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Rankings & Awards

The 2015 Ford Escape ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Ford Escape has a score of 7.9 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 40 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 8.5
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2015 Ford Escape Review

The 2015 Ford Escape sits in the middle of our compact SUV rankings. It has good handling and powerful available engines, but that's offset by below-average crash test and predicted reliability scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Sharp handling
  • Comfortable ride
  • Attractive interior styling
  • Zippy available turbocharged engines
  • Slow infotainment system

2015 Ford Escape Overview

Is the 2015 Ford Escape a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 Ford Escape is a decent SUV that nicely balances sporty handling and ride comfort – a rarity in this segment. Apart from this, however, the Escape is just average. Fuel economy isn't bad, but a number of competing models are better, and its crash-test results are below average for the class.

Used 2015 Ford Escape Performance and Interior

The Escape's base engine is a 168-horsepower four-cylinder that provides adequate power. Two available turbocharged four-cylinder engines (1.6 liter and 2.0 liter) pack more punch. The top engine produces 240 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. The front-wheel-drive Escape shines when it comes to handling. While many used SUVs in the class force you to choose between ride comfort and nimble handling, the Escape offers both. All-wheel drive is available.

With the base engine, the Escape returns an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Models with the turbocharged 1.6-liter engine return 23 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway. Overall, the Escape's fuel economy is on par for the class.

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The Ford Escape seats five and is available with power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, and heated front seats. It’s easy to find a comfortable driving position, and the front seats are supportive. The back seats have ample legroom and headroom. There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats and a tether-only connection in the middle seat. The cabin is stylish and built with high-quality materials.

The 2015 Escape comes standard with Ford's voice-activated SYNC system, which includes Bluetooth and a USB port. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker Sony stereo system, and the MyFord Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen and navigation. MyFord Touch works well at controlling phone, audio, and navigation systems, though the touch-screen interface can be slow to respond to inputs.

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Used 2015 Ford Escape Prices

The price of a used 2015 Ford Escape ranges from about $17,400 for the front-wheel-drive base S trim to around $23,400 for the top all-wheel-drive Titanium trim. The price varies depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 36 Reviews Analyzed

Our used car rankings and reviews are not based on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 36 professional reviews for our 2015 Ford Escape overview.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs for a decade, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. To ensure our impartiality, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from carmakers or dealers, and an outside team handles our site’s advertising.

How Reliable Is the 2015 Ford Escape?

The 2015 Ford Escape has a below-average predicted reliability score of 2.5 out of five, according to J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the Escape?

The 2015 Ford Escape earned four out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It received four stars in the frontal and rollover crash tests and five stars in the side crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Escape a Poor rating (the lowest possible) in the small overlap front crash test and Good ratings (the best possible) in the moderate overlap front, side impact, rear crash protection, and roof strength tests.

A rearview camera comes standard in the Escape. Available driver assistance features include blind spot warning, cross traffic alert, parallel park assist, and rear parking sensors.

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Should I Consider Another Used Escape?

The 2015 Ford Escape is part of the SUV’s third generation, which launched for 2013 and includes the 2017 model. A rearview camera was added to the standard features list for 2014. Otherwise, few changes were made between the 2013 and 2015 model years. You can likely find a similarly equipped older model for less than the 2015 model. For 2016, Ford replaced MyFord Touch with the superior SYNC 3 infotainment system.

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Which Used Ford Escape Is Right for Me?

The front-wheel-drive 2015 Ford Escape is available in three trims: S, SE, and Titanium. The base S model comes standard with a rearview camera and Ford's voice-activated SYNC system. The Ford Escape SE adds satellite radio and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. Some SE models have a 178-horsepower engine, while others have a 240-horsepower engine. The Titanium adds leather upholstery, automatic temperature control, a hands-free power liftgate, heated front seats, rear parking sensors, a 10-speaker Sony stereo, and a MyFord Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen.

Given the Escape’s poor predicted reliability score, you might consider a certified pre-owned model, which carries a manufacturer’s warranty. For all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. Each CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

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2015 Ford Escape and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Escape or 2015 Kia Sportage?

The 2015 Kia Sportage has comparable handling to the 2015 Ford Escape, though its ride isn't as comfortable. The Sportage’s base engine delivers strong acceleration, which is rare for the class. It also has better safety scores than the Escape, and its predicted reliability score is a bit better as well. Inside, the Sportage has an attractive cabin and simple-to-use dashboard and infotainment controls. Higher safety and reliability ratings make the Sportage the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Escape or 2015 Nissan Rogue?

The 2015 Nissan Rogue has a slightly larger cargo hold than the Escape’s, and you can adjust the space into 18 different configurations to hide your belongings. The Rogue’s zero-gravity front seats offer excellent comfort and support, and its sliding and reclining rear seats add flexibility. The Rogue is one of the few SUVs in the class with an available third row, convenient if you need more seating. The Rogue also earns better fuel economy estimates than the Escape, and it performed better in crash tests. The Rogue is the better choice.

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