2015 Ford Escape SE

2015 Ford Escape SE
2015 Ford Escape SE
Odometer: 20,093
Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
Engine: Duratec 2.5L I4
VIN: 1FMCU0G70FUB37781
Color: Ruby Red Metallic Tinted ClearcoatStock #: 1V171853A
Interior: Charcoal Black w/Cloth Buckets Drive Train: FWD
w/60/40 Split Rear Seat
COMFORT EQUIPMENT AND ACCESSORIES
Safety
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
ABS brakes
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Front anti-roll bar
Knee airbag
Exterior
Delay-off headlights
Front fog lights
Fully automatic headlights
Bumpers: body-color
Power door mirrors
Spoiler
Additional
*BACK-UP CAMERA
*CRUISE CONTROL
*POWER WINDOWS
*POWER DOOR LOCKS
*REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY
*SYNC
Electronic
6 Speakers
AM/FM radio: SiriusXM
CD player
MP3 decoder
Radio data system
Technical
Four wheel independent
suspension
Speed-sensing steering
Traction control
Interior
Air Conditioning
Rear window defroster
Power driver seat
Power steering
Power windows
Financing Available
(330) 753-4444
CITY
MPG: 22
HWY
MPG: 31
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Vehicle Information:
2015 FORD ESCAPE SE
VIN: 1FMCU0G70FUB37781
4 DOOR WAGON/SPORT UTILITY
2.5L L4 SFI DOHC 16V
GASOLINE
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Standard Equipment | Safety Options
CARFAX 1-Owner vehicle
At least 1 open recall
CARFAX Report Provided By:
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3195 Barber Rd
Norton, OH 44203
1-866-484-7048
www.fredmartinsuperstore.com
Regular oil changes
Personal lease vehicle
Last reported odometer
reading
This CARFAX Vehicle History Report is based only on information supplied to CARFAX and available as of 2/27/17 at 2:33:18 PM (EST).
Other information about this vehicle, including problems, may not have been reported to CARFAX. Use this report as one important tool,
along with a vehicle inspection and test drive, to make a better decision about your next used car.
Ownership History
Owner 1
The number of owners is estimated
Year purchased
2015
Type of owner
Personal lease
Estimated length of ownership
1 yr. 10 mo.
Owned in the following states/provinces
New York
Estimated miles driven per year
10,848/yr
Last reported odometer reading
20,092
Title History
Owner 1
CARFAX guarantees the information in this section
Salvage | Junk | Rebuilt | Fire | Flood | Hail | Lemon
Guaranteed
No Problem
Not Actual Mileage | Exceeds Mechanical Limits
Guaranteed
No Problem
GUARANTEED - None of these major title problems were reported by a state Department of Motor Vehicles
(DMV). If you find that any of these title problems were reported by a DMV and not included in this report,
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Additional History
Owner 1
Not all accidents / issues are reported to CARFAX
Total Loss
No Issues
Reported
No total loss reported to CARFAX.
Structural Damage
No Issues
Reported
No structural damage reported to CARFAX.
Airbag Deployment
No Issues
Reported
No airbag deployment reported to CARFAX.
Odometer Check
No Issues
Indicated
No indication of an odometer rollback.
Accident / Damage
No Issues
Reported
No accidents or damage reported to CARFAX.
Manufacturer Recall
At least 1 manufacturer recall requires service. Locate an authorized Ford or Lincoln Mercury
Recall
Reported
dealer or call 866-436-7332 to obtain more information about this recall.
Basic Warranty
Warranty
Active
Original warranty estimated to have 14 months or 15,908 miles remaining.
Detailed History
Owner 1
Purchased:
Type:
Where:
Est. miles/year:
Est. length owned:
Low mileage!
This owner drove
less than the
industry average
of 15,000 miles
per year.
Date:
2015
Personal lease Not
Reported
New York
10,848/yr
02/05/2015
4/18/15 2/22/17
(1 yr. 10 mo.)
