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Although classified as a small SUV, Escape's relatively spacious interior stretches the definition of small. Offering a strong V6 and good handling, Escape delivers good ride quality Developed side-by-side with the Mazda Tribute, differences in ride quality plus certain differences in interior trim led us to rate the Escape slightly higher than the Tribute.
Alerts
There are 15 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2005. Side and head protection air bags available, standard from 2008. ESC available from 2008, standard from 2009.
Road Test

Although classified as a small SUV, Escape's relatively spacious interior stretches the definition of small. Offering a strong V6 and good handling, Escape delivers good ride quality Developed side-by-side with the Mazda Tribute, differences in ride quality plus certain differences in interior trim led us to rate the Escape slightly higher than the Tribute.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 (127 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 (201 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2001 Ford Escape owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

“Alternator failure. Stranded on the road. Flat-bedded to service”

Anonymous, NJ (2001 Ford Escape XLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Dead Battery”

Anonymous, NJ (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Normal replacements”

N P., CA (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“needed new battery and alternator”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

“Check Engine light indicates a problem with individual coils on cyllinders 2 and 4, This requires an expensive and labor intensive project to replace them”

Anonymous, IN (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“coil failure when acceleration is needed”

Anonymous, LA (2001 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

“Three coils replaced at 55000 miles”

Anonymous, NV (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Replace all COP (coil on plug)”

Anonymous, NC (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“spark plug needed replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2001 Ford Escape XLT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

“not starting, when started, does not continue to idle, unexpected acceleration”

Anonymous, LA (2001 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)
Engine harness

“wire to fuel pump shorted. took to Ford dealerships and repaired. Somewhere in the wiring there is still a short which runs down the battery overnight. leave battery disconnected until corrected”

Anonymous, AL (2001 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

“This cost me the most to diagnose and fix. Finally had to replace harness -too many clips broken to fix individually- by my son”

Anonymous, MD (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Starter

“Fuel Pump & Transmission Flush”

Anonymous, NJ (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Erratic starting problem currently. May be solinoid or starter relay”

N P., CA (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel cap

“Fuel cap (factory installed) leaked and had to be replaced; computer reset”

Anonymous, NV (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Fuel pump

“Leaking fuel, needed replacement”

Jose F., FL (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Fuel pump had to be replaced just quit working, stranding us at the Store. Towed vehicle home replaced fuel pump without taking the fuel tank out access panel under back seat real easy to fix but expensive for pump”

Wes S., UT (2001 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

“Fuel pump (replacement for factory original) failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NV (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“engine quit. need to repair fuel system”

Jack J., CA (2001 Ford Escape Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“fuel pump went out suddenly. Second time in two years”

Anonymous, AL (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Fuel pump needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Escape kept stalling the day prior to failing. Went to a customer's house and afterwards the Escape would not start and left me stranded”

Anonymous, VA (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Two where self distruct”

Anonymous, WI (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Fuel injection system

“Biggest problem is with mixer fuel”

Anonymous, LA (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“A/C stopped working completely last summer (2014). Auto shop said they will go ahead and replace all parts while they are at it at a cost of about $950”

Kurt K., CO (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“It just broke. time for a new one after 12 years. that's pretty good”

Rex J., FL (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“see comments for the coolant”

Anonymous, ON (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Replaced in 2012 and hoses checked. Still won't maintain a charge. Control knob broken so unable to change from pointing to windshield or into cabin”

Anonymous, MD (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“had to replace A/C cost approx $1,200”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Escape Unsure Unsure)

“Noisy and inefficient. Once changed and now after 2 years it has to be changed again”

Lidia R., NJ (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“System leaks out the coolant in a few hours. Blows hot air”

Anonymous, VA (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Repaired several times. Never fixed”

Anonymous, MN (2001 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

“I have had ongoing issues with the A/C for most of the life of the vehicle. Every time they repair it, it lasts for a while and eventually peters out. I have paid to service coolant leaks and the compressor many times, but the fixes never last long”

Anonymous, ON (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“I have to load refrigerant three times during a summer”

Lidia R., NJ (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“Engine knocks and seems to slip at speeds over 30-35 mph”

Anonymous, AL (2001 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

“All of the motors seals had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2001 Ford Escape Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear seals and small oil leaks oil pan etc”

Dave L., MI (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“engine collects oil and dirt”

Allen L., TX (2001 Ford Escape Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“oil leaks in various under car locations”

Anonymous, PA (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“very small leak but smell comes thru air conditioner when car is at very slow speeds”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“oil pan gasket”

Andy W., CA (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Faulty gasket leaks oil and affects oil pressure”

Erik H., WA (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“Just general old vehicle noises”

Anonymous, AK (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“unsure source on noise. Also appear to have vacuum leak, possible brake”

