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Features Comparison: Ford Escape vs. Ford Explorer

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Model Year 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015
Model Escape Escape Escape Explorer Explorer Explorer Explorer
Trim S SE Titanium Base XLT Limited Sport
Engines (show)  
2.5L I4
DOHC-4v
168 hp@6000
170 lb-ft@4500
         
turbocharged
1.6L I4
DOHC-4v
178 hp@5700
184 lb-ft@2500
         
turbocharged
2.0L I4
DOHC-4v
240 hp@5500
270 lb-ft@3000
   
3.5L V6
DOHC-4v
290 hp@6500
255 lb-ft@4000
       
turbocharged
3.5L V6
DOHC-4v
365 hp@5500
350 lb-ft@3500
           
Transmissions (show)  
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic
6-speed automatic        
Drivetrains (show)  
FWD  
AWD  
Tires (show)  
235/55HR17 tires        
235/50HR18 tires          
235/45HR19 tires          
245/60HR18 tires      
255/50HR20 tires        
265/45ZR20 tires            
Audio Systems (show)  
Unbranded, 60W, 6 speakers          
Unbranded, 9 speakers          
Sony, 355W, 10 speakers (with subwoofer)            
Unbranded, 6 speakers          
Sony, 390W, 12 speakers (with subwoofer)          
Accessories (show)  
AC power outletPowers devices with a regular home electrical outlet. Limited wattage: forget about using it to power a blow drier.      
Adaptive cruise controlAutomatically maintains set distance behind preceding vehicle as well as set speed. Minimum speed around 30 mph. Replaces regular cruise control, and includes its value.          
Ashtray and lighter (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.      
Cruise control    
Hands-free trunk or liftgateRelease latch by waving a foot beneath the bumper.            
Heated steering wheel          
Keyless entry keypadUnlock the car by entering a code on a door-mounted keypad.    
Parking guidance system - activeParks the vehicle with minimal input from the driver.          
Power front side windowsOften must be ordered with power rear side windows, if these are available.
Power liftgateLiftgate can be opened and closed using buttons inside the vehicle and on the keyfob.    
Power locks
Power rear side windows
Power-adjustable pedalsPedals adjust fore-and-aft to provide the optimal relationship with the steering wheel.          
Proximity keyEnter and start the vehicle without removing the key from your pocket.        
Remote keyless entryUnlock and lock the car using buttons on the keyfob.
Remote startStart the car using a button on the keyfob. Interior can be a comfortable temperature as soon as you get in.    
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual    
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power          
Universal garage door openerHomelink.        
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety (show)  
4-wheel disc brakesRear disc brakes.
911 assistAutomatically contacts 911 through a linked cell phone in the event of a severe collision.
AlarmOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.    
Antilock brakes (ABS)Automatically pulse the brakes in hard stops to prevent wheels from locking up, making it possible to brake and steer at the same time.
Blind spot warning systemMirror-mounted lights indicate when another vehicle is in a blind spot.      
Brake assistWhen a panic stop is sensed, fully applies the brakes.
Curve controlSlows vehicle down when it senses that the vehicle is going too fast for a curve.
Driver drowsiness monitorWarns when driver is drowsy and needs to pull over.            
Forward collision alertAlerts driver when approaching the preceding car too quickly.          
Front airbagsMandatory, in all cars.
Hill descent controlSelectively applies the brakes to maintain a slow, steady descent on off-road downhill slopes.      
Hill start assistApplies the brakes to hold the vehicle in place on an incline. Incomplete data, so only displayed when pricing a single vehicle.      
Inflatable rear seatbeltsOutboard rear shoulder belts inflate in a collision.        
Knee airbag, driver        
Knee airbag, passenger      
Lane departure prevention system, steering-basedSteering lightly applied to help prevent the vehicle from inadvertently traveling out of its intended lane.            
Lane departure warning systemAlerts driver when the vehicle seems to be wandering out of the lane.            
Obstacle detection, frontBeeps signal distance to object in front of vehicle. Parking aid.            
Obstacle detection, rearBeeps signal distance to object behind vehicle. Parking aid.    
Post-crash alert systemSounds horn and flashes hazad lights if airbags or seatbelt pretensioners have been activated.
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation systemPrepares brakes (and sometimes also seatbelts) for use when radar detects an imminent collision. Might also move seats and close windows. Early Lexus system used laser.          
Rear cross-traffic detectionWarns of traffic coming from either direction when vehicle is in reverse, to prevent accidents when backing out of parking spaces.      
Rearview cameraRearview camera connected to display screen on the instrument panel. Often requires navigation system.  
Rollover sensorDeploys extended duration side curtain airbags when the vehicle rolls over. Usually included on tall vehicles. Rare on others.
Safety keyIndividual keys can be coded to enforce specific driving restrictions, such as maximum speed and audio volume.
Side curtain airbagsAirbags contained just above the window level. Except in cars without a rear seat usually cover first and second row.        
Side curtain airbags, three rowsAirbags contained just above the window level. Cover all three rows.      