04/18/2015
Glossary
Mileage:
Source:
Comments:
NICB
and shipped to original dealer
Vehicle manufactured
5
West Herr Ford of
Hamburg
Hamburg, NY
716-649-5640
westherr.com
Vehicle offered for sale
21
West Herr Ford of
Hamburg
Hamburg, NY
716-649-5640
westherr.com
Pre-delivery inspection completed
Safety inspection performed
Washed/detailed
New York
Inspection Station
Passed safety inspection
Emissions inspection performed
04/18/2015
View what was inspected
04/18/2015
West Herr Ford of
Hamburg
Hamburg, NY
716-649-5640
westherr.com
Vehicle sold
04/18/2015
New York
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Buffalo, NY
Registration issued or renewed
Titled or registered as personal lease vehicle
Passed safety inspection
05/20/2015
New York
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Atlanta, GA
Title issued or updated
First owner reported
Loan or lien reported
10/24/2015
6,113
West Herr Ford of
Hamburg
Hamburg, NY
716-649-5640
westherr.com
Maintenance inspection completed
Oil and filter changed
Tire condition and pressure checked
Tires rotated
04/08/2016
11,397
West Herr Ford of
Hamburg
Hamburg, NY
Maintenance inspection completed
Fluids checked
Oil and filter changed
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04/08/2016
716-649-5640
westherr.com
Safety inspection performed
Tire condition and pressure checked
New York
Inspection Station
Passed safety inspection
Emissions inspection performed
View what was inspected
08/22/2016
New York
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Buffalo, NY
Registration issued or renewed
Passed safety inspection
09/01/2016
Ford Motor Company
Manufacturer Safety recall issued
Recall #16S30 SIDE DOOR LATCH
REPLACEMENT
Status: Remedy Not Yet Available
Locate an authorized Ford or Lincoln Mercury
dealer or call 866-436-7332 to obtain more
information
10/31/2016
17,950
West Herr Ford of
Hamburg
Hamburg, NY
716-649-5640
westherr.com
Maintenance inspection completed
Brakes checked
Oil and filter changed
Tire condition and pressure checked
02/22/2017
20,092
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Pennsylvania
Vehicle sold at auction
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First Owner
When the first owner(s) obtains a title from a Department of Motor Vehicles as proof of ownership.
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vehicle (VIN: 1FMCU0G70FUB37781), which is based on information supplied to CARFAX and available as of
2/27/17 at 2:33 PM (EST).
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Date
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Date
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Number of Owners:
Last owned in the following
state/province:
2015 FORD ESCAPE SE
VIN: 1FMCU0G70FUB37781
Body Style: 4 DOOR WAGON/SPORT
UTILITY
Engine Size: 2.5L L4 SFI DOHC 16V
Drivetrain: FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Annual average mileage:
New York
10,848
*Below industry annual average of 15,000 miles
None of these major title problems
were reported by a state Department
of Motor Vehicles:
Salvage, Junk, Rebuilt, Fire,
Flood, Hail, Lemon
Not Actual Mileage, Exceeds
Mechanical Limits
Original Manufacturer's Warranty:
Basic Warranty Active
Please confirm remaining factory warranty and
extended warranty options with your dealer!
The original manufacturer's warranty includes:
36 months or 36,000 miles
3195 Barber Rd
Guaranteed
No Problem
No issues reported to CARFAX on the following:
Total Loss
No Issues
Reported
Structural Damage
No Issues
Reported
Airbag Deployment
No Issues
Reported
Odometer Rollback
No Issues
Reported
Other Accidents / Damage
No Issues
Reported
Courtesy of
Fred Martin Superstore
Guaranteed
No Problem
Norton, OH 44203
1-866-484-7048
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CARFAX Vehicle Description: 2015 FORD ESCAPE SE
VIN: 1FMCU0G70FUB37781
Body Style: 4 DOOR WAGON/SPORT
UTILITY
Driveline: FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Engine: 2.5L L4 SFI DOHC 16V
CARFAX will buy this vehicle back if
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SEVERE DAMAGE
ODOMETER PROBLEMS
LEMON HISTORY
Salvage/Junk
Rebuilt/Reconstructed
Dismantled
Fire/Flood/Hail
Exceeds Mechanical Limits
Not Actual Mileage
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Ford
Escape
2015
1FMCU0G70FUB37781
1V171853A
*100
Engine: Cylinder Block and all Internal parts; Cylinder
Head Assemblies, Head Gaskets, Timing Case, Chain,
Gears, Belt and Sprockets; Harmonic Balancer; Oil Pump;
Water Pump; Turbocharger Housing and all Internal Parts
(unless attached to a diesel engine); Turbocharger
Wastegate Actuator (unless attached to a diesel engine);
Serpentine Belt Tensioner. Burnt valves and worn piston
rings are not covered. Diesel Engine Assemblies with or
without turbochargers are excluded. Transmission:
Transmission Case and all Internal Parts; Torque
Converter; Drive Plate; Flex Plate; Fly Wheel; Bell
Housing. Manual Transmission Clutch Parts are not
covered at any time. Front-Wheel-Drive: Transaxle Case
and all Internal Parts; Drive Shaft and Axle Assemblies
and their Housings; Constant Velocity Joints and Boots.
