Rejuvenated, this version of the Ford Escape came to market solid, sophisticated, and athletic. Genuinely qulifying as fun-to-drive, this one delivers agile handling, along with an impressively supple and composed ride. The cabin is quiet and feels substantial. Further, a long list of desirable and high-tech options can make the Escape feel like a luxury-branded small SUV. Three different engines were offered.
Alerts
There are 16 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2005. Side and head protection air bags available, standard from 2008. ESC available from 2008, standard from 2009.
Road Test

Rejuvenated, this version of the Ford Escape came to market solid, sophisticated, and athletic. Genuinely qulifying as fun-to-drive, this one delivers agile handling, along with an impressively supple and composed ride. The cabin is quiet and feels substantial. Further, a long list of desirable and high-tech options can make the Escape feel like a luxury-branded small SUV.

Three different engines were offered. The base was a 2.5-liter four-cylinder. However, most Escapes of this vintage will have one of the two EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinders; either the 173-hp, 1.6-liter; or the 231-hp, 2.0-liter. Both deliver responsive performance and the same 22 mpg overall. All things being equal, we'd opt for the larger engine's added oomph and refinement.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.6-liter 4 turbo (173 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (231 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (169 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Ford Escape owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Quit working"

Steven S., IL (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"We had a problem with our back-up camera. For a while, it worked on ly intermittently - then it went out completely. We had to pay $800 for a new camera unit. We do not use this vehicle for off-road or bumpy driving - other that should have effected the quality and reliability of the camera."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Escape 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Camera and cross traffic sensors are very sensitive. System called for service last week. Service light went out before my service appointment so dealership agreed that appointment should be postponed until next problem"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Ford Escape Titanium)

"The camera doesn't reliably connect with the MyFord touchscreen. It's hit or miss and at times the picture flashes and goes in and out. Dealership has been unable to correct problem"

Michael S., SC (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Easily triggered. Go off when pulling though drive through windows to point I have to put in neutral or park. Get "Stuck" sounding with snow ice dirt while car moving"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Escape Titanium)

"The safety sensor system module - blind spot indicator & cross traffic had to be replaced. Cost $1200. Only covered because I had purchased extended warranty"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Parking sensors will activate without any objects in field. They are set off by rain, ice, and snow. The system has been reset several times"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The BLIS system signals the presence of other non existing vehicles in extremely cold weather"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"warning light did not come on for low pressure in a tire until it was almost flat"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"distorted picture. Ford fixed under warranty"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Back up camera lost guidelines"

Bruce C., ON (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The camera would just stop working while backing up, for no reason at all. This happens intermittently and still happens today"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
CD player

"During a trip mid-summer when temperatures was around 100 degrees, CD player stopped functioning and CD could not be removed"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Cuts out unexpectedly. Playing a CD and then goes silent. Shutting it off and starting it up sometimes do nothing. Took it in to Ford and they found no wiring issues. (figures). Happens rarely but it DOES happen!"

Tori P., MN (2013 Ford Escape S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen difficult to see

"no visibility in dark/has to replace entire display unit which Ford called 'the motherboard'"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen freezes up

"after a blue tooth phone conversation -- at hang up the screen would freeze for extended periods of time. Dealership had to update the programming of software to fix"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"navigation locks up at times, and stops reading out the vehicles progress"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Display freezes up. Very difficult to input GPS map directions"

Bill C., BC (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"stupid computer, could not change stations, and would freeze, they updated to 2014 radio, no problems since"

Carol M., NY (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"System is unresponsive for about 1 minute at times"

Anonymous, BC (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"Frequent messages about alleged software update cause temporary loss of audio and climate controls."

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We took the car in for 4 safety recalls, 3 were performed by the dealer we bought the car from and now the screen loses power all the time, goes blank, then goes thru the motion of performing "scheduled performance maintenance" but it continues. It w"

Bryan H., IL (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"display goes blank or freezes"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The SYNC system kept trying to re-boot"

William H., CA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Screen went blank several times, including while driving. Takes a few minutes to reboot"

Anonymous, CT (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Screen sometimes goes blank when car first starts, then runs a system check when screen comes back on"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The car has the GPS, radio, climate control, back up camera, Bluetooth all on one screen center console. This one screen would shut down and not come back on you could not use any of the items associated with the screen. car was down for over 5 weeks"

Kellie C., PA (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"From time to time the screen goes blank. There often is a message saying it is undergoing maintenance."

Bruce L., MI (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"entire Sync system went down with a blank screen, Purchased new in-dash unit, then Ford mechanic found out it was fgulty APIM (computer interface)"

Anonymous, SC (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"instrument cluster led screen went bad and could not read"

R M., IN (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"USB connected to late model Apple iPod Nano. Although sound system turned off at last use of car, it will often come blaring out when the car is started next. In the past, it would not play at all, although that has been repaired by dealer"

Sharon K., MI (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes, the entire entertainment system (radio, CD, MP3, iPhone Bluetooth) just does not work. The only way to fix this is to turn the car off, get out of the car, lock it and walk away. When you come back to the car, hopefully, the system works again. If not, repeat all the steps above until it does work"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Ford Escape S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Slow to initiate. Did map updates but info still missing. A glitch in going from one list to another via voice command."

Terry K., CA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The navigation system often is unable to determine the vehicle's position. It's not a map problem. The nav system simply places the vehicle as much as a mile from its true position. The Ford dealer has not improved the problem."

Terry M., TX (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Again complex and difficult to use..Instructions require too much "interpretation""

Anonymous, MN (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The system at times does not know where my car is. Also wrong direction"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Not intuitive. Takes multiple entries to get the directions I want"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"GPS often does not recognize voice commands. Manual entry of addresses is difficult and does not follow a logical sequence"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"we were traveling to Chicago and were in a bad part of Gary Indiana and our system would not work...we had to call dealer and they did a remote download once we finally made it to Chicago...bad system"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Could not track my location accurately"

Jan-Cheryl B., IL (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"VERY DIFFICULT TO OPERATE AND NO SERVICE SOLUTION AVAILABLE FROM DEALER"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"inaccurate positioning"

Thomas S., WI (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Software froze at 10,000 miles. Took 1 week for dealer to fix and reinstall software. Now, will not keep preferences or previous destinations"

Ronald T., MD (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The navigation system would not accept either touch or voice commands. We had this repaired. Even when the voice system works. It does not work well. It tries to guess to much. It would be much better if you could just say state city street and no"

Anonymous, UT (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car takes a LOOOOOONG time to acquire a satellite. Not uncommon to have to drive 20 min before the GPS witha red X through it disappears. Other times it has refused to accept a stored destination like HOME giving an error message, it's been to dealer"

J C., ON (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"can't find route, does not always take commands"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Lost GPS link to navigation software and display; GPS module replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"very difficult to use and does not navigate well when it is finally programmed"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Failed multiple times with non-sensical location, finally replaced interface module after multiple repair visits"

Bishop K., VA (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The GPS would not sync with the actual road"

William H., CA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Charts the car route over lakes ponds and sometimes streams"

Anonymous, ME (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Inaccuracy of the mapping system in Canadian cities"

Anonymous, MB (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"On several occasions, the navigation system crashed (stopped working). Very disconcerting while driving in dense traffic in Washington DC"

Anonymous, CT (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had some warranty work done in other areas of car. Since then, we have no navigation, all sound actually disappeared one day for hours - then returned. Once recently, without any touching or prompting, the monthly calendar popped up on screen"

Paul S., OH (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Consistently south of my actual location by about 50M"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Nav system sometimes takes as long as 20-30 minutes to acquire a satellite signal. It is useless until it does"

Sharon K., MI (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The GPS often deviates from its true position. Therefore, it often cannot give navigation instructors. For example, it may spend all its effort to get me from a side street onto the interstate when it already is on the interstate. My dealer has a technician that calibrates the system, which does no good."