Stability controlSelectively applies the brakes to prevent excessive understeer or oversteer (spinning).
Termporary spare tire
Tire-pressure monitorTwo types: a warning light when a tire is low on air and a pressure readout for each tire.
Torque vectoring / active trace controlUses the brakes to channel torque to the outside wheels and counteract understeer. Similar to stability control, but proactive, and acting to improve cornering performance rather than prevent loss of control.        
Traction controlWhen a drive wheel slips, it is braked and/or engine power is reduced, restoring traction.
Trailer sway controlAutomatically applies a front brake to counteract sway induced by a trailer.  
Vehicle health reportsPeriodically uploads and emails a vehicle diagnostic check.
Cargo Management (show)  
Cargo cover  
Cargo net          
Cargo tray
Class II trailer hitchHitch rated for up to 3,500 pounds. Capacity of the vehicle could be lower.          
Class III trailer hitchHitch rated for up to 5,000 pounds. Capacity of the vehicle could be lower.      
Console with shifter
Overhead sunglass holderUsually part of an overhead console.
Roof rack crossbarsRequires roof rails. Together constitute a roof rack.  
Roof railsNo crossbars.  
Second-row high consoleSecond-row center console that rises to armrest height, and usually includes storage.        
Second-row under-floor storage        
Storage beneath cargo floorLarge storage area beneath the load floor, often compartmentalized.        
Trailering equipment (4 wire)Includes four-wire harness, limited to relatively small trailers.          
Trailering equipment (7 wire)Includes seven-wire harness, necessary for larger trailers.      
Climate Control and Infotainment (show)  
A/V input jacksJacks for a video camera, game console, or other device with A/V output.    
Air conditioning
App supportTouchscreen and/or voice control over apps that can include online search, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, OpenTable, and MovieTickets.com. Requires connected compatible phone. Fees may apply after first three years.    
Audio controls on steering wheel
Automatic climate control, frontMaintains set temperature in front row. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.    
Aux inputJack for an iPod or similar device. No value because of incomplete data. Will soon be standard on nearly every car.
Bluetooth audio streamingUses Bluetooth rather than a cable to integrate audio device. Requires compatible audio device and/or phone.
Bluetooth cell phone linkEnables hands-free communication by wirelessly connecting a cell phone to a microphone and the vehicle's stereo speakers.
CD player
Dual-zone climate controlTemperature can be separately set for left and right sides of the passenger compartment. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.    
Entertainment system with dual headrest screensA DVD player and two front headrest-mounted screens.        
HD radioHigh-definition radio, which broadcasts a digital signal. Free, no subscription fees.        
In-vehicle Internet capabilityConnects car to the Internet to update systems, download information, and/or browse. Requires mobile modem and non-dedicated broadband service.    
Interior air filterFilters exterior air before it enters the passenger compartment. No default value because most cars have them, even in cases where they're not in the official list of features.      
MP3-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing discs with MP3 files.
Navigation systemScreen-based navigation system.    
Navigation, turn-by-turnSimple directions displayed on rudimentary screen and/or spoken over audio system. Fee after first 3-12 months.    
Rain-sensing wipersWipers automatically turn on and adjust their speed based on input from a rain sensor.          
Rear air ventsVents at aft end of center console, in B-pillars, and/or in ceiling.          
Rear air vents with manual controlsFan speed and/or temperature can be manually set for vents in the center console, B-pillars, and/or ceiling. Includes value of rear vents.      
Rear defrost
Rear heat ductsDucts under front seats direct heated air to the second row.
Rear HVAC unitA second evaporator provides cool air to rear vents. Does not include the value of these vents. Includes rear heater.      
Rear wiper
Satellite radioXM or Sirius. Includes a subscription for three to six months, after which monthly fees apply.  
SD Card slotSD, CF, PCMCIA, or other digital media reader.    
SMS text-to-speech readerConverts text messages to speech.
Speed-sensitive wipersOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.        
Surround sound          
SYNC    
Traffic + travel informationInformation about traffic plus weather, gas prices, sports news, and/or movie times. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.    
USB portOften permits an iPod or phone to be integrated into the vehicle's entertainment system and controls.
Variable intermittent wipersTime between wipes can be precisely adjusted.    
Voice control for audio system    
Voice control for external devicesGenerally works for some devices but not others.
Voice control for nav and audioSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.    
Wi-Fi hotspot capabilityProvides Wi-Fi within the car. Requires mobile modem and non-dedicated broadband service.    
Exterior (show)  
Active grille shuttersClose grille openings when not needed to reduce aerodynamic drag.          
Additional chrome trimOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.      
Body color grille (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.            
Bodyside cladding (gray/black)Protective cladding extending partly onto the doors.
Bright-finished exhaust tip(s)Chrome or polished metal exhaust tip.  