Rear-Wheel-Drive: Rear Axle Housing and all Internal
Parts; Axle Shafts; Axle Shaft Bearings; Drive Shaft
Assemblies; Drive Shaft Center Bearings; Universal Joints
and Yokes. Four-Wheel-Drive (4x4) / All-Wheel- Drive
(AWD): Transfer Case/Power Transfer Unit and all
Internal Parts; Front and Rear Axle Assemblies; Axle
Shafts; Axle Shaft Bearings; Drive Shaft Assemblies;
Universal Joints and Yokes; Viscous Coupler Assembly.
*100
*The customer pays only the first $100 of the
total cost of covered component repairs
preformed during each repair visit.
All listed components are covered for 3 months
from the vehicle sale date or 3,000 miles from
the vehicle’s odometer reading at the time of
vehicle sale (whichever comes first).
Monday, February 27, 2017
Trade In/Retail Breakdown
NADA
Publication: 03/2017, Region: Central
2015 FORD TRUCK Escape Utility 4D SE 2WD I4 Turbo......................................... $14,200 / $17,575
VIN: 1FMCU0G70FUB37781
Stock #: 1V171853A
MSRP..................................................................................................... 25550
Weight...................................................................................................... 3515
*** Itemized Add/Deducts ***
Aluminum/Alloy Wheels............................................................................. Included
2.5L I4 Engine.......................................................................................... -600 / -600
Condition............................................................................................ Average
Total Value without mileage............................................... $13,600 / $16,975
Mileage adjustment (20093) miles........................................................... $850
*** NADA Trade In/Retail .......................................................................................... $14,450 / $17,825
Fred Martin Motor Company - fmss office
NADA publication for Ohio: Publication: 03/2017, Region: Central
Values are subjective opinions. NADA and vAuto, Inc. assume no responsibility for errors or omissions.
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Monday, February 27, 2017
Retail Breakdown
KBB.com
2/24/2017-3/2/2017
2015 Ford Escape SE Sport Utility 4D.......................................................................................... $17,302
VIN: 1FMCU0G70FUB37781
Stock #: 1V171853A
*** Itemized Add/Deducts ***
4-Cyl, 2.5 Liter.............................. -192
Auto, 6-Spd w/SelShft............ Included
2WD........................................ Included
Hill Start Assist Control.......... Included
Traction Control...................... Included
AdvanceTrac........................... Included
ABS (4-Wheel)....................... Included
Anti-Theft System................... Included
Keyless Entry.......................... Included
Air Conditioning..................... Included
Power Windows......................
Power Door Locks..................
Cruise Control.........................
Power Steering........................
Tilt Wheel...............................
AM/FM Stereo........................
MP3 (Single Disc)...................
SiriusXM Satellite...................
MyFord....................................
SYNC......................................
Backup Camera.......................
Dual Air Bags..........................
Side Air Bags..........................
F&R Head Curtain Air Bags...
Power Seat...............................
Privacy Glass...........................
Fog Lights...............................
Custom Bumper......................
Alloy Wheels...........................