Terry M., TX (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"inaccurate, if this GPS would have been on my boat I would have run aground frequently."

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"GPS exhibited slow, none, faulty operation with most recent map (SD Card) installed, but not with older version. Became unusable, but only after it was driven for more than the usual dealer test drive. Great dealer experience in that they took my word for failures, but tried several fixes including part replacements that didn't work. Finally fixed by replacing GPS module. No problem since. Took several visits over two months, but was given loaner car each time."

Alfred P., WV (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The quality of the mocrophone while using Hands Free is horrible. The remote party cannot clearly hear anything I say while on hands free."

Edward A., MA (2013 Ford Escape)

"Phone will not connect, unless battery is removed from the cell phone for at least 30 seconds"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"On a few occasions, my phone would not sync for operation"

Tonja N., MI (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Phone pairing "fix" was installed. But still needs to be rebooted"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Bluetooth does not like the pitch of my voice and therefore it might as well not be there, it's more trouble than it's worth"

Carol H., KS (2013 Ford Escape S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It just seems to work when it wants to work. We have asked and/or updated the system twice and it continues to be intermittent. Very unsafe"

Stephen H., TX (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sometimes it took awhile to connect or didn't connect. Difficult for the person I called to hear or understand me - voice sounded garbled and like the connection was breaking up"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Ford Escape SE)

"Cannot get it to accept my sim number - wants to connect to 911. Not sure if phone problem or sync from transferring phone number over to new phone"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sometimes works , sometimes not. Intermittent. Couldn't pair my new phone fir weeks, until finally was able to delete my first phone"

Toby K., MN (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Phone does not always sync"

Anonymous, RI (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"After several Ford upgrades the need to reset all phone functions address book - redial feature - etc"

Anonymous, ME (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have reset it often"

Peter M., OH (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"only problem that I have had is my cell phone does not always work, solution was to have dealer update the system"

Anonymous, UT (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Until the car was recalled in 2014, it kicked off the Bluetooth pairing often. When it did it was VERY difficult to get it back synced, phone with car. After the recall I have had no trouble"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"drops phone and have to reconnect periodically"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Very difficult to set up a cell phone with the bluetooth. A PIN is flashed on the screen and you are required to write it down in case you change to a new cell phone. I was not able to write down the PIN number and cannot use my new cell phone with"

Troy P., GA (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Incoming calls can not be heard by caller"

Anonymous, DE (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"The radio works intermittently."

Jefferson K., CA (2013 Ford Escape 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Again, it works when it wants. I love the technology, but it should have all the bugs worked out before releasing it in the vehicle"

Stephen H., TX (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The radio would turn on, but wouldn't receive a connection and wouldn't play (Sirius radio)"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Ford Escape SE)

"Occasionally the radio will just stop working.....but will come back on after 3-6 engine shutdowns/restarts"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Frequently when I turn off the engine, the radio does not turn off. I have returned to the car several minutes (10-15) later to find the radio still on. Although it doesn't happen every time, I've now begun turning off the radio before the engine"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Radio sound does not always work. Radio occasionally turns off"

Anonymous, RI (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Radio cuts out unexpectedly. So does the CD player. Even with shutting it off and starting it up again, sometimes does not solve the problem. Ford found no issues(figures). Happens rarely, but shouldn't happen at all as far as I am concerned"

Tori P., MN (2013 Ford Escape S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"it will not work"

Peter M., OH (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Would just not turn on"

Philip F., SC (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Radio will blank out at times, with just the time showing. Radio/CD/Aux won't work for a random period. Normally it will come back on after a short drive and the car is restarted. Ford replaced radio, but it has continued to happen randomly, not enough to be a serious issue though (for some reason it happens more on Sunday AM, so I miss the church music. I can live with that...lol)"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Ford Escape S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Second time in one year the satellite/am/fm tuner died. Was a warped wire. $300 repair"

Joseph D., GA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Difficult to change stations,especially AM-FM. Can be 2-3 step process. Long reach makes it dangerous hole driving"

Melvin D., WI (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"This navigation system is useless. I have gone to using my phone for this service. It also malfunctions when accepting voice commands for the communication module (making phone calls)"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Escape 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"system does not always work...i have to repeat myself and even then I will get a list of names to choose from...they don't even rhyme. since most of my calls are to same people one would figure it would realize a short list"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"When you ask it a command it goes to something else 75% of the time. You ask to call someone and it changes radio station. Climate Settings and it calls someone. I was told the cabin noise was too loud. They have replaced components twice and it is"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"VERY LOUD CLEAR VOICE REQUIRED AND NO MANUAL DATA ENTRY ALTERNATIVE AVAILABLE THAT IS USER FRIENDLY"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Numerous times the voice command operation did not recognize the voice commands asked of it. Brought into dealer for repair several times, never fixed to my satisfaction"

Tonja N., MI (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"computer doesn't always understand my voice , thus giving different location or number that I have voiced"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"voice commands not always understood especially using GPS"

J S., ON (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Very difficult to understand, continually repeating meaningless questions"

Toby K., MN (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"would not understand commands. have to repeat several times"

Brian M., NY (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Almost impossible to get commands to be understood"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Voice recognition on SYNC only works on about 10% of the contacts from my phone"

Jacquelyn M., IL (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"blue tooth calling out...phone will ring once and disconnect. Navigation commands don't always find destination"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sometimes the voice command button is just completely dead and won't work (along with none of the other options). I can only listen to the radio. Then you restart the vehicle again and it works fine"

Gary H., NE (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Interior failure causing failure of components downstream"

David L., NH (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"Small portion of heat shield fell off."

Terry K., CA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Plastic inserts that hold shield in place will not hold pins that secure shield to body"

John R., MI (2013 Ford Escape S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I noticed something hanging down near wear the catalectic converter is located. Took it to Muffler Man. He put it on a lift and showed me numerous places where to fasteners came loose. He refastened himself for no charge"

Philip M., NY (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Other/unsure

"sensors would go off in winter for reasons unknown"

Anonymous, AB (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The passenger airbag warning saying it is off light is illumianted and won't go off."

Mary S., (2013 Ford Escape 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"trying to switch the stations the screen would freeze momentarily"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sometimes GPS "locks up" and refuses to recognize a legitimate address. ie If I want Southbridge St., it decides that I wanted South St and it is very difficult to change it. Sometimes I have to go to my phone to get to an address because I can't g"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Ford Escape Titanium)

"MFT is a kluge. Voice recognition doesn't work half the time (doesn't recognize the words). Several times the radio comes on but there is no sound. I have to turn off the engine (ie, recycle the computer) to reset it. Last week the radio would not tu"

Michael M., OH (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"very difficult to manage..too complex. Instructions too complex and assumes I have used this before"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Bizarre behavior, radio controls stop working until you leave the car sit for a few hours. The dealer updated the software, still happens just not as often"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"blue screens, freezes up, stops working, happened 10 times in the last 28 months"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford Escape 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"What a piece of JUNK !"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Hear an electronic pop; screen goes blank. Sometimes warnings, then recovers"

Marvin T., WA (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Has had to be reprogrammed at least 3 times this year. Also have had issues with trunk release and had to be reprogrammed"

Barbara B., MI (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The screen is poorly visible/obscured with finter prints despite appropriate cleaning. The weather maps are very poorly designed. Can't get detailed enough for bad weather & bad weather prevents reception which is when you need it"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Escape Titanium)

"Very flaky. System voice volume has a mind of its own. Won't stay at the same volume"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"System sometimes jumps to SYNC screen spontaneously"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Recalls here also"

