably smaller cargo hold than the CR-V or RAV4. For most buyers, the Escape's cargo capacity should be more than sufficient, whether for diaper bags and strollers, or with the seats folded, outdoor gear and mountain bikes.
One option we'd definitely pop for on the SE is MyFord Touch. Ford's touchscreen variation of Sync has had its fair share of criticism from both journalists and consumers, but it is vastly preferable to the standard center stack of the Escape. Like with MyFord Touch, our primary gripe is not so much with the physical ergonomics of the design, but with the function. We had to manually re-sync our phone each time we got in the vehicle for Bluetooth music streaming to work, a feature that usually auto-connects when selected in most other recent models we've driven. Also, using the directional arrow controls to scroll through and select the functions in this non-touchscreen version of Sync is an exercise in frustration, not to mention a potentially dangerous driving distraction. We suggest only taking a deep dive into the Sync menu and its functions when parked.
Just as when it was introduced as a 2013 model, the Ford Escape is still a solid, if not flawless, entry in the cutthroat compact crossover segment. The cabin tech interface remains the most glaring shortcoming, an issue Ford is well aware of, and will surely address in a mid-cycle refresh of the Escape, likely coming for the 2016 model year. But the Escape's current combination of style, driving dynamics, and value make it easy to see why it's a best-selling model for Ford on multiple continents.
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2014 Ford Escape SE
Base price $26,445
Price As Tested $26,445 (est)
Vehicle layout Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV
Engine 1.6L/178-hp/184-lb-ft DOHC turbocharged 16-valve I-4
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Curb weight (F/R Dist) 3437 lb (58/42%)
Wheelbase 105.9 in
Length x width x height 178.1 x 72.4 x 66.3 in
0-60 mph 8.2 sec
Quarter Mile 16.3 sec @ 83.4 mph
Braking, 60-0 122 ft
Lateral Acceleration 0.81 g (avg)
EPA city/hwy/comb fuel econ 23/32/26 mpg
Energy Cons., City/Highway 147/105 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 emissions 0.74 lb/mile (est)
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Auto News: 2008 Escape Hybrid - The President's Choice" Ad Download Ad
With the 2008 Presidential campaign in full swing, Ford is touting the fact that the Escape Hybrid is the "candidate's choice" for transportation, whether at home or on the campaign trail, in ads on Capitol Hill.
Sep 28, 2007
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Auto News: The State of Missouri Receives Four Ford E85 Escape Hybrid
The State of Missouri and Kansas City Power & Light took delivery of four of the 20 Ford Hybrid Electric Flexible Fuel Vehicles being delivered to fleet customers in six states.
Aug 16, 2007
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First Look: 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid
The 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid, the most fuel-efficient SUV on the planet, helped generate $37,000 for the environmental groupHeal the Bay at the organization's annual charity auction.
The ManufacturerJun 1, 2007
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Max PayLoad: News, Rumors, Trends, Stuff
Get the latest information on trucks and SUVs!
G.R. WhaleMay 11, 2007
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First Look: 2008 Ford Escape
The Escape, a startling sales success since its introduction back in 2000 as a 2001 model, has finally come in for a redesign.
John Pearley HuffmanFeb 26, 2007

2007 Ford Escape

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$19,320
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Preowned: 2005-2007 Ford Escape Hybrid
Ford had promised more Green vehicles and improved fuel economy throughout its line well before the first Escape was introduced for 2001.
Marc CookAug 19, 2008
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Auto News: Southwest Gas Receives Demonstration E85 Escape Hybrid
Ford Motor Company's demonstration fleet of ethanol-fueled hybrids is ready to go to work on the streets of Las Vegas.
The ManufacturerJun 28, 2007
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Auto News: Ford Escape Hybrid Taxi Hit The New York City Streets
In an announcement this week by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to change taxi policy toward increasing fuel economy standards, highlights Ford's leadership in hybrid taxis.
May 23, 2007
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Auto News: Teens Can Turn To The Web For Tips To Become Better Drivers
In this season when many teens are concentrating on proms or graduation, parents are more likely to focus on keeping their teenagers safe on the road.
May 7, 2007
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Auto News: Use of Alternative Energy May Reap Insurance Discounts
Californians who strive to save the planet through use of alternative resources may not only save money on energy, but can save on insurance, too.
Apr 13, 2007
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Auto News: Ford Escape Hybrid and Kermit Honored By IAG RESEARCH
Ford's award-winning 30-second Super Bowl spot featuring Kermit the Frog* celebrated the environmental benefits of the Ford Escape Hybrid and the ease in which consumers can access this fuel-efficient technology.
Apr 13, 2007
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Auto News: All-New Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner Begin Production At Kansas City Assembly
Ford Motor Company today celebrated the launch of the all-new 2008 Ford Escape and Mercury Marine...
Feb 1, 2007