Included
Included
Included
Included
Included
Included
Included
Included
Included
Included
Included
Included
Included
Included
Included
Included
Included
Included
Included
Condition................................................................................................. Fair*
Total Value without mileage............................................................... $17,110
Mileage adjustment (20093) miles........................................................ $1,068
*** KBB.com Retail .................................................................................................................... $18,178
*"Fair" - 18% of all cars we value meet this criteria. This car has some
mechanical or cosmetic defects and needs servicing, but is still in safe
running condition and has a clean title history. The paint, body and/or
interior may need professional servicing. The tires may need replacing and
there may be some repairable rust damage.
Fred Martin Motor Company - fmss office
KBB.com publication for Ohio: 2/24/2017-3/2/2017
Values are subjective opinions. KBB.com and vAuto, Inc. assume no responsibility for errors or omissions.
© vAuto, Inc. 2017, all rights reserved.
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2015 Ford Escape
By New Car Test Drive
Updated: December 9, 2014
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2015 Ford Escape
Ford Escape is practical and comfortable with a classy cabin and
plenty of cargo space. It rides smoothly and has excellent handling.
Several drivetrains are available, and buyers should choose carefully
because that choice greatly affects the driving character.
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Escape comes standard with front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive
optional. Escape was redesigned for the 2013 model year and there
have been no major changes since.
The 2015 Escape comes in three models: S, SE, and Titanium. Three
engines are available, each four-cylinder. Least expensive is the
tried-and-true 2.5-liter, but it’s also the least powerful and least
efficient.
Much more modern are the EcoBoost engines, a 1.6-liter making 178
horsepower and a 2.0-liter that generates 240 horsepower. Their
designs differ, but both are twin-turbocharged with direct injection
and twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT). We
recommend opting for one of them.
We found that a 1.6-liter Escape with front-wheel drive feels
completely different from a 2.0-liter all-wheel-drive model. The
1.6-liter with front-wheel drive is quick, lively and visceral, a blast to
drive. The 2.0-liter AWD feels solid, heavier, more civilized, more
grown-up.
Fuel economy ranges from an EPA-estimated 23/32 mpg
City/Highway for a 1.6-liter front-wheel-drive Escape, to 21/28 mpg
for a 2.0-liter all-wheel drive.
Inside, creature comfort is impeccable, even with the standard fabric
upholstery, rugged and handsome. Interior materials are soft, and
the plastic high quality. Rear legroom is decent, at 36.8 inches, and
rear climate control is standard in all but the Escape S base model.
There’s excellent cargo space: 68.1 cubic feet behind the first row
and 34.3 cubic feet behind the second row, and the standard 60/40
rear seat folds flat wonderfully fast, using one lever.
An available magic release for the liftgate is handy when your arms
are full and you have cargo to load. Kick your foot under the rear
bumper, and presto, the liftgate pops open so you can drop your
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things into the back without having to set them down and fumble for
your remote.
The top-level Escape is available with Active Park Assist. By simply
pushing a button, the system detects an available parallel-parking
space, then automatically steers the vehicle right into it. The driver
operates only the gas and brake pedals, not touching the steering
wheel during the parking procedure.
Model Lineup
The 2015 Ford Escape comes in three models: Escape S, Escape SE,
and Escape Titanium. Three dual overhead-cam four-cylinder engines
are available. All Escape models use a 6-speed automatic
transmission that permits SelectShift manual operation.
Escape S ($23,100) is front-wheel-drive only, using Ford’s trusty
2.5-liter engine making 168 horsepower. Standard equipment
includes cloth upholstery, manual climate control, manual front seat
adjustment, a rearview camera, cruise control and audio controls on
the steering wheel, 60/40 fold-flat rear seats, a 6-speaker single-CD
sound system with MP3 capability, information display, manual
tilt/telescope steering wheel, Halogen headlights, color-keyed grille
and door handles, and 17-inch steel wheels.
