This car is really fun to drive! It handles great and the 2.0L motor has excellent acceleration. I live in Colorado and the crowd-race to the tunnel is effortless, from both sides. The interior creature comforts are better than I deserve and it is obvious that careful thought went into everything. I closed the deal on 2/28 which turns out to be a very good day to buy, I paid $1014 less than the Edmunds' estimate. My shopping advise would be to decide on the exact model, color, and features that you want then go to the Ford website and find dealers with that car in stock then start email conversations with their internet sales managers. You will be able to tell who is hungry.
This is our 4th Ford Escape and is proving to be every bit as reliable and functional as our last 3! This is primarily my wife's car and she loves it. We have taken it on several road trips and it is comfortable and averages about 32MPG on the hwy! per the computer of course. We have the 2.0 turbo Titanium and the vehicle has plenty of power to pass up hill and to pull onto freeways with confidence. Ford build great SUV's. For some reason Edmunds does not let you pick the 2.0 turbo as an option?? Test drive one with the 2.0 turbo and you won't be disappointed.
my escape is the 2015 se 4 wheel drive 2.0 liter 240 horse version with trailer tow pack. now that i have lived with this car for almost a year and 11,000 miles later i am quite happy in my choice. the power train really sets this vehicle apart from the rest. plenty of power for towing a trailer. (and i do on occasion) handles great even with 4 adults on board. i purchased this vehicle in feb and the 4 wheel drive works great better than the competition. like i said i am very happy with it for i did some research before the purchase. one of my purchasing points was ease of entry into the vehicle and this one was the best for me to enter. i replaced my ford super duty pickup with this vehicle. combined mileage is 25.4. highway is 30.5. heavy two axle uhaul trailer loaded is 17.5.
I looked @ Nissan, Hyundai, & Ford for a safe, reliable, affordable & comfortable ride. Though the Escape was not the winner by a huge margin, it was my final choice. The safety rating, ease of use, quality feel, reliability and overall good looks; interior & exterior made this a winner for me. My Escape has 35000 miles with no issues.
Drove several SUV's before deciding on the Escape. Traded in a thirsty full size SUV for better mileage and I am not disappointed. Drove the 1.6 and the 2.0 and settled on the 2.0. Why was this not a model option on this site? I had to check 1.6 for it to take my review. The dated non-turbo 2.5 was not even available at my dealer. I understand it is mainly used in low cost fleet cars. Car is quiet, powerful and well-built. Only been to the dealer for oil changes, so far. Some of the controls are a little confusing. The arm rests are too small for a big guy like me, but the seats are fine. The only problem has been the low tire pressure indicator... It has come on a couple of times and there was no problem. It re-set itself. Going to have the dealer check it at the next service. UPDATE: almost 40k on the car. Only been to dealer for oil changes and recent filter (cabin and air) replacements. Just got a new set of Michelins, even though the dealer said I had another 7-8k left on the original ones. Tread was not deep enough for me to feel safe in heavy rain. I observed I can get 30mpg on the highway IF I drive under 70 with no more than two people in the car. 4 people and 70+ can cost you 3-4 mpg. Update at 59000. Still no problems with vehicle. Have just done routine maintenance. Plan on keeping the car another year or so. Next vehicle will probably be an Explorer because I just need a larger car. My only complaint is that the door armrest is just too small to be useful or comfortable.