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2015 Ford Escape KBB Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating 7.7 / 10
10/7.7
This Car - 2015 Ford Escape
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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor - Updated Date: 7/18/2014


Although there are dozens of compact SUVs from which to choose, few have the styling, performance and features offered by the 5-passenger 2015 Ford Escape. Beyond its cutting-edge engine options and handsome styling, the Escape offers nimble handling via its sport-tuned suspension and a plethora of electronics aimed at keeping tech-savvy consumers safely in touch with the world, even when in motion. You won't find features like the foot-activated power rear liftgate or panoramic moonroof on the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4, and you certainly won't find a choice of two turbocharged engines. There are less expensive compact SUVs on the market, some even offer more interior space and better fuel economy, but the Ford Escape seems to have all the bases covered.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're seeking a compact SUV with great looks, great handling, great fuel economy and great features, the Ford Escape checks off all the boxes.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're in need of a compact SUV with big abilities when it comes to cargo and crew, the Ford Escape isn't as roomy as the Subaru Forester or Hyundai Santa Fe. Those needing 3-row seating should look to the Nissan Rogue.

What's New for 2015

Other than a new paint color, there are no major changes for the Ford Escape SUV.

Driving It Driving Impressions

With the exception of the Mazda CX-5, there is no sportier compact crossover SUV than the Ford Escape. Ford wisely jettisoned its boxy and boring SUV formula in favor of a light, nimble and very European-looking compact. Its handling is precise and the available 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine puts out an impressive 240 horsepower. But even if you settle for the smaller 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, the performance is still a cut above most compact SUVs. The Escape's ride straddles the fence between comfortable and firm, and there is more noise in the cabin than in the Subaru Forester or Honda CR-V. But the experience from behind the wheel just can't be matched by the aforementioned competitors, nor do they come close to matching the long list of electronic and audio upgrades offered by Ford.

Favorite Features

HANDS-FREE LIFTGATE
Anyone who has ever approached a locked hatchback with arms full will appreciate this feature. Simply pass your foot beneath the rear bumper and the hatch automatically unlocks and powers itself open.

MYKEY
Kids love cars almost as much as their parents do. They also love to test the limits of common sense. That's why Ford allows owners to program limits on the vehicle's top speed, audio volume and, if seatbelts aren't buckled, cut off the audio system altogether.


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