Escape SE uses the 1.6-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost engine making 178
horsepower, and comes with either front-wheel drive ($25,550) or
all-wheel drive ($27,300). SE adds body-color door handles and
mirrors, a chrome bar grille, Ford SYNC voice-activated
communications and entertainment system, satellite radio, automatic
headlights, keyless entry, 10-way power driver’s seat with lumbar
support, rear center armrest, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Escape Titanium comes with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine making
240 horsepower, in either front-wheel drive ($29,510) or all-wheel
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drive ($31,260). Titanium adds MyFord Touch, full leather-trimmed
seating, heated mirrors and front seats, puddle lamps, ambient
lighting, remote start, dual-zone automatic temperature control,
hands-free power liftgate, color-keyed roof rails, upgraded 10speaker Sony sound system with HD radio, and 18-inch silver-painted
alloy wheels. A Tech option group ($1,495) for the Titanium model
includes a Blind Spot Information System, rain-sensing wipers, highintensity-discharge headlights, and Ford’s Active Park Assist.
Titanium models may be fitted with 19-inch wheels ($695). Options
include a panoramic vista roof ($1,495), Sony audio system with
navigation ($795), cargo organizer, and cargo area protector.
Safety equipment standard on all models includes AdvanceTrac
traction and stability control with roll stability control, Curve Control,
Torque Vectoring Control, two-stage frontal airbags, driver knee
airbag, side airbags, ABS with Brake Assist, tire pressure monitor,
and rearview camera. Available all-wheel drive enhances stability in
slippery conditions.
Walkaround and Interior
Overall, Escape’s styling emulates its big
brother, the Explorer. However, its nose more closely resembles its
little sister, the Focus hatchback: distinctive, aerodynamic yet almost
stubby, with the familiar blue oval Ford emblem centered in its wide,
narrow grille.
The front end of the Ford Escape looks like it’s meant for the
business of efficient hauling. Character lines on the hood suggest a
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cowl. Headlights are sharply angled under sheetmetal speed lines like
eyebrows, sweeping back and up into the muscular wheel wells.
The bottom two-thirds of the face is a gaping black mouth in a split
fascia. It conceals a Ford innovation: sensor-controlled active
shutters behind the grille that regulate air flowing into the engine, for
optimum efficiency and maximum fuel mileage.
The rear end doesn’t keep up with the Escape’s slick front. It looks
big and bulky for the size of the car, with lines going in three
directions. It’s as if the sheetmetal were shaped to match the
taillights, including the indent for the license plate, like an upsidedown triangle with the point at the bottom chopped off. The
standard dual exhaust is visually cool with the twin pipes protruding,
but the gray cladding looks like a big silver lump hanging out the
back.
Actually, there’s something hiding under that cladding that’s great.
It’s an option that opens or closes the wide liftgate (low liftover
height) with a small kick of your foot under the rear bumper, using a
seeing-eye like the one that flushes toilets in public rest rooms. With
an Escape that’s so equipped, you’ll never have to set down your
grocery bags to put them in the back.
We also like the fact that on all three models, there’s lots of black
eggcrate and not so much chrome. Don’t like so much the gray or
black plastic cladding that adorns every model.
Interior Features
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The rugged fabric seats in the Ford Escape are
the best. And since the available MyFord Touch remains problematic,
those excellent seats make the Escape S a compelling choice. If you
have good standard seats, you can live without options that just cost
money and complicate operation of the car. Leather comes on the up
level models.
The driver’s seat is good, with a high seating position, excellent
visibility all around with that short hood, big back glass, and no overthe-shoulder blind spots. Speaking of blind spots, the small convex
mirrors in the upper corners of the sideview mirrors catch nearly
everything in the lanes at your rear quarter panels, more accurately
than any electronic blind-spot warning system that frequently sends
false alarms (which they all tend to do). But if your eyes just can’t
learn to read a convex mirror, Ford’s BLIS (Blind Spot Information
System) is an option. The best thing about BLIS is that it includes
Cross-Traffic Alert, which spots cars passing by your tailgate as you
back out of a parking space and alerts you to that so you don’t back
into them.
The driver gets a nice dead-pedal footrest, comfortable armrests on
both sides, and a helpful grab handle. Gauges are clean and
attractive with pretty blue needles, and there are actual fuel and
temperature gauges. There’s a small rectangular window for
information, scrolled through using arrows and a dial on the steering
wheel.