Kenneth B., WI (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This has to be the worst thing on the vehicle. It is paired with an Iphone 4 but will not work via voice activation, doesn't understand your voice no matter if you talk directly into the microphone or not. Took back to the dealer for a software upgra"

Bryan H., IL (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"after receiving phone call, cannot hang up from the call when finished conversation"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Too much confusion with the controls. When test driving SYNC operation to only be available after purchase. After purchase you're mostly on-your-own. During the first year of ownership PAIRING of my phone WAS A BIG PROBLEM. FORD extended my guarante"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to go in more than once to get an update to system. Did not work as advertised, doing better now"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Very difficult to use Ford sync voice command"

Ronald T., MD (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Entire system went out had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to be reset, reviews cited some issues with that set of electronics. Quickly fixed however"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"When it is working it's fine but takes too long to begin giving directions -often 20 min or more. Never less than 10 min"

J C., ON (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"terrible system, know that it was overhauled in 2014"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Volume control knob occasionally freezes up and will not work until I turn of and restart the car"

Howard S., NM (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Ongoing reliability issues"

Don D., OH (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Multiple Ford recall notices"

Tom G., CO (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"after having a Garmin GPS on my express cruiser for over 20 years, this system is not user friendly or accurate. Many Sirius items in the '13 Escape brochure are not available in CA. SYNC is terribly complicated even the new A5 release is no be"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"System is difficult to navigate & virtually impossible to get robot to understand voice commands"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Just had to be reset, Ford directed us through it"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My Sync system keeps staying on long after the engine is shut off"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Escape S)

"Random screen freezes or blanks. Sometimes I lose control of the radio for no particular reason. Re-boot sometimes helps"

Anonymous, NS (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Does or recognize voice commands"

Jacquelyn M., IL (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The sync system, radio and phone system seem to jump back and forth, unreliable computer system that made use difficult"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Screen displayed incorrect time and locked up"

Louis B., ME (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"SYNC is constantly rebooting itself....sometimes 5 to 10 times in less than 60 minutes. Some days it doesn't reboot at all. But SYNC is a constant annoyance. Also, when I have my IPhone plugged in to charge, it automatically starts playing songs f"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Ford Escape 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Problems with downloading contacts from phone to car. Software update eventually fixed the issue"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Bluetooth and navigation"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"No longer gives verbal directions"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"unreliable and inconsistent operation of all functions"

Anonymous, AB (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Software is not use friendly. Voice recognition software works part of the time and part of the time cannot recognize commands"

Troy P., GA (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very complicated. Poor instruction manual"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford Escape 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Frequently the SYNC system will not recognize the iPod saying "no USB device found". Then I unplug it and it says "USB device removed." Really? Sometimes the voice activated system just doesn't work. Nothing happens"

Gary H., NE (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"We had frequent pairing problems with both cell phones. Eventually the entire system froze and had to be re-programmed which took two days"

Neal D., WA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recurring, unresolved problems with SYNC include periodic lack of verbal cues for GPS, more recent phone pairing issues, and occasionally no sound for radio"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The car has the GPS, radio, climate control, back up camera, Bluetooth all on one screen center console. This one screen would shut down and not come back on you could not use any of the items associated with the screen. car was down for over 5 weeks"

Kellie C., PA (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Major software issues with SYNC and My Ford Touch causing stalling and malfunction of all electronic systems. After complaints and weeks at dealer for repairs Ford gave extended warranties on electronic systems"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Coolant was leaking from a hose behind the engine and in front of the firewall. Repair shop took two hours to replace hose, clamp and connector."

Anonymous, CO (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Recall for cooling system - was not maintaining appropriate level of coolant."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"coolant level kept going down and we would refill it. We took it into the shop and had some obscure valve replaced an expensive operation."

Anonymous, MA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"loose cap by dealer caused loss"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"this problem was tied to the coolant pump problem and was fixed in that repair"

Bruce R., MB (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Fluid loss of 2 inches every1500 miles. Had it in to the dealership over approximately 12 months off and on. They replaced the water pumped, ending continued to leak. Finally checked the head/head gasket, and replaced the turbo. (turbo leak ?)"

Russell M., MI (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"For about 3 years, the low antifreeze light will come on and off. If I check, the antifreeze is low. The dealership can't find any leaks, but I have to add antifreeze about every 4 months. In previous years, I've had troubles with the engine and hoses, and had to pay a lot for repairs when I had relatively low mileage."

Jeanne M., OK (2013 Ford Escape)

"This vehicle has had at least 11 recalls associated with it. One recall is for the coolant leak encountered. This issue has been fixed for the third time now. Unfortunately this last time the dealer and Ford blamed it on bad hoses and refused to fix an obvious faulty system under the extended warranty."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There was a gasket leak where the turbocharge mounts to the engine block"

Timothy G., IL (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Water pump failed at ten thousand miles. Again, dealership denies problems. This also was part of the class action law suit"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Escape S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Overheating

"Have taken the car into Ford dealerships to fix overheating problem while under warranty and extended warranty on four different times. One time had to have it towed when the care went into a fail safe mode after overheating. Ford has never been able to fix problem. I have told them specifically the conditions under which it over heats. They claim their tech must replicate the over heating condition but refused to put it under the conditions under which it overheats (it was too far to take the vehicle for a longer up hill drive). Was going to have a Ford Company tech come out and look at it. That was two years ago and have never heard anything. Now considering having it declared a lemon under Calif. Lemon Law."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Coolant leaks have caused the car to shut down and not travel faster than 20 mph at least twice in the time we've owned the car. It was a known issue that had a recall on it. This has happened on roads with posted speed limits of 60 mph and has caused a major safety concern. Ford has not been a good partner, with the second instance claiming to be a hose issue, most likely due to the tech not fixing the recall correctly. This vehicle has had at least 5 recalls on it. Will not buy one again."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The water pump went out gradually and the block with head was replaced"

Anonymous, IN (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Two recalls related to overheating"

Kenneth B., WI (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"OVERHEATED AND IF I DIDNT NOTICE THAT FAST I WOULD HAVE WREAKED ENGINE"

J B., FL (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There were numerous recalls on the 1.6L engine. This car had them all"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Overheats on highway when traveling 65mps on an incline"

John R., NY (2013 Ford Escape SEL)

"We had a 1.6 engine-the pressure relief valve failed and the engine oil rose, spread over the engine, caught fire and totally burned the car up. Total Loss, after three recalls for engine fire!!!!"

Stewart H., VA (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"engine recall for engine over heat, possible fire hazard"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Overheated at the same spot when climbing a hill three times at the same gas station three time after fill up. Ford could replicate the problem driving in on flat land and there fore refused to fix the vehicle when it was still under warranty. Over headed on other occasions as well."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The car has overheated on a few occasions. The computer will slow and shut the car down as a safety precaution. The dealership said it was the water pump and replaced it under the warranty the first time. It happened again when out of warranty and they wanted me to pay for the repair. I look at myself and there was no indication that the water pump was bad, so I did not replace it. I believe the issue is the computer in the car restricting or stopping coolant flow."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine overheated for the third time; twice after the recall fix was put on. Virtually every component of the cooling system (other than engine block) has been replaced and engine still overheats"

Kevin K., CA (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car was "fixed" via a recall. 2 years later having overheating issues but the car was NOT overheating. Dealership couldn't identify or fix the problem. Car is sitting at another repair shop at the moment unable to be driven since the computer is shutting it down to avoid damage to the engine from the phantom overheating problem"

Michelle F., MI (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radiator

"replaced due to leak"

Anonymous, KY (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Thermostat

"It wasn't the thermostat but the coolant bypass valve had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Water pump

"Had to take the car in 4 times to get it fixed correctly"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Ford Escape S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Noticed coolant leak. Repaired by dealership under warranty. Rental car replacement provided"

