Little had changed with the Ford Escape since 2001. The four-cylinder and V6 engines are noisy. All three versions we tested had an unsettled ride and notable noise. Interior fit and finish is improved but remains lackluster. Virtues include interior spaciousness, easy access, and good visibility. Improved braking performance helps as well.
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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

"Refer to previous comments"

ARDEN F., SK (2009 Ford Escape)

"handles ok"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Ford Escape)

"While not the most refined engine, the Duratec V6 with 240 hp has plenty of acceleration for merging, passing, and hill climbing. Although an SUV, it handles quite well. The Control-trac 4WD is comforting in the snow and rain."

MICHAEL G., NJ (2009 Ford Escape)

"Blue tooth stopped, drives too much like a small, loaded truck. Poor gas mileage, no acceleration and too much wind noise and squeaks."

WM L., CA (2009 Ford Escape)

"Transmission seems to shift roughly and seems to slip out of gear and back in but Ford has not been able to diagnose a problem with the transmission."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Ford Escape)

"Great acceleration due to hybrid drive system."

MARK H., IL (2009 Ford Escape)

"Fits my driving style. Currently have 70k miles on original tires with half of tread depth left for more driving."

Anonymous, NV (2009 Ford Escape)

"Gas mileage and response to acceleration"

JIM H., SC (2009 Ford Escape)

"Transmission is not smooth when switching gears."

MARK K., MN (2009 Ford Escape)

"It handles comfortably and well in dry weather conditions where mpg by reach 37-39. On wet pavement, the overall gas mileage goes down. I don't know if it is the size of engine or weight of the battery, but it has trouble going up hill in snow or ice."

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Ford Escape)

"Very easy to handle and maneuver in tight spaces"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Ford Escape)

"The Escape is a little top heavy, which affects how secure you feel when you are cornering."

SUSAN S., CA (2009 Ford Escape)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Seats not adjustable for short-statured person, have to use cushion to feel comfortable. Also, tall husband had problem with his knee banging into the underside of the steering wheel apparatus for first couple of years until he learned to be careful."

Anonymous, OR (2009 Ford Escape)

"Noisy engine, stiff ride."

Anonymous, PA (2009 Ford Escape)

"Horrible ride. Feels all the bumps. Told dealership about it when originally purchased...... They did nothing. Horrible rode noise also."

MARK C., IL (2009 Ford Escape)

"I am a large woman and this vehicle fits me perfectly. I have driven a lot of long trips and it provides support and comfort."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Ford Escape)

"High road noise level."

BRIAN A., MN (2009 Ford Escape)

"Seating is fine for short trips but for longer trips they become uncomfortable."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Ford Escape)

"It's a reliable, comfortable vehicle with enough performance considering that it's a 4 cylinder hybrid. However, there exists this unexplained noise, sounding like gerbils periodically from the dash"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Ford Escape)

"Noisy (wind, road & mechanical). Harsh, choppy, hard ride. Seats are hard and uncomfortable, especially for a long ride."

GEORGE V., MI (2009 Ford Escape)

"cabin noise is somewhat high"

BRUCE R., GA (2009 Ford Escape)

"I love the seamless power delivery through the CVT, especially over hills. The drivetrain, steering and brakes are very crisp and provide great driving confidence. The seats are a bit firm and there could be more padding for the elbow rests."

ARDEN F., SK (2009 Ford Escape)

"Ever since I got the vehicle there's been a humming noise,which I initially thought was either the brakes or wheel bearings. I had it checked out & findings were inconclusive. Someone said it was just tire noise. Eventually, a repair shop discovered the brake calipers were warped."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Ford Escape)

"Road noise is higher than I would like."

DANA H., WA (2009 Ford Escape)

"great comfortable seats, ride and noise as expected in SUV - a bit bumpy."

WILLIAM C., BC (2009 Ford Escape)

"The seats are very comfortable. I wish it was quieter."

Anonymous, OH (2009 Ford Escape)


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

What Owners Say

"I think I over paid for it but that was the time the government offered the cash incentive for people to buy a new vehicle and because of that the cars were selling quickly so there was not much to chose from. The dealership sort had us over a barrel."

Anonymous, OH (2009 Ford Escape)

"135 k so far and just recently replaced the air compressor for AC Not many big costly issues"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Ford Escape)

"The Ford Escape lacks any enjoyment for the driver or his/her passengers, with a stiff and bumpy ride. With four doors, this SUV is still difficult to get into or out of, especially from the backseat. You can expect to be unimpressed with no frills inside or out and rather sluggish handling. This model simply does not meet Ford's normally high standards."

ERIC H., MA (2009 Ford Escape)

"I have 117,000 miles on the car, and it shows no signs of slowing down. I definitely received my money's worth from this car. If I recall correctly, I paid ~$21,000 brand new."

MICHAEL G., NJ (2009 Ford Escape)

"This vehicle (hybrid Escape) cost us about $35,000 in 2009. Compared to the 2015 Subaru Forester which cost about $26,000 last year, they both get similar mileage and Subaru is a better (yes, newer) ride."

Anonymous, OR (2009 Ford Escape)

"Excellent as a small SUV; usable roof rack, flat floor when rear seats are folded, large, boxy interior, good trailer towing. Great mileage (27 mpg overall, as high as 31 mpg on highway when lightly loaded.)"

GEORGE V., MI (2009 Ford Escape)

"Good value for the options that were included in the package."

Anonymous, ON (2009 Ford Escape)

"Bought used a little over a year ago. For the price I paid seems to have been a good value. Little problems are: Faulty TPMS sensor and Tailgate door latch (electric) failure."

JEFFERSON B., MI (2009 Ford Escape)

"This vehicle has been a disappointment. It leaks fluids and has had more repairs than not. Every year I need to have something repaired on it for leaks underneath."

SHELLY B., MN (2009 Ford Escape)

"There is nothing spectacular about the Escape. It is a practical vehicle that does everything reasonably well."

GERALD R., ON (2009 Ford Escape)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"I prefer this older design and size over the new ones. Ford has made the new ones smaller and less utilitarian. I will not buy a new one."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Ford Escape)

"I I thought about buying a new escape last summer but don't like the new body style."

BEVERLY A., MI (2009 Ford Escape)

"boxy looking but wife likes the look."

WILLIAM C., BC (2009 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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