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Rejuvenated, this version of the Ford Escape came to market solid, sophisticated, and athletic. Genuinely qulifying as fun-to-drive, this one delivers agile handling, along with an impressively supple and composed ride. The cabin is quiet and feels substantial. Further, a long list of desirable and high-tech options can make the Escape feel like a luxury-branded small SUV. Three different engines were offered.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2005. Side and head protection air bags available, standard from 2008. ESC available from 2008, standard from 2009.
Road Test

Rejuvenated, this version of the Ford Escape came to market solid, sophisticated, and athletic. Genuinely qulifying as fun-to-drive, this one delivers agile handling, along with an impressively supple and composed ride. The cabin is quiet and feels substantial. Further, a long list of desirable and high-tech options can make the Escape feel like a luxury-branded small SUV.

Three different engines were offered. The base was a 2.5-liter four-cylinder. However, most Escapes of this vintage will have one of the two EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinders; either the 173-hp, 1.6-liter; or the 231-hp, 2.0-liter. Both deliver responsive performance and the same 22 mpg overall. All things being equal, we'd opt for the larger engine's added oomph and refinement.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.6-liter 4 turbo (173 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (231 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (169 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Ford Escape owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“windsheld”

Willie D., AR (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Right front window has constant wind noise”

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Water leaked from the window shield”

Anonymous, NB (2015 Ford Escape SE Unsure)

“Major squeak coming from passenger dash area. Dealer. Can't find it. Driving me bonkers”

Anonymous, IL (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Constant suspension noise/creaking coming from the rear suspension. Dealership can't find problem. Squeaking coming from inside the dashboard”

David S., NY (2015 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Significant number of rattles, particularly in the console but also in the overhead elements”

Anonymous, MI (2015 Ford Escape SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“right rear shock squeeked in wet weather, replaced under warrantee”

Anonymous, PA (2015 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The trim around the gear shifter rattles. I've had it worked on twice but it still rattles sometime, though not as much as before”

James H., CA (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“I started experiencing noise on driver door. When having my oil changed at Ford dealership, where I purchased my car, serviceman tested my car. He said door was out of alignment and he fixed. Said probably a gust of wind caused problem. Haven't had issue since”

Anonymous, MO (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“excessive wind noise around windshield, replacing windshield minimized problem”

Anonymous, NM (2015 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Slight wind noise from driver-side window, not bad, but noticeable”

Anonymous, FL (2015 Ford Escape Unsure 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“noise from wind and tires is loud enough to interfere with conversation”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Haven't had a chance to take it in yet but noise is coming from right rear sunroof”

Anonymous, NY (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“When the windows are rolled all the way down the roof of interior like going through a wind tunnel”

Trinka Y., OH (2015 Ford Escape SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen freezes up

“The screen freezes and the volume starts increasing. We have to stop, turn car off and restart to cure it”

Anonymous, CT (2015 Ford Escape SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“2 weeks after purchase it started, at 270 miles on car. the car has been in 5 times, they have kept it for up to a week at a time. replaced many things, modular, screen, fuses,etc. they said on last visit, nothing more they could do. filing lemonlaw”

Dianne C., WI (2015 Ford Escape Titanium Unsure)

“I am unable to use music, podcasts or audiobooks from my iPhone”

Anonymous, MO (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“The whole system is junk Voice command can only be activated by driver on steering wheel, Navigation system is terrible completely non-intuitive. Entering an address is almost always wrong, Most allow zip code as first entry to hike ib on destination--Not this one. A $750. piece of junk---Unless I can see improvement in next car I will switch to a different brand than Ford”

Kenneth H., FL (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“When using keyless entry most of the time I have to take it out of my pocket and hit unlock it does not do it when you hold the door handles most of the time”

Anonymous, FL (2015 Ford Escape)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“The car will drop Bluetooth connection for no reason”

David S., NY (2015 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Bluetooth is very inconsistent. It connects most of the time at startup but will disconnect at random moments. Car will randomly start up in Bluetooth mode rather than whatever the last mode used - such as the radio”

Mark G., WI (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Phone pairing has recently stopped working properly necessitating having phone removed from system”

Anonymous, MI (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

“almost always picks up a wrong location on Navigation I now depend on my old hand-held Nav”

Kenneth H., FL (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Hard Time finding street address navigation does not understand me most of the time I have to type it in on the screen I can't do it verbally it won't understand me”

Anonymous, FL (2015 Ford Escape)

“I tried to dial using a contact name several times and the system failed. I eventually used my smart watch to talk to my phone and was successful from that direction”

Anonymous, NC (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Failed along with Sync system. Was replAced after 4 trips for dealer to agree under warranty”

Anonymous, OH (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Speakers

“rattles,not a good quality”

Sam N., MI (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

“Minor issue with climate control failing to maintain 'memory' of previous settings. It would revert to maximum a/c when started, even during winter months”

Andrew D., NY (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“see previous response”

Patrick H., NC (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Blower (fan) motor

“It seems in the past 8-10 months that when we adjust the climate system for better air flow or lower temps via maximum air conditioning, the fan blower kicks on and blows loudly. There's nothing we can do to stop this unless we stop the car and turn off the ignition, then start again. We are still under the 36Kmile, 36 month bumper to bumper warranty so we're going to have this checked out”

Patrick H., NC (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The formatting on your questionaire did not offer the year 2017. All references to the year 2015 should be read 2017. The blower motor was not a serious problem and does not warrant discussion”

Anonymous, CT (2015 Ford Escape Titanium Unsure)

“See answer with first problem. Answered there”

Anonymous, NC (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heater system

“Heat in car would not work all the time”

Anonymous, OH (2015 Ford Escape SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

