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.
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.
Leased a 2015 Escape SE 4WD 2.0 in August 2015 and have about 7100 miles. Got some extras that I didn't necessarily want but the dealership gave me a deal so I took it. Have the vista roof and wouldn't recommend it honestly; it barely tilts open and if you open it 100% instead of the standard opening, there is a terrible buffeting sound that travels throughout the inside of the car. I would not recommend the 2.0 because even though it moves quickly the MPG is quite poor and doesn't meet the EPA rating. Took a trip to upstate NY and barely got 29mpg.
MyFord Touch works fine but does get slow for no reason sometimes or will drop the Bluetooth connection lately.
The suspension now has what can best be described as a creaking/squeaking sound coming from the right rear. Only used to make the sound under 10mph now I've heard it up to 25mph. It shouldn't be creaking at 7000 miles.
Some more observations:
-Headlights work fine and I like that they automatically come on when the wipers are put to the low setting.
-Climate control system sometimes won't blow and stays very quiet until I shut it off and turn it on again
-Power hatch has given me problems where it won't close or slams shut for some reason; it's been adjusted 2x & it still gives me problems
-Engine turns over very quickly
-Power reserve stays on even when the keys are out of the ignition as long as a door isn't opened
-LED interior lights are nice and bright but are a pain to keep on by one door if another door is open.
I feel it drives bigger than it really is and the mpg has been poor despite not driving hard. Glad it's a lease and I'm already anxiously waiting for it to end.
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.