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.
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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

"The 2006 could do with more power. The stearing tends to steer down the road cambers, right or left."

Anonymous, AB (2006 Ford Escape)

"Plenty of pep after 110K miles, but nursing the transmission for about 50K and the car responsive but a little top heavy."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Escape)

"I have the V6 engine in the Escape and the acceleration is very brisk. This helps when I merge on the expressway."

CHARLES P., IN (2006 Ford Escape)

"We bought the 4 cylinder, which doesn't accelerate well at all. Won't do that again."

Anonymous, MA (2006 Ford Escape)

"This little car responds so well to whatever I need to do with acceleration, braking, steering ... love it!"

PATRICIA J., NY (2006 Ford Escape)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"very comfortable on city and highway drives. quiet and smooth ride. awd is excellent in winter"

Anonymous, MB (2006 Ford Escape)

"seats are very comfortable"

JACKIE N., OH (2006 Ford Escape)

"Comfort, air noise is bad and always has been since first new, we've replaced the fan motor and it is LOUD!! Tire noise is loud and always has been"

Anonymous, NE (2006 Ford Escape)


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

What Owners Say

"no problems with vehicle delivers what was promised when bought, great styling, still looks like a truck, maintained its value!"

JOHN K., CA (2006 Ford Escape)

"I have 275,000 miles on this SUV. During the early years I got over 30 MPG; the mileage has dropped with age. It still handles great even when I load it gaer and drive on dirt roads."

BARRY N., CA (2006 Ford Escape)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"I prefer the plain look to the swooping, sculpted look of later vehicles."

Anonymous, AB (2006 Ford Escape)

"looks like a sporty SUV with plenty of leg and head room"

JACKIE N., OH (2006 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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