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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"I live near Yosemite National Park and require a powerful 6 cylinder engine and 4-wheel drive for mountain conditions, including snow and ice. My Escape handles well under extreme conditions."

THOMAS G., CA (2002 Ford Escape)

"*Very good acceleration *Unique styling for the time *Rugged truck frame/perfect for my use *Decent mileage *********************************************** *Transmission replaced @ 165,000!! (i felt it was premature) *Replaced alternator TWICE/laborious$$$ procedure on this vehicle, as it is located 'under' the engine!!"

TERRY S., CA (2002 Ford Escape)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"truck frame: So, rides stiff and and some road noise."

Anonymous, CA (2002 Ford Escape)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"right thing at the right time when i bought it."

WILLIAM C., OH (2002 Ford Escape)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"If Ford kept the same exterior design I would have bought the new one. As it stands, if I were to buy another Escape it will be a 2012 or older."

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Ford Escape)

Would you buy this car again?

2002 vehicles
Ford Escape
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Mazda Tribute
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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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