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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.
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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

“best small SUV I have had - - everything GREAT - - I like it BETTER than the NEWER ones.”

CASEY M., MA (2003 Ford Escape)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

“My vehicle is 13 years old. I HAVE ONLY 110,000 KS ON IT. tHE ESCAPE STILL PROVIDES A COMFORTABLE RIDE AND THE LEATHER INTERIOR STILL LOOKS FRESH AND IT HAS STOOD UP WELL TO WEAR.”

JACK M., AB (2003 Ford Escape)

“It is a bit noisy.”

Anonymous, TX (2003 Ford Escape)

Value

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

What Owners Say

“I researched this model and was shocked at how reasonable the price was from the dealer. I walked into dealer at look at 8pm and left by 9pm buying the car.”

JUDY J., CT (2003 Ford Escape)

“Tht paint on the drver's side rear wheel well bubbled up @ three years I had the same area repaired twice.When I brouht the problem up to the dealer I was told it was not covered under the paint warranty,I found out later it was covered.Much to my dismay..”

Anonymous, IN (2003 Ford Escape)

“This is a very good "do everything" vehicle. It drives well in snow. It hauls everything I want it to. It's economical doing its job.”

Anonymous, WA (2003 Ford Escape)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

“Like the room of the boxy rear. Newer ones are "sleeker" but less useful for cargo. Putting rear seats down and up again involves too much bother.”

STAN G., OH (2003 Ford Escape)

“like the small truck chassis and feel. Feels safe for my wife, is durable and can go anywhere. dislike the new styling on this line of Ford vehicles.”

ALLAN G., AB (2003 Ford Escape)

Would you buy this car again?

2003 vehicles
Ford Escape
Honda CR-V
Honda Element
Hyundai Santa Fe
Jeep Liberty
Jeep Wrangler
Mazda Tribute
Saturn Vue
Subaru Forester
Toyota RAV4
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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