Ford’s competitor in the small utility vehicle segment, the Escape, has been refreshed for 2015.
The 2015 Escape is available with a choice of 3 engines.
New to the model is a 1.6L Ecoboost 4 cylinder that produces 178 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque.
This engine is paired to a 6-speed automatic, and is available with a 2WD or 4WD drivetrain and allows for towing up to 2000 lbs.
The 2.5L 4cyl option, is good for only 168 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to 6-speed automatic, but is only available in 2WD models.
The 2.oL Ecoboost 4 cyl. puts 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque through a 6-speed automatic, making this the ideal choice for those looking to pull a small trailer(up to 3500 lbs). As the top of the line offering, either a 2WD or 4WD drivetrain can be chosen.
The only down side to the 2.0L engine is it prefers premium fuel.
The 2015 Escape has several technologies that conspire to keep you safe.
Among these are active park assist, with available parallel parking assist, a blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert, this system displays an alert icon in the side mirror whenever a vehicle is detected in the blind spot, roll stability control and SOS post crash alert system.
Further ensuring your safe commute, is the Curve control technology. This tech will slow the vehicle in a corner if it deems you are going to fast.
This should put a stop to any adolescent tail-out winter hooliganism, which is a shame as I am a fan.
The Escape is available with a similar intelligent all wheel drive system found in the 2016 Explorer. This system monitors 25 sensors, and then uses an electro-magnetic clutch to send torque to the best wheels for the given situation, ensuring the best handling and traction characteristics.
Inside the driver will find the familiar MyFord Touch technology, that allows you to manage information through voice commands, menus accessed via steering wheel controls, touch screens, buttons or knobs.
This versatile little SUV, offers 68.1 cu.ft of cargo space with the rear seats folded flat, and 34.3 cu.ft. with seats up. This space is easily accessed due to the hands-free tailgate function.
An interesting tidbit is, Ford used recycled materials. The hood liner uses 10 lbs of recycled cotton as sound deadening. The carpets materials include 25 recycled 20 ounce plastic bottles.
For customers who require a bit more garnish, the Escape can be had with a chrome appearance package that includes chrome door handles, roof rails, lift gate appliqué, and trim on the front grilles.
The 2015 Ford Escape is a great little package for anyone who needs a bit more space than a Fiesta but not as much as an Explorer.