2015 Ford Escape
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A Sports Car That Can Tow 3500 pounds

by from Washington DC area on September 24, 2015

I've driven Escapes since 2002. This is my third -- a fully loaded Titanium. I've had it for 2500 miles now. Fantastic car. I drove a number of competitors (Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester a...
I've driven Escapes since 2002. This is my third -- a fully loaded Titanium. I've had it for 2500 miles now. Fantastic car. I drove a number of competitors (Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester and Outback) and was totally willing to buy the winner. PROS *Best acceleration and handling of the bunch. I did a road trip that involved a number of passing situations and, when asked, this car rocketed and stayed in control. *Very comfortable seats. The only car I tested that had a fully-adjustable electronic passenger seat. *A tech and convenience feature set to rival top end brands. *Buy far the highest towing capacity. CONS (minor) *Some controls, like climate, aren't as intuitive to operate as some competitors. *A somewhat busy interior that may turn off some buyers. COMPETITION NOTES *The Rogue had perhaps the most elegant interior but the engine felt like it was straining any time it was asked to step up, even in relatively low speed situations. *The Subaru Outback drove like a heavy tank. I'm sure it deserves its reputation for quality and utility but it was a snore to drive. *The Forester (not a higher trim model) was no driver either. It also had a few cheesy annoyances, like a plastic ridge under the window armrest that rubbed on my elbow. (The Escape scored highly on touch points.) It was very spacious, though and I'm sure functional and reliable. But I found the Escape far more interesting. *The Mazda CX-5 is a great vehicle -- perhaps the most elegant and beautiful exterior. I drove the highest class with leather seats and found them less comfortable than the Escape's. Even in that class, the passenger seat was manual and had no lumbar support. The Mazda came in a close second and I considered getting it. But the Ford hit on more levels and so far I have no regrets. I love it.
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Zippy SUV with good MPG

by from Leesburg, GA on July 9, 2016

For 9 years I have been driving a 2006 Ford Fusion and just upgraded to the 2015 Esacpe Titanium. I am about 5 foot 10 inches tall and the ride height is just about perfect. I may have to raise my toe...
For 9 years I have been driving a 2006 Ford Fusion and just upgraded to the 2015 Esacpe Titanium. I am about 5 foot 10 inches tall and the ride height is just about perfect. I may have to raise my toes about an inch to slide into the seat and I don't have to lean down or up to get in or out. I didn't get the sunroof option and I have a lot of headroom (enough to wear hats without brushing the roof). I did several test drives and learned that the 2.0L engine is the way to go if you can get one. The 1.6L Ecoboost drops power past a certain RPM and the 2.0L doesn't. You will only notice the difference during a hard acceleration. I don't hard accelerate much but I noticed the power difference going down the interstate. From rest, the Escape wants to go forward and is a smooth zippy ride with plenty of power to spare. My Ford Fusion long term in town driving was just over 20MPG. So far the Escape is running between 19MPG and 20MPG. As my Fusion got older it lost about 2MPG for in town driving so my final long term for the Escape may end up lower. The Titanium level amenities are fantastic! The remote start pays for it self in the hot summer. I am using slightly more gas by idling it more but in the hot summer it's a price I am willing to pay. The large screen backup camera gives me better visibility than I can get by turning around in my seat to see behind the vehicle to backup. I am a little disappointed that my Android phone can't display on the sync screen for Google map directions. Also, I am used to using Google voice so learning the Sync commands take a little getting used to. The nice thing is it does allow even control of the air conditioner but navigating my phone's playlists is not working well. These are all minor points compared to how great the vehicle feels to sit in and drive. One cool feature I am loving is the ambient lighting, especially at night.
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great redesign

by from Barre Ma on February 8, 2016

We traded a twelve year old escape for the 2015 and surprised with how Ford adapted to the times with a tight sporty ride, double the mileage (old 3.0 vs new 2.5),and easy to use sync system. Well don...
We traded a twelve year old escape for the 2015 and surprised with how Ford adapted to the times with a tight sporty ride, double the mileage (old 3.0 vs new 2.5),and easy to use sync system. Well done!
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Love this suv

