The third-generation Escape had its first full redesign; it changed the upright and boxy styling with a more modern and sleek design. You can have the choice of four trims – S, SE, SEL, and Titanium. The Hybrid model was discontinued, as well as the V6 engine. Three four-cylinder engine options are available with a six-speed automatic transmission. Base Escape had a 2.5-liter engine, mid-level models were powered by a turbocharged EcoBoost 1.6-liter that made 178 horsepower, and the top-of-the-line, Titanium trim had a 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine.
The S model comes with steering wheel audio controls and SYNC, reclining rear seats, automatic headlights, privacy glass, satellite radio and a four-inch multi-function screen. The SE adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a turbocharged engine, SYNC, reclining rear seats, automatic headlights, privacy glass, satellite radio and a four-inch multi-function screen. The SEL adds heated side-view mirrors, dual-zone automatic control, a nine-speaker stereo system, and the Titanium trim gains keyless ignition and entry and full leather upholstery.
A back-up camera is standard in 2015, and in 2016, SYNC 3 touchscreen multimedia system is newly available.
Restyled in 2017, the Escape got a new turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder and an improved 245-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter; each having stop-start capability. It gains a reshaped body, with a completely new front end, broad upper grille, redesigned headlights, fog lights and lower intake. The rear gets reshaped stoplights, as well as a new bumper. Some added driver assists include adaptive cruise control, enhanced active park assist, lane-keeping system, and driver alert system.
The SEL model joins the lineup for the 2018 model year, featuring leather seats, a power liftgate and other upgrades. The available 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine is now only an option for the Titanium trim.
For the 2019 model year, the SE trim now comes standard with SYNC 3 and FordPass Connect. The SEL now brings unique seats to the crossover and three new colors also join the Escape: Agate Black, Baltic Seat Green, and Sedona Orange.