The turn-signal sound is a classy, Jaguar-like dink dink dink. You can
hear the soft sound because the Escape is exceptionally quiet.
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A small shift lever is dropped down, out of the way, while a
SelectShift button on the side of the lever controls manual operation
of the automatic transmission.
Steering wheels are often a disappointment in
base-level cars, but not here. The four-spoke urethane wheel is okay,
with places for your entire palms at 2 and 10 o’clock, and a full array
of controls. Overall, the interior materials are soft, and the plastic
around the centerstack is high quality.
The best thing about the rear seats is how easily they fold flat, using
one lever. Soft-sided cargo organizers are available, too.
We did not find MyFordTouch, the in-car communications and
entertainment system, easy to use. MyFord Touch gives you 27
touch-screen buttons to choose from when you’re trying to adjust
climate control, which is resistant to adjustment. Similarly, the audio
system has 18 touch-screen buttons to choose from. We found the
buttons difficult to operate. The radio buttons are small enough that
you have to really look, and use hand-eye coordination. Unlike
vehicles that use an old-school tuning knob, there’s no keeping your
eyes on the road and grabbing the dial and turning it. With MyFord
Touch (and other touch-screen systems like it), you have to look
down and carefully aim your finger into a little rectangle. If the road
is bumpy, the car will bounce and your finger will quite possibly miss.
There are redundant audio controls on the steering wheel, and we
found them to work better once we figured them out.
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We did not like the design of the screen. Forty percent of the screen
is taken up by black space, wasted. Two-thirds of the rest is taken up
by nothing more than the logo for the radio station; then, twice, it
displays the name of the program. The Back button is a tiny little
button on the top of the screen. It should be on every page but it’s
not, so you can’t keep going back and trying again to find something
that works.
We struggled with voice commands. Air condition on, we said, at 65
mph. Apparently it doesn’t speak our language, only Ford’s, because
it replied, Please say a command. It immediately referred us to an
800 number and a URL. Like we’re supposed to write them down.
But we cooperated and tried again, saying, Temperature 69 degrees.
It responded by giving us a bunch of advice, and reminding us we
could get the phone to work and other things we didn’t write down.
We said, Climate? It said, a list of valid voice commands is now on
the screen. We took our eyes off the road and studied the list. Sixtynine degrees, we said, so clear and slow you could hear the
condescension in our voice. Eighty-nine degrees is not a valid
command, it said. We tried three more times, and got nothing but
backtalk from our Ford. We asked in exasperation, What can we say?
and the screen responded with a list of all the nearby gas stations
with their prices for fuel. Cool. Except what we wanted was to listen
to the radio station of our choice at the temperature of our choice.
The good news is that if you get the entry-level Escape S model, you
won’t get MyFord Touch, and you won’t ever be verbally abused by
Voice Command unless you ask for it. Or you can just avoid using
Voice Command.
Driving Impressions
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How the Escape drives is affected by the
drivetrain you choose.
The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine delivers decent torque for
acceleration when you need it at any speed, and good power at high
revs for those who like to wind it up. It’s equipped with a balance
shaft to offset vibration, and it’s smooth. It delivers 10 fewer
horsepower than the 1.6-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost, 14 fewer footpounds of torque, and 2 fewer miles per gallon. The 2.5-liter engine
is about keeping the purchase price down. After that, you have an
engine that’s a little more expensive to operate while offering less
power and poorer fuel economy compared with the newer Ecoboost
engines.
When we first drove a front-wheel-drive 1.6-liter EcoBoost, we were
impressed by its quickness. With 178 horsepower performing this
well, who needs 240 hp? we asked aloud, thinking of the 2.0-liter
EcoBoost we would drive next. The word that came to mind to
describe the way the 1.6 gets around is scoots, and it scoots all the
way up to redline.
Ride quality in the 1.6-liter front-wheel-drive Escape was smooth,
while at the same time it felt like it wanted to dance. It darts but
doesn’t jerk, and you get used to it. There was a bouncy motion to
the suspension, but it wasn’t harsh or disturbing. It’s very nimble,
and we love how it handles on two-lanes.