by from Niagara Falls,NyY on July 19, 2015

Have only had the car for two weeks but it is fully loaded with everything anyone could ask for. Windshield wipers are even automatic according to the amount of rain on the windshield! No messing arou...
Have only had the car for two weeks but it is fully loaded with everything anyone could ask for. Windshield wipers are even automatic according to the amount of rain on the windshield! No messing around with settings. The automatic lift gate is so easy to operate,the park assist,rear camera, warning beeps if anyone is behind your car when you're backing out of anywhere. Lights on the side mirrors let you know there is a vehicle coming up on your side. This car has everything anyone could ask for and for a great price. My husband and I both love the Ford Escape Titanium. It is simply a lot of bang for the buck!
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Have had my car 3 weeks... Love it...

by from Southwest Florida on February 1, 2015

Cars.com was instrumental in getting a great price. Test drove and after having a mustang convertible for 13 years, I loved - the height and the seat was pretty much the same feeling...Only have about...
Cars.com was instrumental in getting a great price. Test drove and after having a mustang convertible for 13 years, I loved - the height and the seat was pretty much the same feeling...Only have about 600 miles, but city and highway - handles like a dream... Dumb stuff I do not like.. They could have put a button inside for trunk..Only 1 pocket on the back of the front bucket seats.. passenger behind driver has no pocket... would have cost $1.00 to have it there. Very stylish exterior.. I am really loving it so far!
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Good car

by from Columbus, OH on December 4, 2015

Interior needed more foot room for the gas pedal and brake. Area needed more room for my feet. Gas mileage is a disappointment. Most other cars get 5+ miles or more to the gallon, compared to the Esca...
Interior needed more foot room for the gas pedal and brake. Area needed more room for my feet. Gas mileage is a disappointment. Most other cars get 5+ miles or more to the gallon, compared to the Escape.
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Nice but, front end has ridiculous rattle

by from NY on August 16, 2015

Pleased with performance...the S-mode is fun and sporty, especially for an SUV. The comfort is generally acceptable however there really isn't a whole lot of padding to the seats. Interior storage for...
Pleased with performance...the S-mode is fun and sporty, especially for an SUV. The comfort is generally acceptable however there really isn't a whole lot of padding to the seats. Interior storage for the driver is a bit lacking and the door pockets are hard to access if you have big hands like me. My main complaint is the front-end rattling/knocking noise that comes up through the steering column as you pass low speed over minor bumps. It is very noticeable and annoying...it sounds like the car has 250K miles on it and it has done it since day one. I've taken it to 2 different dealers and both basically said that it is safe and that Ford doesn't yet have a fix for it. Unbelieveable!
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Love my 2015 Escape

by from Smoky Mountains, TN on January 18, 2016

This is my first SUV and I'm so pleased. It was used with 6100 miles when I purchased it a month ago. I live in the Smoky Mountains and it handles the mountain roads well. I mostly drive in the mounta...
This is my first SUV and I'm so pleased. It was used with 6100 miles when I purchased it a month ago. I live in the Smoky Mountains and it handles the mountain roads well. I mostly drive in the mountains and still average 24 miles to the gallon! I have back problems and getting in and out is painless and the driver seat is very comfortable. I also love the bluetooth capability and Sirius XM radio!! I have absolutely no complaints about my Escape! Thank you, Ford Motor Company, for making such a nice vehicle.
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Great Experince at Hardee Ford

by from South Hill, VA on June 1, 2015

me and my husband purchased an Escape from Hardee Ford In South Hill. we worked with internet sales manager Kevin Smiley. he was a very pleasant young man to work with and made everything very simple....
me and my husband purchased an Escape from Hardee Ford In South Hill. we worked with internet sales manager Kevin Smiley. he was a very pleasant young man to work with and made everything very simple. we traded in our very new Honda CRV because once we drove the escape we preferred how safe it felt to drive and the ride was better with more room. I would highly recommend the escape.
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15 Escape

by from Mich on December 30, 2014

Love it except I keep hitting my head getting in & I am short! Only have had it two weeks but it seems very comfortable, stable & handles well.
Love it except I keep hitting my head getting in & I am short! Only have had it two weeks but it seems very comfortable, stable & handles well.
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