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2015 Ford Escape Review

The 2015 Ford Escape ranks near the top of the compact SUV class. The Escape has an upscale and spacious interior, refined engine options, pleasant handling, and a good reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Zippy turbocharged engines
  • Enjoyable ride and handling
  • Attractive interior
  • Slow infotainment system

Rankings & Awards

The 2015 Ford Escape's #2 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Compact SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2015 Best Compact SUV for Families award. Currently the Ford Escape has a score of 8.4 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: 8.2
Interior: 7.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 8.4
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2015 Ford Escape Overview

Is the 2015 Ford Escape a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 Ford Escape is a great pick if you’re in the market for a used compact SUV. The Escape is fun to drive, and it rides smoothly on most road surfaces. Its cabin offers airy seating space and a substantial amount of cargo room for the class. This Ford also rates highly for reliability, and it earns good fuel economy estimates for a small SUV. Its only major downside is its hard-to-use infotainment system. The Escape isn't the only well-rounded option in this class, though. Before you buy, consider alternatives like the 2015 Mazda CX-5 and 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan.

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Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 40 Ford Escape reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our team has decades of experience in the auto industry. Though we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To maintain objectivity, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies.

How Much Is the 2015 Ford Escape?

Based on listings for the 2015 Ford Escape on our site, the average price is $17,200. Prices range from $13,000 to $21,900, and they vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Ford Escape Cost to Own?

The Escape’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $22,500, or $4,500 per year. That’s above average for a compact SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Escape?

The 2019 Ford Escape starts at $24,105. You can save thousands of dollars with a used 2015 Escape, which features comparable engine performance and handling to the new model. However, the 2019 Escape’s extra features and refinement make it a more attractive option. It has sleeker styling inside and out compared to the 2015 model, and it offers a wider array of safety features, including forward collision warning. The 2019 Escape also has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

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There are no new compact SUVs that cost less than a used 2015 Escape, but there is a compact hatchback in this price range. The 2019 Kia Soul starts at just $16,200. It has a roomy interior and almost as much cargo space as the Escape.

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Which Model Year of the Ford Escape Is Best?

The 2015 Ford Escape is part of a generation that debuted for the 2013 model year. The SUV has seen regular updates during this generation, but the most notable changes arrived for the 2016 and 2017 model years. The Escape’s clunky MyFord Touch infotainment system was replaced for 2016 with an easier-to-use SYNC 3 system. For 2017, the Escape received updated styling, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus new safety features such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and lane keep assist. Consider opting for a later model to get these desirable features.

Notably, the Escape experienced several reliability issues during its 2013 and 2014 model years. We suggest skipping these models entirely.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Ford Escape?

The 2015 Escape has a reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power, which is well above average for the class.

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2015 Ford Escape Recalls

The 2015 Escape is affected by four recalls involving faults with the seat and seat-belt hardware, door latches, ignition key, and instrument cluster. Make sure these recalls have been addressed before buying a used Escape.

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Which Used Ford Escape Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Ford Escape is available in three trim levels: S, SE, and Titanium. The base model Escape S has a fine array of standard features, including a 4.2-inch infotainment screen, a CD player, a USB port, Bluetooth, remote keyless entry, cruise control, cloth upholstery, air conditioning, and a rearview camera.

However, we recommend the Ford Escape SE for most shoppers. It’s available with the zippier 1.6- and 2.0-liter EcoBoost engines. This trim also adds satellite radio, fog lights, and alloy wheels. Lastly, the Ford Escape Titanium trim adds an 8-inch touch screen, proximity keyless entry, remote start, leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, and a power liftgate. Available features include navigation, parallel park assist, blind spot monitoring, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rear-seat DVD player, and a sunroof.

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What Does Ford's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Ford offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty after the original three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Each Ford CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

Ford does not have one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. Chevy, GMC, Honda, Kia, and Mazda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Escape?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Escape SUV the lowest rating of Poor in the small overlap front crash test. The Escape received a top rating of Good in all other areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Escape an overall rating of four out of five stars, with four stars in the frontal and rollover crash tests and five stars in the side crash tests.

The 2015 Escape comes standard with a rearview camera. Available features include front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and parallel park assist.

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2015 Ford Escape Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Escape or 2015 Honda CR-V?

The 2015 Honda CR-V and Ford Escape both provide roomy seating and big cargo areas, making them practical for hauling people and bulky items. The CR-V has better fuel economy than the Escape, earning up to 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. It’s also available with more advanced safety features. However, the Escape is the better buy. It is more enjoyable to drive, and its engines don’t feel as labored as the Honda’s. The Escape also has a better reliability rating than the CR-V.

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Escape or 2015 Toyota RAV4?

The 2015 Toyota RAV4 is another popular option in the compact SUV class. The RAV4 boasts an even larger cargo area than the Escape’s, and its soft ride filters out bumps and dips in the road nicely. The RAV4 doesn’t feel as athletic, though, and its engine offers merely adequate power. Additionally, the Ford rates higher than the Toyota for reliability. The RAV4 is a popular choice, but the Escape ranks much higher in our rankings.

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2015 Escape Performance

How Does the 2015 Ford Escape Drive?

The 2015 Ford Escape is available with three engine options: a 168-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder, a 178-horsepower, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder, and a 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is available.

The 2.5-liter engine has adequate power for most driving situations, but the 1.6- and 2.0-liter EcoBoost engines feel sprightlier, and they provide stronger acceleration and passing power than the base engine. Opt for an Escape with one of those engines. Overall, the Escape remains stable around turns, and its responsive steering helps make it one of the most fun-to-drive SUVs in the class. Its well-tuned suspension yields a smooth, comfortable ride as well.

Does the 2015 Ford Escape Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Escape returns good fuel economy for a small SUV. The 1.6-liter engine earns up to 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway (22/29 mpg with AWD). The 2.5-liter engine returns 21/30 mpg city/highway, and the 2.0-liter engine yields up to 21/29 mpg (21/28 mpg with AWD).

2015 Ford Escape Towing Capacity

The Escape is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds when equipped with its 2.0-liter engine and tow package. Models equipped with the 1.6-liter engine can tow up to 2,000 pounds, and the 2.5-liter engine is rated to tow up to 1,500 pounds.

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2015 Escape Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Escape Seat?

The 2015 Ford Escape is a four-door SUV with five seats. The front seats are cushy and supportive, and there’s ample room for taller drivers and passengers. The rear seats are comfy as well, and they can recline to better accommodate adults.

Cloth upholstery is standard; leather and heated seats are available. The Escape’s interior materials have an upscale look and feel. The cabin stays insulated from road and wind noise, even at higher speeds.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Ford Escape?

The Escape has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The lower anchors are located deep within the seat cushions, making them awkward to access.

2015 Ford Escape Features

The Escape comes standard with a 4.2-inch display, a rearview camera, a CD player, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Available features include the MyFord Touch infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, and rear-seat DVD players.

Both infotainment systems feel unrefined. The standard 4.2-inch screen is controlled by a lot of small, closely spaced buttons. The optional MyFord Touch screen tends to react slowly to inputs.

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2015 Ford Escape Dimensions

Ford Escape Cargo Space

The Escape has 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 67.8 cubic feet of space with them folded. That’s quite spacious for a compact SUV. A hands-free power liftgate is available.

2015 Escape Length and Weight

The Escape is 14.8 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 3,515 to 3,769 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Ford Escape Built?

Ford built the 2015 Escape in Kentucky.

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