“COMPRESSOR ONLY BLOWS HOT AIR”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“1st day of purchase, returned to have it recharged, 5 month later now when weather warmed, so was the air conditioning, had it recharged again. they put dye in system so if it happen again they will know were the leak is”

Dianne C., WI (2015 Ford Escape Titanium Unsure)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“At 24,000 miles the passenger side rear shock gave out. Colonial Ford of Danbury, CT replaced the rear shocks on both sides under warranty. The service was great”

Anonymous, CT (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“2 front struts replaced @ 43000 km 2 rear shocks replaced @ 46000 km Rack and Pinion needs replacing now...on order Rear wheel bearings replaced @ 47000 km”

Delbert S., ON (2015 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“right rear strut failed and needed replacement at about 9000 miles; took nearly a month for dealer to get the replacement part”

Paul G., IN (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wheel bearings

“Wheel bearings on one wheel roared badly upon inspection they had totally failed. The entire wheel assembly was replaced under warranty”

Wayne G., AL (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Noticed when on highway driving....annoying whrrr noise. Most noticeable by passengers in the rear seats”

Delbert S., ON (2015 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

“One of the caliper pistons on one set of brakes (I don't recall at this time which one) became stuck open, which allowed brake fluid to leak out every time I pressed the brake pedal. The brake light never came on. I only noticed when I realized I had to push a lot harder on the brakes and it was taking longer than usual for me to get the car to stop. I was told that this issue was a manufacturing defect as opposed to a routine use issue”

Julie H., NC (2015 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Had to be replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Twice since acquiring the vehicle I had to take it back to the dealership because the brakes made noise when I would stop”

Anonymous, MI (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Shortly after receiving car, wife noticed that when backing up and applying brakes they "clunked" and "squeaked" and made other strange noises when wet from rain. Took it into dealer first time and service manager told my wife "Nothing to worry about”

Anonymous, OH (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“1st problem was brakes scrubbing every time I backup. Service dept. at deal ship tried to tell me this was normal. NOT! It took me taking it back in after consulting 2 other mechanic to inform themthat , no, it should not be sscrubbing every time I”

Anonymous, NC (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

“electrical issue with the air conditioning system”

Anonymous, IL (2015 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Differential

“Differential produces a whine between 45 and 55 mph. Differential was replaced twice and is still making a whine though not as loud as before”

Lloyd G., MI (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“It started growling when cornering at moderate speed. The dealership replaced it under warranty. No problems since and have driven it for 15000 miles since”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“4WD REAR DIFFERENTIAL loud whine so system was replaced”

Lloyd G., MI (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Driveshaft or axle

“torn cv boot”

Perry P., CA (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“factory recall with door latches”

Anonymous, OR (2015 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Driver door would not close. Subject to a recall which the dealer will not address in a timely manner”

Anonymous, ON (2015 Ford Escape SE Unsure)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Would not stay open”

Anonymous, GU (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The power tailgate has been worked on 3 times now and it still does not open consistently”

David G., CA (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Gauges

“All due to a dead battery. I can't believe that it died so quickly although this model is soooooooooo much better than the 2013. No recalls, yeah!”

Barbara G., MI (2015 Ford Escape Titanium Unsure)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“taillight lamp replacement very tedious”

Anonymous, NM (2015 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“electrical issue/not bulb”

Anonymous, IL (2015 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Have only had Vehicle for 10(Ten) Weeks ..... 1.) One of Rear Lamps does not light”

Paul T., MI (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

“Missing exhaust gasket between exhaust manifold and exhaust pipe, causing minor leakage of exhaust gas into vehicle through vents when vehicle was stopped”

Andrew D., NY (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Other/unsure

“System is not intuitive. Consulting "Sync My Ride" website is not helpful. Dealer visit has been inconclusive”

Anonymous, MI (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“complecated system to use. Un-neccesary”

Sam N., MI (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Touch screen unresponsive”

Anonymous, ON (2015 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

“when shifting from reverse to drive chattering ,at low speed or in traffic moving forward in drive chattering”

Anonymous, MA (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Ford changed parts for 2016 models”

Gunnar E., TX (2015 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Slipping transmission

“Transmission chatters when lugging”

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Shift moduler unit replace Turbo replaced Due to lack of power ALL REPAIRED UNDER WARRANTY”

Gunnar E., TX (2015 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“Driving on the highway, the engine light came on. The issue was a cam timing sensor issue. This is not a computer issue but there was not a category for this failure though it was related to the engine”

Anonymous, SC (2015 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

“There was a minor oil leak from a gasket. It took 5 days to repair”

Jeffrey S., FL (2015 Ford Escape S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“one seal was missing upon delivery and another seal was improperly installed”

Anonymous, MI (2015 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“new transmission and now it makes a noise when you turn the vehicle Dealer can not find!!”

Anonymous, CT (2015 Ford Escape SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Noticed hesitation in gears, which turned out to be 4 0f 6 gears burnt out. Believe it is result of maxing out transmission in pulling 16' travel trailer”

Michael P., CA (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Within the first 6 months, my automatic transmission completely went out and had to be completely rebuilt, they had my car for 2 weeks. Also this 4 cylinder car only gets 14 - 17 miles per gallon freeway/city driving mixed. Which is way below what”

Mike R., CA (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

“Inside panel of the tailgate completely came off within a few months of owning the car”

Mike R., CA (2015 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“It was subject of a recall which the dealer will not address”

Anonymous, ON (2015 Ford Escape SE Unsure)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“I'm not sure what the problem is as the local dealer wouldn't do more than connect a gadget that told what the orange light was on for. I was told that my vehicle would have to be left in the shop overnight and at least one more full day. The tech told me it was okay for me to drive my vehicle and I haven't had time to return and leave my Escape, but the light is still on”

Anonymous, LA (2015 Ford Escape Titanium Unsure)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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