2015 Ford Escape vs. Its Competition

2015 Ford Escape
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

As compact crossovers have started replacing sedans for some families, they've definitely become more carlike, and shoppers have higher demands for comfort-and-convenience features.

The latest Escape emerged two years ago, as a global Ford product, and has a lot more boldness and flair than many other entries in its class.

The latest Honda CR-V, a makeover of the prior model with slightly better space and efficiency than before, has improved styling and infotainment features, and a unique fold-away second-row seat that's best in the class.

The Toyota RAV4 is the other big seller, and it's new this year; it's only offered with a four-cylinder engine, and it's not powerful, though it handles and looks better than in the recent past.

The newest Hyundai Santa Fe does double duty: the smaller Sport model pairs five seats with four-cylinder engines, while a stretched model adds two more seats and gets exclusive V-6 power.

The Escape also competes with the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage, smaller crossovers with very good gas mileage and in the Kia's case, fun turbo power.

And finally, the Nissan Rogue was redesigned this past year, becoming a much more refined and better-equipped model; the Rogue competes more closely with the CR-V and RAV4, however.

As a wild-card rival, the Mazda CX-5 is probably the best-driving model in this class, so cross-shop that if you're fond of the Escape's sporty side.

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2015 Hyundai Santa Fe FWD 4-door GLS Angular Front Exterior View2015 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Quick Specs
With athletic looks and the performance to match, plus a roomy interior and loads of available cabin tech and convenience features, the 2015 Ford Escape is bolder and more exciting than most rivals, without much compromise.
The 2015 Honda CR-V is neither sporty nor particularly quick, but fuel efficiency is excellent and it prioritizes interior space, earnest practicality, and cleverly chosen features in a way that buyers appear to crave.
The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe is really two vehicles in one, with the larger model geared toward big families and the smaller Sport version good for those with smaller broods.
The 2015 Kia Sportage is nice to look at and good fun to drive when equipped with the turbo engine; it's proof that crossovers don't have to be uninteresting.
The 2015 Nissan Rogue may have a small third row, but it's a better car than the previous generation in virtually every way.
The 2015 Toyota RAV4 is a practical crossover with confident handling. Just know that driving enjoyment is not its strong point.
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Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door S2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door 2.42WD 4-Door LXFWD 4-Door S *Ltd Avail*FWD 4-Door LE (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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