W L., NM (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"water pump and gasket was replaced under warranty"

Chris J., VA (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I had to have it replaced"

Jeanne M., OK (2013 Ford Escape SEL)

"found leak during years inspection"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"have had to replace the water pump, the cooling module. Took 7 days to get the parts and the tools to fix them on 2 occasions"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"received notice from Ford about possible heating problem. checked engine,noticed coolant level down.Took car to dealer,replaced coolant pump and engine dipstick,all under warranty. have had no problems since"

Bruce R., MB (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Leaking fluid"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Water pump was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Just the rusting issue"

Mike A., WI (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The bottom of the rear hatch was rubbing against the bumper cover, causing the paint to be worn off of the bottom of the hatch door and the bumper cover. It required 3 separate trips and several days without the car to resolve the problem"

Stanley D., IL (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Crack in the drivers side door panel, plastic part"

Ruth L., FL (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There was a recall on the door handles where some did not work properly so I took mine in"

Janet L., WA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Recall work for door latch alignment. After the work the car has a louder air noise inside when ddiving over 50 MPH. It is like a whistle but low pitch"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Passenger side window stopped working. The weather was -28 (Northern Alberta) and window would not close. Was not a frozen window issue as the dealer replaced a part"

Ronald O., AB (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Door latches needed to be replaced due to recall"

James M., CT (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Glass defects

"bird droppings landed on my window and stained the window and does not rub off Ford refused to fix the window and said ti was envrionemental"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"If I want cooler air conditioning, I have to turn my nob to warm for a few seconds, then turn it back to cool"

Christina G., ND (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Locks and latches

"Likely an electronic issue; lost control of my passenger side windows and locks. They would not work at all with any switch selection. The vehicle would not lock remotely because that side would not work. Dealer had to reset/reconnect the battery"

Anonymous, NS (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rear lift gate pull down handle is breaking away"

Anonymous, AB (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This escape has had over a dozen recalls, including one for rear seatbelts. The assembly is so fragile, the mechanic broke it 6 times (had to re-order part and come back 6 times to get it fixed). Just a mass of problems and stupid design choices - like putting the battery halfway behind the firewall so only one terminal is accessible."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Latches needed to be replaced to two out of the four doors, and one still is not fixed perfectly. Apparently this is part of the recalls for the Ford Escape 2013."

Luca P., DC (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Ford had a recall on each latches of the four doors."

Anonymous, CT (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Door would not latch properly and open unexpectedly"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Ford door hinge recall/replacement"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Ford Escape 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"latch recall"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"the third of our four recalls on this vehicle in four years. Side latch problems were finally addressed in the last month. The fourth recall on the control module was also fixed in the last month"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Seat belts

"They had to replace rear seatbelts 7 times to get it right. This vehicle is a disaster. It has been recalled more than a dozen times."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"recall"

James M., CT (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Sunroof

"At some point it just stopped working. The motor needed to be replaced. This was one year after I bought the car as certified pre-owned with 13K miles"

Luca P., VA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The pull down handle area of the inner trim came loose. Dealer fixed under warranty"

Don E., TX (2013 Ford Escape S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"tailgate didn't fully latch. Ford was able to electronically adjust it in about 15 minutes. Works fine now"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Hatch didn't close because hatch wasn't aligned with latch"

Darren M., MI (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"failure to close completely"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"motor had to be replaced [under warranty]"

Jack R., MA (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sensor failed and rear hatch would not power close"

James G., ON (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"We have an automatic tailgate. Touch a button and it is suppose to closes and locks into place. The problem is that it does not always lock once the gate is closed. It has been into the service department a number of times to fix this problem and it still does not work properly after all these visits and as recently as 1 months a go. With all the parts and adjustments that have been made it still does not close and lock ever time it is used. It acts up frequently in cold weather. This is a bad design that the service department at the local Ford dealer don't seem to get fixed. This problem has been ongoing for the last 3 years. Getting very tired of this not being fixed permanently."

Anonymous, IA (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The electronic swing gate was not latching. I had to order a new one. We purchased a used car warranty that covered it. Also, there is a cover under the engine department; the screws come loose and the felt/plastic cover has to be screwed back in."

Thad B., MI (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The "hanger" (attachment point on the body of the vehicle that connects to the power lift gate) sheared off for some unknown reason. Then the powerized mechanism that lifts the gate pushed itself up and through the gap between the roof and tailgate. Ultimately it was roughly $2000 worth of damage the the vehicle literally did to itself. Ford ultimately split the cost of the fix with me, but the hoops and headaches I had to go through were embarrassing"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Windows

"Would go up and down slowly or not at all during cold weather. Dealer said it would cost nearly $500 to fix because we're out of warranty. We've had this problem for the life of the car but unfortunately failed to report it during warranty period. T"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"12v power plug worked intermittently. Wiring harness replaced under recall seems to have resolved issue"

Jeff W., MI (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Body control module

"vehicle drains its battery when not being driven, and must be disconnected from the battery to recharge it. Bad design which uses power even when not turned on or driven. What a piece of crap! FORD = FixOrReplaceDaily"

Anonymous, NM (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Clock

"can't change clock"

Gary V., NE (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The clock is 2 minutes slow. It often resets itself to a new time....sometimes more than 4 times a day. It has now settled into being 2 minutes slow. But sometimes it is hours off. I would say the Escape has numerous electrical issues, but I don't"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Ford Escape 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Cruise control

"Just stopped working"

Steven R., VA (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cruise control will not engage frequently. Dealer has not been able to rectify"

Stephen B., MI (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Replacing a front turn indicator light required mechanic to remove front bumper and one wheel."

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a wiring issue with the lights on the license plate. The backup camera was installed by the dealer, not the factory, so it is possible that the dealer caused the issue during this installation."

Anonymous, MA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Gauges

"The main cluster on the dash went out. No speedometer, no gauge reading, intermittent failure followed by total failure of the main instrument cluster"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Entire console went dark. Had no radio, no lights on the dash. Nothing"

Charlotte B., NJ (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Entire dashboard stopped working. All gauges, speedometer, fuel gauge, turn signal indicators, radio, clock, heater controls went blank"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"On two occasions (6 mo apart), when I tried to start my car, my gauges would run through all error messages, , ext and interior lights would flicker, etc etc. When this happenened, the car wouldn't start. The first time, a jump start we tried did nothing but a jump by AAA did and the car ran almost problem free (front passenger window still would randomly go up and down). Six months later it happened again. This time the dealer replaced the battery and ran a re-sync routine. We've had no problems since. Dealer claims they've never seen this before."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The instrument cluster went dark. We were 600km away from home. We drove the vehicle home not knowing our speed, fuel, ect. Our warrantee period had ended 2 months prior; yes we're in that conversation now. The cost of parts and labour to repair left us very unhappy and dissatisfied with Ford products."

Anonymous, AB (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The control panel frequently goes blank and announces that it is updating. When I set the clock, it sets itself to another time"

Bruce L., MI (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Display screen failed"

Anonymous, KY (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

"Bought the high end headlights only to learn they were after market not factory. Took 3 full electrical failures to get them going. Now that they are working , it's a dream to drive at night"

Anonymous, AB (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The right side cover is now allowing moisture in. I haven't had any problems yet with electrical associated with this but I'm sure it's coming. I also haven't checked on the cost to repair yet but I suspect, knowing Ford, it won't be reasonable. There are no cracks in the cover. It's not from something hitting the cover. I suspect that the seal has just deteriorated"

Phil M., NC (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Horn

"Had to have it replaced"

Cheryl M., NY (2013 Ford Escape SE)
Interior lights

"I think it was part of the console going dark"

Charlotte B., NJ (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

"Key fob failed"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Quit working and had to be replaced. Couldn't start the car."

