Although the Escape was freshened for 2008, still more changes came for 2009. Both the four-cylinder and V6 engines received more power. Performance is adequate with the new 2.5-liter, 171-hp four-cylinder engine, which also returns 21 mpg overall. Stability control became standard across the line. Long stopping distances, a major shortcoming of the 2008 Escape we tested, were improved.
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 escape has great passing ability"

MARCY E., MI (2008 Ford Escape)

"It handles really well with really good turning radius."

Anonymous, HI (2008 Ford Escape)

"Very good in snow"

THOMAS L., NY (2008 Ford Escape)

"Goes anywhere reliabily - snow, rain, hills - up and down, curves, freeway, emergency stops / maneuvers."

ARTHUR F., WA (2008 Ford Escape)

"Very fun to drive - quick and excellent handling !"

BRADLEY L., KS (2008 Ford Escape)

"the acceleration is flakey many times you have to really slam on gas to get it to react on even small inclines .. NOT as comfortable as my previous 1999 subaru forester which was manual .. not as confident with escape in snow. was happy last winter was mild. IF I was to get another escape, they had better fix its handling in snow/ice and acceleration in highway and even slight inclines."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford Escape)

"Bad; Have had several unintended accelerations occur while braking when my foot was removed from the accelerator and on the brake. Once was on a snowy/icy surface while cornering. Dealer was unable to find or repeat the condition."

JIM-JULIE C., OH (2008 Ford Escape)

"Slower acceleration with noticeable lag time to full acceleration. Handling is fine/average."

BRANDON B., WA (2008 Ford Escape)

"This model came out before "ecoboost" so I opted for a 6 cylinder model. I did sacrifice some gas milage for this but it is worth it to gain the added power and acceleration. There is no way I would consider towing anything with the 4 cylinder model but I feel reasonably confident towing a small trailer with the added power a 6 cylinder engine provides."

KIMBERLY B., WI (2008 Ford Escape)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"I like the comfort of the ride and I love the AC quickness. It cools down instantly."

Anonymous, OK (2008 Ford Escape)

"There is more road noise than I would have liked and the body appears to be made of light material like plastic and makes the safe feeling of it seem unsafe."

Anonymous, AB (2008 Ford Escape)

"I have taken many road trips, hundreds of miles each time, and have always been comfortable. And I have back issues. The car fits me well. However, not long after I purchased it, it began to make rattling noises. The body is not built for a quiet ride. That would be the only reason, at this time, that I would consider trading it in."

TAMMY B., CA (2008 Ford Escape)

"The seats are adequate - not enjoyable - for comfort. The are fine for short trips, but long trips wear you out. The upholstery is durable but ugly and show everything - dust, dirt, stains."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford Escape)

"Noisy when driving at high speed (above 55 MPH)"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Ford Escape)

"Lots of tire noise. Ride is ok, a little on the firm side compared to CR-V. Seats are comfy but stain easily (with just water!), that is definitely the biggest knock against this car. HVAC works very well and cools/heats the cabin quickly."

BRENT L., BC (2008 Ford Escape)

"Driver seat power adjustment is difficult, to little space between the seat and door. Road noise is a bit loud. Comment control is good. Handling is good."

Anonymous, WI (2008 Ford Escape)

"relatively noisy cabin and it picks up a lot of road noise. It also has an annoying whistle or whine in the hybrid system."

JAMES H., CA (2008 Ford Escape)

"Cabin very noisy"

JAN B., WI (2008 Ford Escape)

"Seats uncomfortable"

VINCENT L., NE (2008 Ford Escape)

"Seat comfort leaves much to be desired."

Anonymous, AR (2008 Ford Escape)

"Uncomfortable driving position (too little distance between steering wheel and pedals, and awkward slant to acceleration pedal)."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford Escape)

"Seats are not fully electric - seems chincy. Road noise is main disappointment - since like it for long road trips. Heater damper control has failed twice - an unlivable failure."

ARTHUR F., WA (2008 Ford Escape)

"Leather seats are hard."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford Escape)

"would preferred more comfy seats, feel fatigue mostly from seat"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford Escape)


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

What Owners Say

"has stood up well for nearly 300,000 kilometres with few repairs - original purchase price was relatively low"

JAMES P., ON (2008 Ford Escape)

"I needed a car because I totaled my previous one in the snow. Being a single woman, I feel that I paid too much and now owe more than the car is worth. Was I taken advantage of or was I just in a hurry and ill-informed... I don't know."