2006 Ford Escape

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$19,380
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Preowned: 2005-2007 Ford Escape Hybrid
Ford had promised more Green vehicles and improved fuel economy throughout its line well before the first Escape was introduced for 2001.
Marc CookAug 19, 2008

2005 Ford Escape

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$19,425
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Preowned: 2005-2007 Ford Escape Hybrid
Ford had promised more Green vehicles and improved fuel economy throughout its line well before the first Escape was introduced for 2001.
Marc CookAug 19, 2008
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2005 Ford Escape Review
A facelift and trendy hybrid model freshen an aging sport/cute
IntelliChoiceAug 15, 2005
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Road Test: 2005 Jeep Liberty CRD 4WD Diesel Vs. 2005 Toyota RAV4 L Internal Combustion Vs. 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid AWD Hybrid
Two opposing automotive truths have emerged in the past decade. One: The SUV craze won't go away. Two: As long as SUVs are here, there will be politically correct people around to hate them.
Todd LassaJul 26, 2005
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2005 Toyota RAV4 L vs. Jeep Liberty CRD vs. Ford Escape Hybrid SUV Reviews
Two opposing automotive truths have emerged in the past decade. One: The sport/utility craze won't go away. Two: As long as SUVs are around, the most strident, politically correct tree huggers will complain that SUVs are wasteful of most things automotive, responsible for shaky oil reserves, global
Todd LassaApr 29, 2005
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First Drive: 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid
Ford now joins the hybrid game with the market's first gas/electric-powered compact SUV.
Neil G. ChiricoFeb 16, 2005
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2005 Ford Escape - Hybrid Theory
Proving SUVs and High Fuel Economy Mix
Dec 1, 2004
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First Drive: 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid
Let's face facts: Planet Earth has only so much fossil fuel available, and at some point, we'll exhaust our supply.
Neil G. ChiricoJul 15, 2004
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Road Test: 2005 Ford Escape XLT Sport 4WD vs. 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 4WD GLS vs. 2004 Saturn VUE AWD Red Line vs. 2005 Chevrolet Equinox AWD LT
Gather 'round the campfire: We take to the trail in four compact V-6 SUVs in search of truth, value, and a hot shower
Kim ReynoldsJul 13, 2004
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Technology for Better Miles Per Gallon
With gas prices at all-time highs and tolerance of dirty tailpipe emissions at all-time lows in California and the Northeast, truck owners are taking it on the chin.
Mike McNessorApr 11, 2004
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2005 Ford Escape Hybrid On Sale Next Summer
After about a year delay due to development challenges, the 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid will be built...
Nov 3, 2003

2004 Ford Escape

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$18,710
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Ford to Recall About 485,000 2001-2004 Ford Escapes for Throttle Fix
A recall has begun on 2001-2004 Ford Escapes. The compact SUV became the subject of an NHTSA investigation earlier this month -- the new recall includes 423,634 vehicles in the U.S. plus about 60,000 additional vehicles outside the U.S.
Zach GaleJul 27, 2012
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2004 Alternative Fuel & Hybrid Vehicle Guide
There's a lot to be said for the sound and feel of a high-revving engine accompanied by a few choice power shifts, or for that matter the visceral thrill of 10 cylinders motivating a scorching straight-line launch.
Ron Cogan/Green Car JournalNov 15, 2003

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$18,710
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Celebrity Drive: ESPN Anchor Sara Walsh
On her love of manual transmissions and her 2003 Ford Escape
K.S. WangSep 19, 2014

2002 Ford Escape

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$18,670
23 / 27
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2002-2004 Ford Escape Under Investigation for Unintended Acceleration
Following the death of an Arizona teenager, 99 consumer complaints, and 13 crashes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating approximately 730,000 2002-2004 Ford Escape and platform-mate Mazda Tribute models for unintended acceleration, according to a report from Bloomber
Edward A. SanchezJul 19, 2012
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2001-2002 Ford Escape and Mercury Monterey, 2004-2005 Freestar Recalled
Ford and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have issued recalls for several vehicles, the Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterery minivans, plus the Ford Escape SUV.
Jake HolmesJan 11, 2012
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California Car Cover Ford Escape
This Ford Escape project began with removing all the stock body cladding, sanding the panels smooth, and fogging on a layer of retina-scorching yellow paint.
John KiewiczDec 18, 2002
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Does Saturn's VUE SUV have what it takes to compete in the compact SUV marketplace?
Kevin WingDec 9, 2002

2001 Ford Escape

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$18,185
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WEB ONLY! -- The Great Escape!
When it comes to demo vehicles, MTX is one of the leaders in building super cool, yet totally functional vehicles to display their audio equipment. And a perfect example of this is freshly created 2001 Ford Escape.
DG LeadbetterFeb 25, 2003
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Best of the Compacts?
Once a year, in the spring, Truckin's SUV publishes its annual SUV of the Year feature, choosing the most noteworthy new or redesigned sport utilities for the current model year. This year, the redesigned '02 Cadillac Escalade took top honors and was pitted ag
Oct 7, 2002
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