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The Ford Escape has been one of the most popular SUVs since it was first introduced in 2000. The small crossover utility vehicle is versatile enough to serve multiple demographics. Families love it because it offers more size than the standard sedan but it is not as large or dowdy as a minivan.
Single professionals love it because it is a stylish vehicle that can impress a small group of business clients as well as it does a date. Laborers love it because it offers enough room to carry power tools and other equipment while also offering a clean and professional ride for visiting new clients or for doubling as a family vehicle.
Originally, the Ford Escape was designed in conjunction with Mazda, and the Mazda Tribute had an eerie resemblance to it. Since then, the Ford Escape has undergone many design innovations and mechanical upgrades, and the 2015 Ford Escape delivers a distinctive look and performance.
Now in its third generation, the Ford Escape continues to innovate, and it shows no signs of slowing down.
Sport utility vehicles aren't known for their fuel efficiency. They typically have the performance of a sedan with the gas-guzzling properties of a truck. The 2015 Ford Escape defies those conventions and delivers a crossover that is both powerful and fuel efficient.
The base engine is a 1.6-liter Inline4 that is paired with a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission for smooth handling and reliable performance. The engine puts out 178 horsepower and 184 pounds per feet of torque.
While the base engine will deliver sufficient performance, you can get even more strength from the 2015 Ford Escape by choosing the optional 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, which puts out 240 horsepower and can go from 0 to 60 mph in just under 8 seconds. The EcoBoost engine also delivers a cooler fuel-injection charge that helps improve fuel efficiency. The base model gets 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
Other features that enhance the performance and handling of the 2015 Ford Escape include traction control, torque vectoring control, roll stability control, electric power-assisted steering, four-wheel independent suspension, and more. The Escape feels firm and steady on the road, and it takes turns with ease. You'll feel comfortable in the cabin even when you're going over rough terrain.
Today's vehicles are made as much for the "wow" factor as they are for the smooth ride. Because let's face it, most people won't notice if a vehicle takes a bit more to turn or take a second longer to brake. What they do notice are features like push button start or the ability to hook their phones up to the stereo system.
Fortunately, the 2015 Ford Escape delivers plenty of high-tech features without compromising on performance, pleasing all segments of the car-buying public. One of the more impressive features in the cabin is the Sync3 system, which uses voice-activated technology to make phone calls, get directions, change the radio station and more. The system also has a touch screen that responds quickly to light swipes for easy navigation. With Sync3, you can do everything from find a great place to eat to check the weather.
Other interior features include push button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, electric power steering, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, steering wheel-mounted controls, and climate control. High-tech safety features include the ability to program settings for teen drivers, such as limiting the vehicle's top speed or cutting off the audio system if the seat belts aren't buckled.
Outside, the hands-free lift gate is one of the most popular features. All you have to do is wave your foot under the rear bumper and the hatch automatically opens. (Of course, your key fob has to be in your pocket so the Escape "recognizes" you. Otherwise, anyone could get into your vehicle by waving their foot under your bumper.)
Optional packages allow you to add features like cross-traffic alert, rain-sensing wipers, active park assist, a forward sensing system, blind spot information system and trailer sway control (for those adding a trailer for boats or other cargo). A rear-sensing system comes standard, as does parallel parking assistance.
When you are driving the same vehicle day in and day out, it needs to be an inviting space. The seats need to be comfortable, and the space needs to put you at ease. The inviting cabin of the 2015 Ford Escape does just that.
Not only are the seats comfortable, but there is ample leg room and head room for all riders. The driver's seat is adjustable eight ways, and it includes power adjustable lumbar support. The seat is also height-adjustable. The front seats are bucket seats for a better fit, and all the seats feature cloth upholstery for a soft ride.
Ample storage spaces are available throughout the cabin so that riders can quickly reach what they need. In the front, there is an overhead console with a sunglass holder, two cup holders in the front door and two cup holders in the center floor console. In the back seat, there are cup holders on the doors and arm rests.
The leather-wrapped steering wheel looks nice and is easy to grip, as is the leather-wrapped shift knob. Chrome accents create a nice touch throughout the cabin. Ambient lighting creates a nice environment while driving, and it creates softer lighting when driving at night (especially useful when driving with children who may fall asleep in their seats). The rear seats recline for passenger comfort, but they can also fold down for additional cargo space.
Overall, the 2015 Ford Escape offers amazing performance and advanced features in one stylish ride. Pricing for the base model starts at just under $24,000, which leaves enough room in the budget to spring for one of three optional packages with even more advanced features. A fully loaded Ford Escape at the top trim level can max out around $37,000.