Anonymous, CO (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"One day it just quit working numerical lights come on when touched and that's all"

Dennis L., CA (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Warning lights

"Engine trouble/service light comes on and off frequently apparently for no reason."

Anonymous, KY (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"the warning light in thr front sensor had to be replaced twice"

Robert N., VA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Back up & side sensors were not working properly"

Fred F., NY (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine watrer pass vaval had to be replaced. After replacing it the warning light of low cool it came on. I believe the dealership failed to bleed the system when they installed the water by pass valval"

James W., MO (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wiper motor or washer

"the rain sensing wiper blades do not work properly. they don't always sense moister and turn on. had it at the dealershipmultiple times and they still have not been able to fix it properly. if it works it only work temporarily"

Fraser D., AB (2013 Ford Escape Titanium)

"Simply, the wiper motors gave out twice"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Escape 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The under engine cover has to be removed for oil changes. The Oil service company broke off all the bolts causing the cover to fall off. I seen several others hanging off other Escape models"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Door seal, drivers side, developed wholes under 10,000 miles. Ford repaired, said it was common."

Russell M., MI (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Panel under the car came loose and was hanging down. Car could not be driven safely and had to be towed. It just came loose for no reason."

Anonymous, CO (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The plastic guard on the front just in front of the engine became loose and then tore off. I'm not sure it was a necessary piece, at least I couldn't see anything major the plastic would protect. All I can figure is it was to warn drivers they were hitting something, like a concrete parking curb, which makes very distinctive noise"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Ford Escape S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Rubber rear door trim came loose"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"ceiling panel with lights and sliding sun roof controls came loose and had to be replaced under warranty"

J M., WA (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Interior hand hold to close liftgate came loose"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Dash around the entertainment panel continually comes apart. Had entire dash replaced once and then the top panels around the touchscreen replaced again. Since the last replacement, two months ago, the panels have started coming apart again"

Karen T., SK (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Roof headliner came loose"

Anonymous, MB (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"After using the in-door beverage holder in the door panel of the rear driver side door, the panel popped off the frame and caught the inside trim preventing me from opening the door. It only opened about 2 inches"

Patty M., SD (2013 Ford Escape S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The inside pull handle on the rear hatch came loose. Item was a covered item"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The engine cover came off after my first oil change and it was going to cost $250.00 for the cover plus labor. This is a common occurrence, but for a necessary part on a car- it shouldn't just come off"

Christina G., ND (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Falling apart. Thread on seat coming lose on passenger seats and these are rarely usec"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Escape S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"peeling on back hatch door"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ford Escape SEL)

"The paint/finish was coming off the "Ecoboost" insignia on the rear of the vehicle"

Anonymous, IN (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Paint is peeling off in an area about 10 cm X 10 cm on the tailgate door revealing rust beneath"

Anonymous, AB (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Cheap paint"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Escape S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rust

"rust is along the front edge of the hood. There is rust on the inside of the drivers door. I expect that rust is from a repair done at the dealership and it wasn't done properly"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The doors are rusting faster than should my opinion"

Mike A., WI (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"rust on bottom seam of rear passenger door, rust from inside. rust on bottom seam of rear deck door, paint bubble, rust on seam"

Anonymous, AB (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Upon purchasing we noticed an area of paint on the driver's door that had rust underneath. When brought to the dealer's attention they contacted Ford. Ford stated they had already taken care of the problem, as such they refused to address the issue. Clearly the problem had not been taken care of and they refused to acknowledge this issue. Very disappointed with Ford not standing up for this shoddy repair."

Michael D., (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"it developed a rust spot on the lift gate, at a point where meta trim touched the paint"

Richard C., MI (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"staining around chrome on rear hatch, probably due to rusting from underneath. Dealer polished but will not remove and check until it recurrs"

J S., ON (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The rear tailgate/hatch has two rust paint peeling areas"

Paul S., MB (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rust developed on the rear passenger door sill"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We've had areas of rust form around the trim that houses the backup camera. We've twice had rust treated and repainted. Body shop says the trim mounting has design flaw, water penetration."

Anonymous, AB (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rust was do to the back chrome piece over the licence plate. The corner was digging into paint and created a rust spot"

Raymond P., NY (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"rust on driver side door trim"

Kevin V., ON (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rust on the under side of lift gate. Ford would not repair under warranty"

Anonymous, IN (2013 Ford Escape S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Recall"

Billy T., NM (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Recall for possible overheating"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This was a recall item. I received the notice in July of 2014 and have yet to be able to schedule the repair. Over the months of autumn 2014 I tried several times only to be told they would contact ME when they could do the repair"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Recall - potential localized overheating of the engine cylinder head - no actual problem with my car - was repaired and provided rental vehicle for the day"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Head gasket leak"

John Y., CT (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Overheating due to a coolant leak. Leak was into a cylinder. Engine was replaced with a salvaged engine. Cost (less $100 deductible) was covered by extended warranty. Car was out of service for more than a month. Warranty only covered rental car for 7 days at $40/day. Dealer provided a loaner for last two weeks. Now the Escape has 86,000 miles and the engine has only 37,000 miles."

Daniel L., NV (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"the engine started to overheat, the warning lights came on but by the time i turned it off close to my residence. i had to have it towed to the dealer, they explained it was some of my fault and the motor was replaced after taking it to a non dealer"

Anonymous, IN (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine replaced under warranty for problem with number 3 cylinder"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"At approx 25500 miles, I was driving a heard a pop. Then the oil light came on and then there was a rumbling and all lights came on and the car died. Towed to Ford and was told oil cooler burst and the entire engine had to be replaced and the turbo"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"engine pressure relief valve failed. oil rose, since it is lighter than water, spread over the engine, caught fire and totally destroyed the car"

Stewart H., VA (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"before 36000 miles engine over heated, recalled 2 times and then didn't give any heat which led to total replacement of engine which took 3 weeks to do. Nothing but problems with this car"

Anthony H., OH (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Recall for engine issue"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The engine would knock at an idle when first started. I brought the car to the dealer and they discovered a crack in block casting. The engine's short block minus the head was replaced and re-installed. This was completed with the original Ford 36K/3Y warranty."

John W., IL (2013 Ford Escape S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine started to hesitate and slow down . thought it was transmission fluid low. Took to dealership and they are assessing but recommend it will need rebuilt or replacement of engine/ transmission for about $3000"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The turbocharger failed introducing metal particles into the engine oil and ruined the engine requiring a complete new engine"

Anonymous, BC (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Head gasket

"Blowing head gasket on Interstate just before dark. Dangerous situation. fortunate to be close to home. Towing was at hand. friends near by. 5 days to repair."

John B., LA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

"Bearings replaced Turbo under warranty"

Rolland L., CA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"serious oil leak, requiring replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Turbo " blew up " after 1 year"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"the sensor that turned on the turbo during acceleration failed, so I'd step on the gas and the power would falter"

Richard C., MI (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Kept losing power, had back to dealer three times. Finally had to replace the turbo unit, learned it had a serious leak as well"

Anonymous, NB (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"When you accelerate there is a short high pitched short whistle when you accelerate in the first two gears. The dealer checked it and said it was nothing but when they checked it the service record had some adjustment made to it"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Waste gate valve required replacement"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Cracked housing of turbocharger"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I think the turbo or some other engine component quit working. I had a sudden loss of acceleration, my mileage went down, the engine runs rough, and the whole car shakes. All started at the same time. I haven't taken it in because no matter what it is, I can't afford to have it fixed."

Anonymous, WI (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The check engine light came on and indicated the turbo was the culprit. Naturally, it was out of warranty and I had to pick up the costs to get it fixed"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Although this SUV is not driven far the majority of the time, on a return trip from Northern AZ, the turbo over and under boost failed causing the lost of acceleration. Had to slowly drive it the remainder of the trip and get it to Ford Service the following day. Having purchased the extended warranty we were only charged the deductible for a over $700 repair."

