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Was it something they said? No, Ford Escape SUVs aren’t rolling away from their drivers because they’re offended. Thousands of 2015 Ford Escape compact SUVs are part of a new recall. Someone call the folks that make Black Mirror. These SUVs practically have a mind of their own.

Some Ford Escapes just can’t keep still

A red 2022 Ford Escape small SUV is parked.
The 2022 Ford Escape | Ford

Like a kid with a sugar rush, some 2015 Ford Escape models just can’t keep still, to the extreme dismay of their owners. Picture this: you go out for lunch, park your 2015 Ford Escape, and head into a restaurant to eat. When you come outside, your SUV is no longer where you parked it. No, someone didn’t break in and steal your Escape. Your Escape escaped on its own!

According to, a cable issue is preventing thousands of 2015 Ford Escape models from properly shifting gears. As a result, the SUVs may appear to be in park but are really in another gear. So, unfortunately, your Escape has nothing in common with Herbie, the living VW. It just has a cable issue.

CarScoops claims that 96,015 Escape SUVs are affected by the recall. So, these escapes are not isolated incidents. If you have a 2015 Ford Escape, this is a recall you’ll certainly want to take seriously.

What are common problems with Ford Escapes?

A blue 2022 Ford Escape compact SUV is parked.
The 2022 Ford Escape | Ford

Consumer Reports gave the 2022 Ford Escape a predicted reliability score of 2/5. It got a 3/5 score for emergency handling. calls the 2014 model year the worst model year because of transmission problems. The 2008 model year was also problematic. It has 617 complaints registered on CarComplaints. In the list of worst Ford Escape issues, the site claims the 2014 model year “stopped working” for some drivers (yikes).

Clearly, the Ford Escape isn’t the most reliable SUV in its segment. The Ford Escape has progressively received fewer complaints on CarComplaints since the 2016 model year. The 2021 Ford Escape only received two complaints on the site, and both were minor. So, the Blue Oval is actively improving the vehicle’s reliability year over year.

Is the 2015 Ford Escape a good SUV?

The 2015 Ford Escape got a 4-star expert rating and a 4-star consumer rating on Kelley Blue Book. It has an attractive exterior design and decent fuel efficiency. The small SUV achieves 23 miles per gallon in the city and 32 miles per gallon on the highway.

Kelley Blue Book claims that a 2015 Ford Escape with under 95,000 miles has a fair purchase price of about $12,072. The 2015 Ford Escape makes a decent used SUV, but there are better options on the market in terms of reliability and longevity. The 2015 Hyundai Tucson is the best 2015 affordable compact SUV, according to U.S. News & World Report.


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