2015 Ford Escape

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Key Specs

of the 2015 Ford Escape. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Interior quality
  • Hands-free power liftgate available
  • Automated parking system available
  • Panoramic moonroof available

The Bad

  • Cheap-looking plastic along wheel arches
  • Many unlabeled buttons on base model
  • MyFord Touch option is controversial
  • High center console

Notable Features of the 2015 Ford Escape

  • Backup camera standard
  • Seats five
  • Choice of three engines
  • Six-speed automatic standard
  • Front- or all-wheel drive

2015 Ford Escape Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Ford Escape competes with the Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, to name just a few models in the crowded compact SUV class. Of Ford's five-seat SUVs, the Escape is the smaller one; the five-seat Ford Edge is midsize.

New for 2015
There are no significant changes.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.


Exterior Highlights

  • 17-inch wheels; 18- or 19-inch wheels available
  • Available hands-free power liftgate
  • Available Class II trailering package
  • Available panoramic moonroof

Interior Highlights

  • Seats five
  • Cloth upholstery; available leather
  • Split-folding backseat
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Available MyFord Touch with 8-inch touch-screen
  • Available active park assist that automates parallel parking
  • Available navigation system

Under the Hood

  • 168-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Available 173-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder
  • Available 231-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front- or all-wheel drive

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • MyKey programmable key system
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Backup camera
  • Roll Stability Control
  • Available blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Available front and rear parking sensors

 

Vehicle Overview

The Ford Escape competes with the Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, to name just a few models in the crowded compact SUV class. Of Ford's five-seat SUVs, the Escape is the smaller one; the five-seat Ford Edge is midsize.

New for 2015
There are no significant changes.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.


Exterior Highlights

  • 17-inch wheels; 18- or 19-inch wheels available
  • Available hands-free power liftgate
  • Available Class II trailering package
  • Available panoramic moonroof

Interior Highlights

  • Seats five
  • Cloth upholstery; available leather
  • Split-folding backseat
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Available MyFord Touch with 8-inch touch-screen
  • Available active park assist that automates parallel parking
  • Available navigation system

Under the Hood

  • 168-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Available 173-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder
  • Available 231-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front- or all-wheel drive

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • MyKey programmable key system
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Backup camera
  • Roll Stability Control
  • Available blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Available front and rear parking sensors

 


Latest 2015 Escape Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Best used car I've owned

by Mike used car guy from Pennsauken on October 19, 2018

Ford has been building cars the public needs and want. The 2015 Escape is no exception. This vehicle pays attention to every detail from the inside out. The mechanics cover your needs for both fuel ... Read full review

(5.0)

Perfect little SUV

by CourtneyFeldaRN from LaBelle Fl on October 18, 2018

I was looking for a SUV that was good on mileage for my family since my husband and I both drive 44+ miles back and forth to work everyday. Comfortable, great, and sporty looking. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Ford Escape currently has 4 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Ford Escape S

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
poor
Lower leg/foot
acceptable
Overall evaluation
poor
Retraints and dummy kinematics
marginal
Structure and safety cage
poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
poor
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Evaluation
poor
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
marginal
Structure and Safety Cage
poor
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Ford
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 6 years old/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Escape received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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