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"There was a water leak through the front windshield. Ford repaired it"

Lisa D., QC (2013 Ford Escape 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer resealed around sun roof driver side"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"water pump froze and water eas leaking"

Jeff C., IL (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"We live on a dirt road and the seals around the doors do not seal to the extent that it lets the dust in."

Alvin R., CO (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There was a known issue with the roof rack causing a leak in the roof that created a water stain on the driver's side headliner. The dealer fixed it and cleaned up the stain, but it should never have gotten that far."

John R., VA (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"rear passenger window seal came off 2 times"

Barbara B., MI (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The front windshield seals were defective causing wind noise. Also, the front weather stripping is no longer sealed to the vehicle"

Traci R., MI (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"There was a squeak, that was intermittent. The dealership was unable to hear it or to find it. An independent mechanic was able to fix it. It was something to do with the brakes. I can't remember exactly what now."

Sherry O., GA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It is a wonderful car. There is an annoying, consistent squawk in the area of the right side ceiling grip handle that we cannot seem to stop."

Frank Z., NH (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"front end noise when hitting bumps.replaced stabalyser links a few times"

Anonymous, AB (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Bolts and screws loosened in tailgate"

Louise H., CA (2013 Ford Escape)

"I have experienced continuing vibration noises in the area of the dash board. Two dealer efforts to repair seemed to solve the problem, but then the vibration noises returned. I think the vibration relate to the plastic panels on the dashboard"

William B., NC (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Passenger side dashboard corner rattles. One dealer visit stopped the rattle temporarily, but it returned within a week"

Jeff W., MI (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Drivers side seat suspension squeaked"

Anonymous, IN (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"noticeable scraping noise in the engine/drivetrain"

Anonymous, AL (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Plastic parts in dashboard around display, and in over head console"

David A., NH (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There is a noise in the front.. Sounds like a loose bushing. I have taken it in several times. They say they hear it.. Yet have not fixed it"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"suspension bar was loose"

Russ C., MA (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear suspension groans frequently. We have a second appointment for service/repair this next week"

Neal D., WA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sunroof rattles and has since it was new but is mostly when temperature is in the 50 to 70 degree range"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Front struts causing a crunching noise as described in Ford TSB 13.5.11"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Noise in rear end between 30 and 40 mph. Vechicle is four wheel drive"

Anonymous, DE (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"wind noise at passengers window"

Anonymous, NE (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It is a very noisy car when you are driving"

Cheryl M., NY (2013 Ford Escape SE)

"The OEM seal for the front windshield was defective and I had to have the window resealed under warranty"

Traci R., MI (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"road and wind noise extremely load on hwy"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Escape 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This is possibly the noisiest car I have ever owned (and my first car was a '55 Buick - so I've had a lot of cars) Don't know if it's wind noise or road noise or something else, but its hard to carry on a conversation in the car, and I have to keep the volume on the radio turned way up to hear it."

Anonymous, WI (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"Same as first issue"

Anonymous, WV (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rough shifting

"The transmission has always shifted rough from the time we got it and we were told by the Ford dealership that this was normal for this transmission!!"

Gary R., IL (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"there are at least 6 speeds and dont change smoothly Going from foward to reverse when parallel parking , hesitstes as if manual clutch is in use and the trans computer doesnt always find the right gear to be in"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Occasional transmission shuddering when first moving in both drive & reverse"

Gordon F., ON (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Twice I put the car in Reverse, but it did not move, just revved up so I put the car in park and then tried again and it worked the second time I tried. My transmission oil had to be replaced at 25000 miles because it was pitch black; transmission o"

Janet L., WA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Vehicle would lurch into gear especially when car was first driven for the day"

Thomas R., TX (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The transmission started out by shifting had and just kept getting worse. Then it started missing a gear that really mad it shift hard and jerk. Eventually started missing a couple of gears and decided that it was not safe to drive. FORD would do nothing and even stated that they were not having troubles with their transmission even though FORD Service managers and mechanics stated otherwise!!!!"

Gary R., IL (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The ATF was low from the factory. Dissaapointed in ford service. Should have been checked during service"

Dean C., CA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The vehicle shakes while shifting at low speeds"

Jay B., IN (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We have had a continuous problem with shifting in the vehicle. And, it continues to this day. It's especially noticeable when shifting from reverse to drive. Very often the transmission will shift very hard with a "clunk" sound that can be heard. Another problem is automatic downshifting. The engine lags badly when climbing a hill of any type. The transmission should downshift and doesn't. This causes the engine to lug and I'm sure causes some of the low milage issues. If you push hard o"

Phil M., NC (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Slipping transmission

"one of the bearings went"

David S., NJ (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Valve body and shift solenoid had to be replaced by dealer under warranty"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Was fixed during the transmission rebuild and was due to a defective main shaft"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"We have an appointment to get it checked but when starting up in cooler weather the transmission behaves erratically almost as if it's not engaged and then clunks into gear"

Lee H., ON (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"trouble shifting from 1st to 2nd gears (not a manual transmission), and was covered under warranty."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford Escape)

"When traveling downhill and when applying brakes to maintain speed, the transmission shifts to a higher rpm and will not downshift until the car gets to a more level stretch of road."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The car feels like it's not shifting and then it has no torque or power"

Jay B., IN (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At low RPMs, it jumps like it needs to be in a lower gear...if I accelerate it works fine (It downshifts)"

Anonymous, WV (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It transmission randomly slips"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission computer

"Transmission computer was updated to newer firmware"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Vehicle accelerated uncontrollably on its own under highway driving conditions at speeds of 100 + Kph. Very Frightening!"

Gordon F., ON (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission leaks

"Had the transmission cooler fail and the connection points fail causing leaking"

Jeff R., IL (2013 Ford Escape S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Minor leak, gasget was leaking"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There was a transmission fluid leakage, which was easily repaired by Ford"

Ulrich W., ON (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Leak where the left drive axel comes out of the transmission. This was ultimately covered by a power train warranty, but its apparently a well known issue in this transmission"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rear seal had slow leak. Caused shifting problems and big drop in gas mileage. Would have caught problem sooner, but there is NO WAY for the user to check transmission fluid levels in this model. It is a sealed system"

Timothy G., IL (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"Car would not idle in gear. When Ford finally diagnosed the problem (2 weeks) they pulled the oil pan from the trany and found it full of metal shavings"

John M., WA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car was riding jerky and we had to replace the torque converter very expensive and took almost two weeks because Ford sent the wrong parts"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"There are thousands of these transmissions that have to be replaced between 70,000 and 100,00 miles.This has been verified by Ford Dealerships and transmission repair shops. Jasper Transmissions one of the largest transmission rebuild companies will not rebuild or even have these transmissions for sale because they are so bad. We had to but a transmission from a wrecked Escape that was being salvaged for parts but, the engine and transmission was not hurt and they guaranteed the transmission for 1 year or 15,000 miles. there should have been a recall on these but, Ford doesn't think they have a problem so they can sell you a new transmission for about $3,000 plus instillation. The Ford dealership says they would not rebuild it because it is to complicated and they were afraid that it would not shift properly or last long enough through their warranty. I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER ESCAPE!!!!"

