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2015 Ford Escape Overview
Capable, versatile, agile and, with the turbocharged engine choices, powerful and fuel efficient, Ford’s value-toting Escape is slated to enter 2015 with only a few minor adjustments. This 5-door compact crossover, therefore, retains its 5-passenger seating, 68.1 cubic feet of cargo area (with the rear seatbacks folded) and available full-time intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD). The list of trims also stands pat with the base S, the up-featured SE and the flagship Titanium.
Some tweaks to the MyFord Touch system are among the changes for 2015, but no word yet as to whether said fiddling improves it to the point of frustration-less usability. Additionally, a new exterior paint color is alleged to be available for the upcoming model year as well.
Engine choices, meantime, stand pat, with the base S returning with its standard normally aspirated 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) powerplant again managed by the standard 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission for 168 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque.
The SE and Titanium trims, meantime, remain toting the turbocharged 1.6-liter I4 engine, again mating with the 6-speed shiftable automatic for 178 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque.
Also returning as an available engine option to the SE and Titanium is the peppy turbocharged 2.0-liter I4 that boasts 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque under the auspices, once again, of the 6-speed shiftable automatic.
Towing capacities again remain 1,500 pounds from the 2.5-liter I4, 2,000 pounds from the 1.6-liter turbocharged I4 and 3,500 pounds from the optional 2.0-liter blown I4. Of course, all towing figures are assuming the eventual installation of one of a pair of optional towing packages on that new Escape.
Oh, and gas mileage runs 22 mpg city/31 highway with the 2.5-liter I4, while the FWD trims packing the 1.6-liter turbo I4 come in at an estimated 23/32 and AWD-laden 1.6-liter-toting trims are rated at 22/30. Those FWD trims boasting the available 2.0-liter blown I4, meanwhile, are estimated at 22/30, with their AWD brethren running 21/28.
Appearance adornments, depending on the trim choice, include 18- or 19-inch steel or alloy wheels, heated power-adjustable mirrors with an integrated blind-spot insert, roof rails and, in the case of the top-shelf Titanium, a keyless-entry keypad and a power liftgate.
Inside, again depending on the trim level, look for the 2015 Escape to carry cloth or leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, full power accessories, cruise control, telescoping tilt-wheel steering and a rear-view camera, while the Titanium additionally sports dual-zone climate control, remote engine start, leather upholstery and a remote garage door opener.
All trims are expected to return with Sync voice-activated infotainment and 6-speaker stereo with a single-CD player, even as the SE adds satellite radio and the Titanium loads in a standard 9-speaker Sony premium sound system.
Of course, lower 2015 Escape versions get many items that come standard aboard higher trims as optional equipment, while stuff like a panoramic sunroof and a navigation system are again available to the two higher trims. The Titanium, furthermore, can be equipped with the available Titanium Technology Package, which flaunts xenon headlights, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rain-sensing wipers and automated parallel-parking assistance.
Finally, the 2015 Escape lineup boasts such standard safety equipment as 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags with head protection chambers, and front and rear side-curtain airbags. All trims again come with Ford’s touted MyKey programmable speed- and audio-limiting system for when the kids want the car for the evening, as well as airbag deployment notification via Sync and a post-collision safety system. The SE and Titanium, meantime, each sport standard front fog/driving lights, while the Titanium alone carries, once again, standard turn-signal-integrated mirrors.
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