That’s probably Torque Vectoring Control at work, an impressive
feature for a compact SUV. It uses the stability-control module to
monitor the dynamics 100 times per second. When the front inside
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wheel starts to slip in a corner, braking is applied to that wheel,
balancing the grip with the left front wheel and reducing understeer.
Torque Vectoring works with Curve Control, which is like electronic
stability control, only quicker; it senses when a vehicle is entering a
curve too fast, and cuts power and/or applies braking to individual
wheels to reduce speed by up to 10 mph in one second. Think
freeway on-ramps or off-ramps, especially in the wet.
The brakes are quite aggressive, or rather we should say the sensors
that control the brakes are aggressive, because the mechanical feel
to the pedal is just right: nicely progressive. But as we dabbed the
brakes before corners on the twisty road, it felt like they were
surging and biting. Once we felt the stability control come on, and it
actually made a tire chirp when it braked just one wheel.
In some challenging choppy switchbacks, the suspension did a good
job of smoothing it all out. We assume that Torque Vectoring Control
was at work, but we didn’t feel it.
The automatic 6-speed transmission kicks down into fifth gear on the
freeway quite a bit, unnecessarily we think; but they all tend to do
that, even those in way more powerful cars. The more gears there
are, the more the transmission tries to get out of top gear. We tried
to keep it in sixth by shifting to Sport/Manual mode, to no avail. We
tested its tolerance by slowing down to 40 mph in sixth gear and
flooring it; the transmission downshifted to fourth gear, while
indicating in the digital window that it was in fifth. It makes us
realize that Sport/Manual mode is a paradox. In a true sport mode, a
driver would want the transmission to downshift aggressively; in a
true manual mode, the driver would not want the transmission to
downshift until the lower gear was manually selected.
Our run in the 1.6-liter Ecoboost included a lot of relaxed driving, so
for much of the time our throttle foot was light, yet we only
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averaged 22.7 miles per gallon. It’s EPA-rated at 23/32 miles per
gallon City/Highway.
The Escape 2.0-liter EcoBoost felt like a totally different car: heavier,
more solid, less visceral. Handling is slower and the suspension
steadier than the 1.6-liter. Most buyers will probably be more
comfortable with the 2.0. The 2.0 Escape feels substantial, for a
compact SUV.
However, we should point out that our 2.0 was all-wheel drive, and
the 1.6 was front-wheel drive; maybe that explains more about the
feel of the car than the engine. Tires and wheels also were different,
with 17-inch wheels on the 1.6 and 19-inch wheels on the 2.0.
The all-wheel-drive system contains sensors that analyze data from
25 signals. Ford claims it operates 20 times faster than the blink of
an eye, delivering torque to the wheels as needed, through a torque
converter and electromagnetic clutch.
The 2.0-liter engine is not just a bigger version of the 1.6-liter.
Although both are turbocharged, direct-injected, 16-valve, aluminum
four-cylinders, they’re from different engine families; the 1.6 is the
older Sigma design, the 2.0 comes from the Duratec family. The 2.0
feels like a V6, compared to the 1.6. Using different turbochargers,
the 1.6 has a steeper torque curve, further adding to its quickness
and visceral feel. The 1.6 makes 184 pound-feet or torque at 2500
rpm, while the 2.0 makes 270 pound-feet at 3000. We can’t say we
felt that big a difference. The bigger engine would be better if you
tow anything. Properly equipped, the 2.0 Escape can tow 3500
pounds, which is a lot for a four-cylinder compact SUV.
Even having 62 more horsepower, 240 hp vs. 178 hp, the 2.0-liter
Escape doesn’t feel much faster in a straight line; and maybe ours
wasn’t, because of a taller rear axle ratio. The 1.6 FWD came with a
3.21 final drive, the 2.0 AWD with a long-legged 3.07, which didn’t
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help fuel mileage much; we got 19.7 mpg with the 2.0. It’s EPA-rated
at 21/28 mpg City/Highway with all-wheel drive.