Gary R., IL (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It took over 2 months to get my car back. In recompense, Ford paid two months of my car loan payments and paid for a loaner car for one month. I felt they should have done more"

Charles B., NY (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When shifing into drive for the first time in the morning the transmission would make a clunk sound and the car would lurch forward"

Lawrence D., WI (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Main shaft and front housing was replaced in the transmission rebuild: apparent manufacturing defect and was covered under warranty"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I brought it in once experiencing problems, and they could not find it and I had to pay for the non-repair. Two months later the transmission had to be replaced"

Anonymous, AL (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Transmission began slipping at 60 000 miles. I had it serviced at Ford dealer - 900 miles later it left me stranded and required $1800 of trans work"

Michael H., CT (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Transmission failure and complete rebuild under warranty. Problem began with rough shifting and gear noise"

Thomas R., TX (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"after the engine was replaced the transmission burned up and needed to be rebuilt"

Anthony H., OH (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Took 3 days before dealer was able to even arrive at a trouble cause, an additional 5 days before repairs were completed."

Kevin K., VA (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission had to be replaced. Talked with FORD and they would not incur any expense although mechanics from several different FORD Service Garages stated that they have had a lot of transmission problems in the Escapes. They usually have problems form about 60,000 miles on up. Service managers say that this is a terrible transmission and don't rebuild it because it is so difficult and time consuming that it costs the customer way to much money. Even Jasper Transmissions a well known transmission company will not rebuild one. I ended up buying a transmission from a wrecked Escape and plan on trading it very soon. There should have been a recall for these transmissions but Ford never issued one. This was our second Escape and will be the LAST."

Gary R., IL (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Ford service team unable to diagnose problem while still under warranty. I forced service manager to do a ride with me to see issue. So angry, needed to pay for replacement because Ford refused to see problem when ID earlier and still under warranty."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Transmission suffered a complete failure. Replacement and repair took 3 weeks to complete. One drive axle also failed and required replacement. Vehicle was damaged in the service and the Ford Dealer after 3 months has yet to repair the damage"

Paul S., MB (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Failed, needed a new trans. Covered bu warranty"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Ford Escape Titanium)

"The transmission made a loud 'clunk' often when shifted out of reverse into drive. It took two visits before they determined they needed some new parts and then reinstalled the transmission. I don't recall which parts they replaced, sorry. They kept the car for about one week but offered us a loaner"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Metal particles in transmission oil. Serious enough to warrant replacement"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Transmission had to be completely replaced"

Lipaz B., MD (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission needed to be changed"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"On initial acceleration auto transmission did not engage rd to 4tj"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"light came on"

Thomas S., FL (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"ABS trouble light came on. Difficult to track down the problem as to why."

David A., TN (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Driving through mountainous terrain, the ABS was inconsistent in braking ability"

W S., MI (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Hard braking on snow packed streets. Had to use both feet on brake pedal to get the vehicle to stop, extremely long braking distance. Leaking brake line had to be replaced but there wasn't much improvement. Very unsafe"

Karen T., SK (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Normal routine brake wear

"Front brakes replaced due to wear"

Jim G., MA (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Premature brake wear

"Dealer installed rear linings, rotors, and balance of brakes, saying 25,000 was normal for trear brakes on this car. Based on my driving , this seemed very premature for rar brakes to need replacing."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"ABS started failing after being replaced two years before"

W S., MI (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This was the second time I had to replace the brakes, rotors, and pads in the 30000 miles I have driven this car. Rust has been a part of the problem."

Anonymous, MD (2013 Ford Escape)

"rear brakes needed to be replaced at 32,000 miles"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Brakes squeaked for day one, VERY ANNOYING, was told at the dealer 'quite common; replaced at 61000 km"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Quality of pads"

Anonymous, ME (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After only 45,000 km had to replace both rear brake rotors ans callipers. Was told that it is normal on this vehicle. The front brakes showed normal wear at time of repair. I do not consider myself as a heavy user of brakes and drive quite gently an"

Anonymous, QC (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I've come to understand that the rear disc wear faster than normal on other cars and the Ford setup can only be handled by a dealer with special tools"

Lawrence C., AK (2013 Ford Escape SE)
Regular brake failure

"Just regular brake wear."

Ken G., ON (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

"Prematurely became grooved and unsafe"

Charles P., IL (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaking

"replaced brake parts"

Nicholas P., NY (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When first backing up"

Anonymous, ME (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"bumping noises during braking, maybe suspension noises"

Michael D., PA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"taken care of under warranty"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"engine light keeps coming on"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Recall"

Billy T., NM (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"replacement of coolant bypass solenoid due to malfunctioning"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Multiple fail codes, intermittent missing, sensors replaced, poor fuel economy"

Bishop K., VA (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Warning message on startup - Engine Malfunction - Service immediately. Engine would lose power, miss. Once restarted, it ran OK. Several days later, it happened again. Supposed symptoms of a recall where work was already performed"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine Stall Fixed by a recall"

Dave C., AZ (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"They also had to replace a sensor for the engine. This was when the vehicle was only six months old"

Anonymous, NB (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"engine stalled, would not restart, recall fixed by ford and compensated with $250.00 debit card and extended coverage to 5 years and 75000 miles"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford Escape SEL)

"Continually getting "Engine Fault, Service Now" message. Dealer cannot find cause of problem, resolution - turn off, remove key, exit car, count to 10, re- enter car, fault is cleared"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"When starting the car, I sometimes get a warning light that says Engine Fault Service Now. If I try to drive the car, I can only go a short distance before it starts bucking and shaking. When this happens, the car has to be turned off, then turned back on. The light goes away and the car is fine. I have seen this light multiple times in the past year and the car was in the shop for 2 weeks at one point, but because we don't know the cause, the dealership couldn't make the light come on. They told me I'd have to drive it until it fails because there was no way for them to figure out what was wrong; they checked the electronics and said everything came back as OK. I saw the light again last week. I do not want to be a test subject to find out what happens when the car does fail. I think the dealership should find a way to fix my car or get me one that does not do this - it's still under warranty! From what I've read on the internet, I am not the only one with this problem yet there is no recall. I am very frustrated because overall, I love my car. But this is a huge problem to me."

Anonymous, CT (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The control module recall was the fourth recall on this vehicle in as many years"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine fault light comes on every once in a while"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine knock or ping

"The side of the engine blew out at approx 4500 miles. They replaced the engine and not the transmission and that has caused some issued. It has knocked and pinged on and off every since. When I call for repairs they say they are short staffed and"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Vibration while idling. Lower than advertised milage"

Al N., TX (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

"It was an oil leak, that they were unable to find without keeping my car for couple of weeks. The mechanic at the dealership said that he hadn't ever had one of these leaks before. I am very pleased with my dealership and the mechanics there. They work with me and fix the problems."

Sherry O., GA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"oil leeks and water pump leeks"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"recall"

Patrick F., MD (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Timing chain cover is leaking after the dealer attempted to correct the leak."

John W., IL (2013 Ford Escape S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Significant leak. Took a week to fix the problem so I was without the vehicle. Many other recalls/warranty issues"

Bryon T., UT (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

CV joint

"leaked"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Differential

"transmission shifted roughly and they rebuilt the transmission, at least about half of it."

Chris J., VA (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Driveline vibration

"My wheel bearing went out on my vehicle and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, LA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Excessive noise and vibration with no acceleration. In warranty. Ford replaced the driveline"

Ayan G., SC (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The vehicle has what we're told is "torque converter shudder". This is becoming more pronounced as the vehicle ages. We have found an additive that helps but we feel this is most likely the onset of a more serious problem"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Driveshaft or axle

"It needed to be replaced."

