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2015 Ford Escape Compact SUV Offers Fuel Economy, Carlike Ride

2015 Ford Escape Compact SUV Offers Fuel Economy, Carlike Ride

By Philly Murtha, May 30, 2015

The 2015 Escape, the second-best-selling compact crossover SUV in the United States, is athletic, sleek, and well-styled. Redesigned for 2013, the 5-passenger utility offers several new options this year.

Magnetic Metallic is a new paint color option for the 2015 Escape. Also, a Chrome Appearance package (introduced in mid-2014) that includes chrome door handles, mirror caps and roof rails continues to be offered on the SE trim level.

Three powertrains are offered for the 2015 Escape S, SE, and Titanium trim levels. A 168-horsepower, 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine is standard on the S. The popular SE and upscale Titanium versions feature a turbocharged, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine producing 178 horsepower or an optional turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 240 horsepower.

According to the EPA, the 2015 Escape S with standard 2.5-liter engine is expected to average 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine in SE or Titanium trim levels improves fuel economy to 23 mpg city/32 mpg highway, while the energetic 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine is slightly less efficient.

Six stylish wheel choices are offered for the 2015 Escape, ranging from standard 17-in. steel wheels with Sparkle Silver color to 19-in. painted Luster Nickel alloy wheels and 19 in. Chrome wheels that are part of the Chrome Appearance package.

Available safety features on the 2015 Ford Escape include curve- and torque-vectoring control technology for better handling. Ford also includes a standard MyKey system for parents' peace of mind that can be programmed to monitor vehicle speed, fuel levels, sound volume, and seat belt usage.

Upgraded safety systems available on the 2015 Ford Escape also include rain-sensing windshield wipers and a blind-spot information system with rear cross-traffic alert. New technology options feature the MyFord Touch infotainment system that has a touch-screen display and an optional navigation system.

Ford Sync Bluetooth connection technology and free 911 Assist service are standard equipment on the 2015 Escape. When paired with a smartphone, the system automatically dials emergency operators to notify rescue personnel in case of a crash or accident. An SOS Post Crash Alert System is also standard.

Connectivity is standard on the 2015 Escape with Ford's Sync voice-command system, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Other optional features to add to the roomy 2015 Ford utility include a sunroof, 10-speaker Sony audio system, MyFord Touch infotainment system, navigation, and front and rear park-assist sensors.

Interior colors for the 2015 Escape include Charcoal Black on Black or Charcoal Black on Medium Stone. Ford uses recycled materials in the cabin for sound absorption and carpeting. Cloth seats are featured in the S and SE trim levels, while the Escape Titanium features heated leather 10-way power front seats.

One special feature on the 2015 Escape is an optional power "hands-free" rear liftgate that opens by simply waving one's foot beneath the rear bumper. An Active Park Assist system also is available to help a driver steer easily into a parallel parking space.

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