This Ford Escape is quieter and more comfortable than the model we tested in 2001. IIHS crash-test results improved, as well. The Escape is agile, but had less tire grip than the 2001 version we tested. Because of this it had a relatively long braking distance and low maximum speed in our avoidance maneuver. Also, compared with many competing models, the Escape had slow acceleration times and so-so fuel economy.
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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

"My car is a hybrid. When I get on the highway, I immediately put it in cruise control. At the end of the trip, I get 32mpg."

BARBARA W., MA (2005 Ford Escape)

"Our Escape is very nimble for a high vehicle. It brakes well. It accelerates well, too. I really appreciate the AWD when it's raining (pretty rare here in Southern California)."

MICHAEL B., CA (2005 Ford Escape)

"Even though this is a v6, the acceleration is very slow"

L K., NC (2005 Ford Escape)

"handles well good acceleration"

Anonymous, KS (2005 Ford Escape)

"4 cylinder engine is under-powered. Difficult at navigating hilly terrain. Also, need 6 cylinder for AC to work comfortably in the hot AZ desert."

BRUCE S., AZ (2005 Ford Escape)

"Acceleration and handling"

Anonymous, ID (2005 Ford Escape)

"Cruise control to maintain highway speed, must downshift much more than other cars, even with a V6. Wouldn't want a 4."

DONALD B., KS (2005 Ford Escape)

"Very "stiff" ride."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Escape)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Ride has always been stiff and bumpy making long trips uncomfortable."

Anonymous, MI (2005 Ford Escape)

"Road noise has always been a problem. Otherwise it is great."

WILLIAM D., NC (2005 Ford Escape)

"The seats feel like they should be comfortable but on long trips get tiring. The interior suffers from road noise."

STEVEN W., OR (2005 Ford Escape)

"It is noisier than I had hoped for."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Escape)

"annoying wind noise around door frames."

Anonymous, ME (2005 Ford Escape)

"My Escape seems to be a little noisy on the highway. I have to turn the radio louder than usual when driving on the highway."

CATHLEEN T., TX (2005 Ford Escape)

"One drawback to this vehicle is the noisy ride. And the seats, on a long distance drive, are not very comfortable at all."

Anonymous, NC (2005 Ford Escape)

"My only issue with this vehicle is the road noise when traveling ."

Anonymous, VA (2005 Ford Escape)

"Leather seats are splitting and are hard to sit on. A/C is always going out due to the tubing falling apart. Ride is noisy."

Anonymous, CO (2005 Ford Escape)

"Handles and feels like a truck."

Anonymous, VA (2005 Ford Escape)

"The air conditioning will do a fairly good job of keeping the cabin temperature at a comfortable level at highway speeds, it is unable to do so while driving at speeds below 35 mph."

Anonymous, KS (2005 Ford Escape)

"This vehicle is very noisy while driving. The road noise makes it hard to hear conversations with passengers or listening to radio, CDs, or phone. I have an external speaker phone device so I can use hands free phone. There is so much noise while driving that the people on the other end can't hear me; just the noise. Works great when car not moving. Too much road noise."

CHRISTIAN T., WI (2005 Ford Escape)

"Leather interior is holding up very well"

ROBERT S., IL (2005 Ford Escape)

"This is a loud car. Road noise, especially at highway speed is atrocious. Conversations must be shouted."

CHARLIE L., NE (2005 Ford Escape)


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

What Owners Say

"Fun to drive , totally reliable , low maintenance l'm just am itching for something new after 11 years."

Anonymous, VA (2005 Ford Escape)

"We purchased it used from friends who take good care of their vehicles, it had 200,000 miles at that time. Our college aged son has had hardly any problems, it is checked regularly by our mechanic."

Anonymous, VA (2005 Ford Escape)

"Good price should of got it cheaper I was trading a car that I should of gotten more for"

KIM R., LA (2005 Ford Escape)

"Four wheel drive makes it a great vehicle for the kids to drive in winter."

ROBERT S., IL (2005 Ford Escape)

"reliable, great traction, good hauler"

TOM A., WI (2005 Ford Escape)

"never stopped paying for vehicle. constant money drain for repairs. brakes and front wheel bearings needing replacement."

DEB L., OH (2005 Ford Escape)

"Gas mileage isn't great. Be very careful about tire inflation. If the tires are not matched the transfer case kicks in and can wear itself out. Tire dealer put one slightly different size tire on my car and destroyed the transfer case quickly. One under inflated tire can do the same."

WILLIAM D., NC (2005 Ford Escape)

"It was free"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Ford Escape)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"simple clean"

Anonymous, KS (2005 Ford Escape)

"I like this Style."

FRED S., IL (2005 Ford Escape)

Would you buy this car again?

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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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