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Ford Escape

2018
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
The Ford Escape has 1.5- and 2.0-liter turbocharged engines with a start/stop system. Unfortunately, fuel economy isn't great with the 1.5-liter, at just 23 mpg overall, and when the engine shuts off at idle the A/C weakens. The fleet-footed Escape has impressive handling prowess, which makes it one of the sportiest models in the small-SUV class. It also has a taut, controlled ride and a quiet interior, but the rear seat is a bit low and the cushion is short. The impressive Sync 3 system is standard. One new feature is Sync Connect, a smartphone app that allows owners to use their cell phone to lock and unlock their Escape, remotely start the engine, and track the vehicle location via GPS. Advanced safety features such as forward-collision warning are optional.
All Ratings & Reliability
2013-2017
2013 Redesign Year
Ford Escape 2017
The Escape's 2013 redesign brought many improvements. Genuinely qualifying as fun-to-drive, this version of the Escape delivers agile handling along with an impressively supple and composed ride. What's more, the cabin is quiet and feels substantial. Plus, a long list of high-tech options can make the compact crossover feel like a luxury-branded small SUV. This iteration of the Escape is not without its shortcomings however. Basic radio and climate controls could be simpler and better designed. This model year also brought the distracting MyFord Touch control interface's small fonts, tightly clustered touchscreen buttons and unintuitive functions. Ultimately though, a Poor performance in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small overlap test kept it from being recommended.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 $18,375 - $20,075 $15,900 - $17,600
2016 $14,900 - $21,075 $12,530 - $18,630
2015 $13,350 - $18,600 $10,925 - $16,075
2014 $11,825 - $16,275 $9,370 - $13,670
2013 $10,725 - $14,500 $8,215 - $11,815
2008-2012
2008 Redesign Year
Ford Escape 2012
Electronic stability control became standard for non-hybrid Escapes for 2008, solving the tip-up problem noted in the 2005 ' 2007 models. ESC is standard on all versions from 2009 forward. The Escape's sensible size, roomy interior and good visibility remain intact. However, though it was improved with the 2008 freshening, the Escape's interior is still somewhat subpar. Fit and finish issues include uneven gaps and exposed screws. On the infotainment front, the optional SYNC system brought voice activation to the Escape, allowing hands-free control of digital music players and cell phones. This is a remarkable advancement for the class.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2012 $8,125 - $12,550 $5,645 - $9,950
2011 $7,425 - $10,250 $4,855 - $7,605
2010 $6,500 - $8,450 $3,965 - $5,815
2009 $5,825 - $7,200 $3,270 - $4,570
2008 $5,075 - $6,250 $2,565 - $3,665
2001-2007
2001 Redesign Year
Ford Escape 2007
The Escape is a car-based small SUV launched in 2001. First-generation models had sound handling and braking, impressive cabin space, and adequate acceleration with the optional 3.0-liter V6. Downsides include a stiff ride and noisy interior. Other engine choices included a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and a Hybrid that arrived in 2005 to return 26 mpg in our tests. A tip-up in the government rollover test for 2005-2007 models is a concern. For 2008, electronic stability control became standard on the non-hybrid Escapes, rectifying the problem.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2007 $4,475 - $5,350 $2,015 - $2,815
2006 $4,025 - $4,825 $1,655 - $2,310
2005 $3,725 - $4,225 $1,385 - $1,785
2004 $3,400 - $4,025 $1,110 - $1,610
2003 $3,225 - $3,775 $960 - $1,410
2002 $3,150 - $3,975 $1,035 - $1,685
2001 N/A N/A