First impression auto reviews: 2015 Ford Escape SE, Ford’s top selling crossover vehicle
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There are a variety of trim packages Ford is offering for their Escape models: Basic, SE, and Titanium, with three stages of Titanium packages available.
The test vehicle we drove was a black 2015 SE trim package Ford Escape, priced at $26,545. Our first visual impression? It looks like something a crossfit trainer would drive. The Escape’s name and design sparks ideas of being active and athletic.
Sitting inside the surprisingly spacious interior, it is easy to see that the engineers at FoMoCo have thought of the consumer by offering plenty of headroom in both the rear and front seating arrangements. A person who is six feet tall would have no trouble getting in and out of the Ford Escape, and they won’t have to slouch in order to feel comfortable in the driver’s seat.
Driving the Ford Escape was a delightful experience. The sporty suspension allows you to be aware of any imperfections on the road without feeling like you’re sitting on a rock polisher. The test car was powered by Ford’s Ecoboost 1.6 liter turbo 4 cylinder engine, which puts out 178 horsepower. That’s more than enough power for America’s highways, and the power comes quick without any electronic hesitation. The Ecoboost engine in the Ford Escape is good for 23mpg in the city and 32 on highway.
One feature that took us by surprise was the redesigned fuel cap on the Escape. Never again will we worry about leaving your fuel filler cap on the roof or forgetting to close it after stopping at a gas station to fill up. Ford is the first to introduce this design in their cars.
The only thing we could think Ford could have skipped for the Ford Escape was the the interior’s plastics and vinyls, which felt cheap to the touch. The steering wheel felt like dry pleather that could break if it was pulled. There were also very few interior cubbies for storage. Also, the Ford Sync Bluetooth might be frustrating to those who are not familiar with it, or aren’t tech savvy.
All in all, the 2015 Ford Escape is a great car for a college student or a young family.
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