Deep-tinted rear windows  
Mud guardsFlaps mounted behind two to four wheels, to protect the body from mud and rocks.
Paint, special red  
Paint, special white    
Panoramic sunroofFront glass panel retracts over a fixed glass roof panel. Entire unit covers nearly the entire roof.    
Rear bumper protector      
Rear spoilerCan be small lip spoiler or a larger raised spoiler.
Special exterior trimOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.          
Wheel-lip moldingsExtensions to the wheel opening, both decorative and protective.
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors (show)  
Auto-dimming headlightsHigh beams automatically turned on and off.            
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorInterior rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.      
Automatic headlightsHeadlights automatically turn on and off. Includes value of automatic-off headlights.  
CompassWe haven't given this feature a value because it's hard to tell which cars have it.          
Fog lightsLight wide area close in front of the vehicle.    
Heated mirrorsClears ice and fog from mirrors.    
Illuminated visor mirror, driverIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.    
Illuminated visor mirror, passengerIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.    
Interior ambient lightingLEDs in the ceiling or door panels cast a soft glow over the interior.        
Large color reconfigurable instrument cluster displayThe information displayed by the instruments can be customized. Color display(s) of at least 20 square inches.        
Map lightsFront row reading lights.
Outside temperature display  
Perimeter approach lightingArea around the vehicle is illuminated when the vehicle is remotely unlocked.  
Power mirrorsIncludes value of manual remote mirrors.
Power-folding mirrorsMirrors fold and unfold with the touch of a button inside the vehicle. Good for narrow roads and parking lots.          
Rear reading lights    
Spotter mirror(s)Auxiliary convex lens in the corner of the outside mirror that improves view of the driver's blind spot.
TachometerReports engine speed.
Trip computerReports average fuel economy, and perhaps also instantaneous fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed, and other stats.
Turn signals on or near mirrors      
Visor mirror, driver          
Visor mirror, passenger          
Xenon HID headlightsProvide a brighter, whiter light than halogen headlights.          
Powertrain (show)  
Oil coolerOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.  
Steering-wheel-mounted transmission controlsPaddles or buttons that can be used to manually shift the transmission. Only listed when optional or not always included with an automatic transmission.            
Seats and Interior Trim (show)  
Front buckets
Second-row buckets        
Second-row 2-section 3-person split bench
Third-row 2-section 2-person split bench      
All-weather floor matsAll-weather floormats.
Center armrest(s), front row
Center armrest(s), second row    
Cooled or ventilated front seats          
Door sill trim plates            
Floor mats
Folding second row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.
Heated front seats    
Heated second row seats            
Illuminated door sill trim plates            
Leather seating surfacesSeating surfaces are trimmed in leather; other upholstery tends to be leatherette.    
Leather-wrapped steering wheel    
Manual height adjuster, driver seat            
Manual lumbar adjuster, driver seatManually adjustable lower back support.            
Manual lumbar adjuster, passenger seatManually adjustable lower back support.            
Manual recliner, second row seats  
Memory system, driver seat        
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat  
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat      
Power headrest height adjuster, passenger seat        
Power height adjuster, driver seat  
Power height adjuster, passenger seat            
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable lower back support.    
Power lumbar adjuster, passenger seatPower-adjustable lower back support.        
Power recliner, driver seat    
Power recliner, passenger seat        
Power tilt adjuster, driver seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.  
Power tilt adjuster, passenger seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.      
Power-stowing third row seatsSeat powers into a well completely beneath the floor level to enlarge cargo area. Also powers back upright. Replaces manual stowing seat, and includes the value of that feature.            
Stowable third row seatsSeat stows in a well completely beneath the floor level.        
Synthetic suede inserts in leather seating surfacesSeating surfaces are part leather, part synthetic suede.            
Tailgating position, third row seatsThird-row seat can be flipped over to face out the rear of the vehicle, for use with the tailgate open.            
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires (show)  
Alloy wheels          
Chrome-coated alloy wheelsChrome finish applied in a multi-layer powder coating process. More durable and lighter than chrome-plating.            
Electronic systems calibration selectorVaries throttle, steering, ABS, and/or stability control calibration.      
Machined alloy wheelsOuter surface of alloy wheels machines to yield a bright finish. Replace and include value of reqular alloy wheels.            
Polished alloy wheelsAlloy wheels highly polished to yield an ultra-bright finish. Replace and include value of regular alloy wheels.          
Sport suspension (upgrade)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.            