Transmissions are the same on the 1.6 and 2.0, but programmed
differently, the 2.0 sportier. This 6-speed automatic has rev-matching
downshifting. That means you’ll hear a little blip from the engine as it
goes into gear smoothly, when you manually downshift it hard.
Summary, Prices, Specs
The Ford Escape delivers a classy interior,
excellent handling, and plenty of cargo space with rear seats that
fold down with one touch. MyFord Touch and Voice Command
remain problematic. Escape offers a choice of drivetrains, with three
four-cylinder engines and front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The
240-hp EcoBoost 2.0-liter four-cylinder with all-wheel drive feels solid
and sophisticated. The 1.6-liter EcoBoost is quick, lively and visceral,
while the 2.0 feels like a V6. We liked the Escape SE with the
1.6-liter engine because it delivers most of the virtues at the lowest
price.
Sam Moses filed this report after his test drive of the Ford Escape in
the Pacific Northwest.
Model lineup:
Model Line Overview
Ford Escape S ($23,100); Escape SE ($25,550), SE
AWD ($27,300); Escape Titanium ($29,510),
Titanium AWD ($31,260)
Engines:
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Transmissions:
Safety
equipment
(standard):
Safety
equipment
(optional):
Basic warranty:
Assembled in:
Model tested
(MSPR):
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168-hp 2.5-liter I4; 178-hp 1.6-liter I4; 240-hp
2.0-liter I4
6-speed automatic
AdvanceTrac traction and stability control with roll
stability control, Curve Control, Torque Vectoring
Control, two-stage frontal airbags, driver knee
airbag, side airbags, ABS with Brake Assist, tire
pressure monitor, rearview camera
blind-spot information system with cross-traffic
alert
3 years/36,000 miles
Louisville, Kentucky
Specifications As Tested
Ford Escape SE ($25,550)
cloth upholstery, air conditioning, manual front
seat adjustment, 60/40 fold-flat rear seats,
6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio with MP3, info
display, tilt/telescope steering wheel, keyless
entry, cruise control, halogen headlamps,
Standard equipment:
body-color door handles and mirrors, chrome
bar grille, satellite radio, auto headlamps,
4-inch color screen, privacy glass, reclining
rear seats, audio controls on steering wheel,
17-inch alloy wheels
Options as tested
SE Convenience Package ($1195) includes
(MSPR):
dual-zone climate control, SYNC with MyFord
Touch, 8-inch touch screen, nine speakers,
Media Hub, reverse sensing system, perimeter
alarm, 110-volt outlet, black roof side rails,
SYNC Services, SiriusXM Satellite Radio; roof
cross bars ($145); power panoramic vista roof
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Destination charge:
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested
(MSPR):
Layout:
Engine:
Horsepower (lb.-ft @
rpm):
Torque (lb.-ft @
rpm):
Transmission:
EPA fuel economy,
city/hwy:
Wheelbase:
Length/width/height:
Track, f/r:
Turning circle:
Seating Capacity:
Head/hip/leg room,
f:
Head/hip/leg room,
m:
Head/hip/leg room,
r:
Cargo volume:
Payload:
Towing capacity:
Suspension, f:
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($1495); SYNC with MyFord Touch and
navigation ($795); tonneau cover ($135)
$895
N/A
$30,210
front-wheel drive
1.6-liter dohc 24-valve twin-turbo I4
178 @ 5700
184 @ 2500
6-speed automatic
23/32 mpg
105.9 in.
178.1/81.8/66.3 in.
61.5/61.6 in.
38.7 ft.
5
39.9/54.8/43.1 in.
N/A
39.0/52.4/36.8 in.
68.1 cu. ft.
N/A
2000 Lbs.
independent, Macpherson struts, stabilizer
bar, twin-tube gas shocks
Suspension, r:
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Ground clearance:
Curb weigth:
Tires:
Brakes, f/r:
Fuel capacity:
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independent, multilink, stabilizer bar,
monotube gas shocks
7.9 in.
3515 lbs.
P235/55R17
disc/disc with ABS, ESC
15.4 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test
vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices
(MSPR) effective as of December 9, 2014.Prices do not
include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-392-3673 - www.ford.com
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