Jack J., CA (2001 Ford Escape Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“Dr the top of the line mod there is entirely to much noise, both road and body parts. Also getting re also fixed has been a problem”

Linda N., GA (2001 Ford Escape Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“We tried everything to fix the noise but no luck”

Linda N., GA (2001 Ford Escape Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“It is noticable when driving down the road, and something one has to get used to”

Anonymous, MN (2001 Ford Escape Unsure Unsure)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Seals around doors are shot. Have not felt a need to replace them, as it does not seem to impact road noise or water penetration”

Kurt K., CO (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Both running boards rusted to the point that they had to be removed. The inside decorations on the back doors, came loose and had to be regaled on”

Anonymous, MN (2001 Ford Escape Unsure Unsure)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“This car came with factory installed running boards. They have completely rusted through and fallen off. The mounting brackets are mouinted with bolts that have undersize heads and they are rusted tight and impossible to get off”

Anonymous, IN (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Left rear quarter panel rusted through to door opening”

Anonymous, IL (2001 Ford Escape XLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The car has had way to much rust. Several recalls for braces that cause steering problems. Brake lines rotted and broke almost causing a disastrous wreck. Metal shield around gas tank is rusting away. I had to remove running boards because they were”

Anonymous, WV (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Rusted thru from the inside at both rear wheel wells along top and front”

Anonymous, MI (2001 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

“Rusted out door bottoms and rocker panels”

Anonymous, NB (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“rust in all four doorways”

Anonymous, PA (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

“Ball joints were clunking and they were replaced”

Paul P., NY (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“replaced struts at 161000”

Anonymous, OK (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

“knocking when hitting bumps”

Anonymous, LA (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Wheel balance

“been fixed”

Tony L., NM (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Power steering leaks

“Had to replace the power steering rack and pinion and power steering switch”

Anonymous, NJ (2001 Ford Escape XLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“$3200 to repair automatic transmission. Lost 1st gear. Limped along for about before I got it repaired”

Thomas W., GA (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“After I replaced the control arm, the ABS ring and the axel, my transmission began making loud screaching noises and eventually stopped moving”

Holly V., MA (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“replaced original transmission at 75K miles, second transmission around 160K miles”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Clutch replacement

“No problem with the replacement, just the problem that required its replacement”

Anonymous, MD (2001 Ford Escape Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“wore out, replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2001 Ford Escape XLT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Warning lights

“The battery light is on. It never goes out. Nothing is wrong. Multiple service departments indicate that it is a short somewhere”

Glenn T., WA (2001 Ford Escape Unsure Unsure)
Cruise control

“Stopped working when tailgate became an issue”

Rich G., MI (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“head light has water in it, can't remove lens”

Allen L., TX (2001 Ford Escape Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“Bulb needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2001 Ford Escape XLT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“It blew up”

Anonymous, WI (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Vehicle was losing power while driving or would not start and had to be towed”

Anonymous, MO (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“All 5 converters failed”

Anonymous, LA (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Rusted exhaust manifold and flex coupling”

Anonymous, NB (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

“2 of 4 doors unable to open”

Anonymous, ON (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Can't seem to find a suitably inexpensive fix for the tail gate locking mechanism”

Rich G., MI (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Lift gate glass hinges broke off while opening the glass with in one month of each other”

Anonymous, MI (2001 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“Front left calipers seized up”

Anonymous, NJ (2001 Ford Escape Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Squeaking

“Brakes squeaked when applied & were replaced”

Barbara S., FL (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Brakes were squealing”

Barbara S., FL (2001 Ford Escape XLT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

“It chatters when shifting into overdrive”

Dave L., MI (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“It takes a few seconds for the gears to shift, especially if I'm starting off on an uphill incline”

Anonymous, DC (2001 Ford Escape Unsure Unsure)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“Check engine came on (blinking only), went off and came back on periodically while we were on a trip. When we returned home, were told by dealer there was at least one bad cylinder. recommended replacing engine rather than repairing it. We opted for”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

“Had to replace engine”

Jude K., CA (2001 Ford Escape Unsure Unsure)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Overheating

“needed new water pump, hoses, radiator”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Escape XLS 3.0-L V6)

“Car kept overheating. We replaced the water pump and the car still overheated. We found the radiator was leaking and we needed to replace it. It is still loosing fluid and the light comes on periodically”

Juli P., CA (2001 Ford Escape Unsure 3.0-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Traction control

“Ring on CV joint split making antilock brakes fail”

William L., IL (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen goes blank

“radio unit had display that ran from normal to so dim you couldn't see it, to being out completely. The Radio, CD, and cassette all worked but lights were out most of time”

Anonymous, WV (2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0-L V6)
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