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Option Package Contents

Chrome Package

Features
Additional chrome trim
Chrome-coated alloy wheels
235/45HR19 tires

Convenience Package

Features
Automatic climate control, front
Roof rails
Obstacle detection, rear
Dual-zone climate control
Alarm
AC power outlet
Rear air vents

MyFord Touch w/SYNC

Features
A/V input jacks
SD Card slot
In-vehicle Internet capability
Wi-Fi hotspot capability
SYNC

Leather Comfort Package

Features
Leather seating surfaces
Heated mirrors
Heated front seats
Illuminated visor mirror, driver
Illuminated visor mirror, passenger
Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Technology Package

Features
Rain-sensing wipers
Xenon HID headlights
Obstacle detection, front
Blind spot warning system
Parking guidance system - active
Rear cross-traffic detection

SYNC

Features
Voice control for audio system
Bluetooth cell phone link
Voice control for external devices
SMS text-to-speech reader
USB port
Vehicle health reports
911 assist
Bluetooth audio streaming

Trailer Tow Package

Features
Oil cooler
Class III trailer hitch
Trailering equipment (7 wire)

Appearance Package

Features
Synthetic suede inserts in leather seating surfaces
Machined alloy wheels
Special exterior trim
255/50HR20 tires

Package 201A

Features
Automatic climate control, front
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Rearview camera
Dual-zone climate control
Large color reconfigurable instrument cluster display

Trailer Tow Package

Features
Oil cooler
Class III trailer hitch
Trailering equipment (7 wire)

MyFord Touch w/SYNC

Features
A/V input jacks
SD Card slot
In-vehicle Internet capability
Wi-Fi hotspot capability
SYNC

Package 202A

Features
Leather seating surfaces
Heated front seats
Power recliner, driver seat
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seat
Center armrest(s), second row

Package 301A

Features
Heated steering wheel
Tailgating position, third row seats
Power-stowing third row seats

Package 302A / 303A

Features
Lane departure prevention system, steering-based
Rain-sensing wipers
Xenon HID headlights
Auto-dimming headlights
Lane departure warning system
Parking guidance system - active
Rear cross-traffic detection
Driver drowsiness monitor
Inflatable rear seatbelts

Trailer Tow Package

Features
Oil cooler
Class III trailer hitch
Trailering equipment (7 wire)

Package 401A

Features
Heated steering wheel
Rear cross-traffic detection
Inflatable rear seatbelts

Trailer Tow Package

Features
Oil cooler
Class III trailer hitch
Trailering equipment (7 wire)

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