Anonymous, WI (2008 Ford Escape)

"hybrid works great and saves gas and was the only mid-size SUV Hybrid. why oh why did they stop making the Escape Hybrid?"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford Escape)

"Each time I go in for basic service seems I need major routine work done. I.e. Need transmission flushed, cooling system needs flushing. On and on"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Ford Escape)

"I bought this from a friend in the used car biz, so I got an excellent deal."

RON T., ON (2008 Ford Escape)

"I haven't had to spend a dime on maintenance yet!"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Ford Escape)

"After 8 years the car (a Limited, with chrome wheels and accents, and leather seating,etc.) still stands in place next to newer cars. The V-6 engine gives plenty of pep with 19 avg. MPG."

RICHARD D., FL (2008 Ford Escape)

"This vehicle has style comparable to the current models. Radio has excellent fidelity front and rear. Handles CD's well. Exterior paint has proven to be very durable. AC is excellent for AZ desert climate even when temps exceed 105 Very comfortable seating and adjustment range. No problems with power seats. Good load capacity when rear seats are folded down."

JAMES J., IL (2008 Ford Escape)

"Don't feel the value for the hybrid was worth it, considering Gas prices dropping and expense of repairing hybrid components"

GEORGE H., NJ (2008 Ford Escape)

"Great gas Mileage in town"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Ford Escape)

"Dealer sold me a "Ford certified used car" which had been in a serious accident and had a lot of damage not visible to the eye. I paid top dollar thinking I was getting a like-new vehicle"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford Escape)

"Solid and reliable. Does the job with no drama. Easy to park, reasonable mileage for its class."

STACY T., CA (2008 Ford Escape)

"I have 228,000 miles on this vehicle now... It has been amazing! It just more than survived a very serious rear end crash that "Totalled" the other vehicle, and I drove away. I'm looking to buy another one!!!!"

MICHAEL G., MA (2008 Ford Escape)

"good mileage"

THOMAS L., WA (2008 Ford Escape)

"This model lacked simple things, such as the ability to play music from your phone, which most autos do automatically now. This model requires that you use and SD card. How outdated is that!"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Ford Escape)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"The paint is peeling on the Window posts. This was a Ford factory issue that they refused to address."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Ford Escape)

"I like the boxy look."

Anonymous, HI (2008 Ford Escape)

"Like the style"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Ford Escape)


RAOUL D., AB (2008 Ford Escape)

"good utility section"

THOMAS L., WA (2008 Ford Escape)

"trunk area not as large as my forrester. I do not like how the back seats are folded to get more room from back I like how the driver's seat adjusts for shorter people and seats are comfortable."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford Escape)

"The padding in the doors that the windows rest on is just a piece of felt. When small peddles get caught next to the windcow and the window is rolled down the pebbles scratch the window-the service person at the dealership said that that was normal and that I should expect to have to pick the little rocks out of there to avoid the problem. Also the oil gasket started leaking and required about $1,500 to get it fixed."

SHERRY W., NM (2008 Ford Escape)

"Looks like I think a small SUV should."

Anonymous, CT (2008 Ford Escape)

"I preferred the styling of the pre-2008 models over both major updates since"

THOMAS F., OH (2008 Ford Escape)

"Looks great outside. Inside uses lots of plastic, but looks fine."

BRANDON B., WA (2008 Ford Escape)

"the styling is pleasant but the material is is made of feels unsafe"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Ford Escape)

"The older style is awesome. I love the look of the vehicle. Solid. The newer style sucks"

WILLIAM S., WA (2008 Ford Escape)

"Although I don't find it objectionable, the styling is fairly bland. The newer models of the Fusion are so much nicer looking."

RICHARD K., CA (2008 Ford Escape)

"The styling of this model allows for spacious cargo area, especially with the back seats down, its totally flat and roomy. Even roomy for back seat passengers legroom."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Ford Escape)

"The back seats fold down completely. Lifting the bottom seat before laying down the seat back makes all the difference. And it's perfect for getting dogs in and out of the car."

CYNTHIA B., MD (2008 Ford Escape)

"The only bad thing is the black back bumper has faded. I try to blacken it with a after market product as often as possible but I have to keep on top of it."

Anonymous, OK (2008 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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