The 2015 Ford Escape is one of America’s favorite new small crossover utility vehicles. It has a welcoming interior and all sorts of high-tech features, and it provides a satisfying driving experience. It comes in three different trims: S, SE, and Titanium.
Escape buyers will have their choice of three engines. The base engine is a four cylinder, 2.5 liter with 168 horses and 170 lb-ft of torque. There are also two turbocharged four-cylinder engines available. One is a 1.6 liter that maximizes fuel economy. It has 178 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The other has 2.0 liters and performs similar to most six-cylinder engines with its 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque.
Each engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive except for the S, where all-wheel drive is available. The 2.5-liter engine with front-wheel drive achieves 25 combined mpg (22 city and 31 highway). The SE and Titanium trims’ 1.6-liter engine achieves 26 combined mpg (23 city and 32 highway), while the 2.0-liter engine attains a combined 25 mpg (22 city and 30 highway).
The new Escape is loaded with features such as Ford’s SYNC voice control system, MyFord Touch electronics interface, an iPod interface, 17-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, cruise control, keyless entry, air conditioning, a tilt/telescope steering wheel, a CD player, a six-speaker sound system, USB/iPod interface, and Bluetooth phone/audio connectivity. The S trim has other available options, including rear privacy glass, roof rails, and remote start.
The SE adds on automatic headlights, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, satellite radio, a rear center armrest, and more. Drivers can also choose to add the SE Convenience package that provides dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touchscreen, upgraded SYNC services, and more. There’s also a Leather Comfort package that provides leather upholstery, heated mirrors, and a leather steering wheel/shift knob.
Buyers can even choose to add individual items a la carte. These include parking sensors, a panoramic sunroof, a navigation system, a cargo cover, a power lift gate, remote ignition, and 18-inch wheels.
The Titanium combines the Leather Comfort package with the SE Convenience package and tacks on an array of other luxuries. These include a hands-free power lift gate, an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat with power lumbar, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an HD radio, a Sony 10-speaker sound system, ambient interior lighting, and driver memory settings. A navigation system, panoramic sunroof, 19-inch alloy wheels, and Xenon headlights can be added with the Titanium Technology package.
Standard safety features include traction and stability control, front seat side airbags, full-length side-curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag, a rearview camera, anti-lock disc brakes, and an integrated blind spot mirror. MyKey parental controls are implemented so parents can establish parameters for their teenage drivers.
The S version adds on rear parking sensors. The Titanium Technology package provides a cross traffic alert, a blind spot monitoring system, an automated parallel parking system, and automatic wipers.
Edmunds tested the Escape’s brakes and found that they stopped from 60 mph in only 115 feet. That’s an excellent stopping distance compared to similar vehicles. Edmunds reports that it’s actually 8 feet better than the class’s average.
You can find the new Ford Escape at Kriegers Ford. We’re located at 3205 North Highway 61 in Muscatine, IA 52761. If you’d like to speak with a dealership representative over the phone, dial 888-905-0743, or stop in to view our new Ford inventory and showroom of certified pre-owned vehicles. We can’t wait to see you on our sales floor!