Teresa F., ON (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"was told by my Ford dealer that the driveshaft had to be replaced as it was causing the car to vibrate. was replace but vibration continued. Turn out the problem was a solenoid in the transmissiion"

M B., ON (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"When I took my car in for routine maintenance, we had to replace the front joint - the warranty covered it. I didn't know we had a problem until it was discovered during inspection."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Shifted rough b/w 1st and 2nd. leak from left axle seal. Replace left axle seal bushing and axle due to damage. Refer to TSB16-0043. No cost b/c it was under warranty"

Chris J., VA (2013 Ford Escape S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rear axle assembly making a noise. Dealer diagnosed it and ordered parts. Covered under warranty. Never caused us an issue nor downtime, just noisy"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Electrical failure

"The car stalled out while driving"

Anonymous, IN (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Within five minutes of leaving the dealership the transmission would not shift. Barely made it back"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Electrical failure caused the vehicle to stop while driving, fortunately this happened in low traffic areas and at low speeds. Had we been elsewhere there could have been much more damage and peril. Ford corporate had to be contacted to resolve the problem because the local dealership was stumped"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sync system constantly failing"

Bobby H., TN (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Throttle body had to be replaced but part was backed ordered nationally. I had to wait a couple of weeks for repair. Dealer downplayed the seriousness of this issue. Car could stall while in gear and that did happen to me as I turned a corner. Lucky no one was behind me"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Blower fan resistor failed"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford Escape S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"12 volt accessory outlet in console does not work"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Traction control

"Vehicle shifts out of four wheel drive into rear-two-wheel-drive, automatically and without warning, if one wheel slips - so that just when you need 4WD it turns itself off. Almost killed me. This car is a dangerous piece of crap."

Anonymous, NM (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Bushings

"2 bushings were worn in the front end causing some clunking when going over bumps"

Darrell O., NS (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The bushings were worn out after only 21 months and 20000km. This caused loud noises and screeches. They were replaced under warranty"

Arran M., ON (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Both front bushings worn replaced without charge due to warranty"

Anonymous, IN (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Front edge noisy over bumps. Dealership replaced bushings but problem still exists to a lesser extent"

Anonymous, CT (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Shocks or struts

"A thumping noise in left front end. especially evident when making turns or hitting potholes"

Anonymous, WV (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"there is a clunking sound in the rear of the vehicle. apparently ford has a bulletin out about the shocks making the noise and they have replaced them once but the issue is back and even worse this time"

Fraser D., AB (2013 Ford Escape Titanium)

"Crunch sound when driving over sleeping policemen or road transitions"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The whole that holds the top of the strut onto the frame of the car rusted and broken leaving the strut unfastened"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"car would turn off when turning to the left"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"RACK AND PINIONED FAILED. hAD A COUPLE OF WARNINGS, THEN QUIT"

Anonymous, RI (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Replaced steering gear under warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tie rods

"replace, found during yearly inspection"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wheel bearings

"Right wheel bearing failed and had to be replaced. The seal on the wheel bearing had to be replaced"

Christian M., ON (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"First vehicle I have own that I've had to replace a wheel bearing. Great car to drive, seems vehicle is made with sub-standard components"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Noisy both front wheels"

J S., ON (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Wheeling bearing on both sides went bad, they were replaced wihtout incident and covered by warrenty"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"My understanding (I'm not a mechanic) of what happened. Compressor problems was due to the nut holding the steering wheel. Allowed coolant level to get too low. Compressor worked overtime in desert conditions and froze (literally). Continued on the last 2 hours of the 4 hour trip with windows opened. Once at destination spoke with my mechanic, mopped up water from ice melting and added coolant. No other problems with compressor or A/C."

Daniel L., NV (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Freon leaking out"

Steven S., IL (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"During very hot and humid days, the A/C stops working completely. I took this to a Ford dealer and they wanted $1,200 to fix it. The information sheet they provided me from Ford says that this is a problem that occurs in some early 2013 Ford Escapes - meaning Ford messed something up, fixed it in Escapes produced later that model year, but decided to just let owners who purchased Escapes built earlier in the production year have a system they knew was faulty and have to pay a lot of money to"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Ford Escape S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"It took 5 trips to the dealer to finally get an explanation that didn't really solve the problem now I just consider it part of the system"

Jeff R., IL (2013 Ford Escape S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced 3 motors in ac vent controls and finally the climate control panel on the consul --- car was out of service for about a month!!!"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Blower (fan) motor

"A/C fan blower controller switches on it's own from vent to recirculate and also sometimes quits blowing into the passenger compartment at all. Also the inside recirculate light and function comes on by itself without being touched. It gets hot inside out of the blue. Shop can't find/fix problem"

Anonymous, KY (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The bushing in the blower failed and had to be replaced."

Christian M., ON (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It took about 5 weeks for Ford to find the issue with my blower fan. Turned out to be an incorrectly installed relay. Reflects poorly on QC"

Michael M., OH (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The blower is a mystery, it is never known what is actually going to come on when you turn it on. sometimes the fan will not come on, OR when turning on the heat you get the AC OR when you turn on the AC the heat comes on. Again it is a mystery"

Carol H., KS (2013 Ford Escape S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"After winter, tried AC & got no cooling. Dealer said leak in condenser. I thought it should have been covered by warrantee"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Ford Escape)
Electrical failure

"HVAC system went totally out due to a bad computer module. took nearly a month for dealer to get and replace. Other problems that were not listed in your survey include coolant leaks, and window that would not go up during cold weather"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Fan control switch was faulty"

Russ C., MA (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"A water control valve quit working. The on-board electronic system notified us of the fault. The car was repaired at the dealership. No issues since then."

Bradley D., TN (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"I have to carry antifreeze and a funnel because it just for some unknown reason loses fluid randomly. Dealer said it would take about 900$ to get to it and assess it so I carry the coolent. I put it in every few months but sometimes it will need it 2 times in a week so I have to check it every week"

Sarah M., (2013 Ford Escape)

"leaking antifreeze into engine"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"alternator light would come on intermittently and it took ford several trips to the dealer to find and repair the problem"

Bryon T., UT (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery died, was replaced, no problem"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"BATTERY REPLACED TWICE IN 2 MONTHS BY DEALERSHIP"

J B., FL (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"STUPID design choices are the hallmark of the escape. Battery is turned sideways and tucked halfway into the firewall, so only one terminal is accessible. No way to jump start this car without disassembling engine compartment. What were they drinking?"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Escape SE 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Battery went dead while husband was out of town on business"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Battery cables

"Cable replaced as it was completely corroded to the point of near failure at 3 years."

Rolland L., CA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Battery cable going to starter had insulation failure and was arcing to engine. Caused battery to go dead. Dealer said I was fortunate this did not cause a fire. $450.00 to repair."

Joe S., MI (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine harness

"It was a defective harness that came from the Kentucky vendor. It was replaced as a recall. All is good now"

Dana T., NY (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"recall came after it happened to me"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had numerous engine fault messages which never were recorded by the monitoring systems. I was told to drive into the dealer when problem appeared but the vehicle was not safe to drive when fault happened"

J K., IL (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It was a recall for the engine wiring harness. Bad crimps"

Anonymous, KS (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It was a recall taken care of by the dealer"

Miller W., IL (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Have brought the car in multiple times to be repair and Ford cannot figure out why the car lurches and stalls"

Anonymous, MO (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The car gave a engine failure very soon after I bought it. Thank to the extended warranty I could go back to the body shop several times, each time they would find a different cause of the problem, until they realized they had to replace the entire engine harness wire."

Luca P., DC (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The monitor gave a message of "Engine fault". I had to bring it twice to the Ford Service for them to a) diagnose the problem, b) solve it (they did not understand what was wrong the first time). Estimated cost: $2,500, but I only paid the deductible of my extended warranty"

Luca P., VA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"EVAP control valve went bad. Everytime I filled the gas tank the engine would stumble and stall. Ford would not repair it! This should have been repaired under a recall. this issue is currently under NHTSA investigation. I feel this will end up being a recall!!"

David P., CA (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"under warranty"

Charles G., NE (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The canister purge valve caused a check engine light to appear. The was replaced at a cost to me. Due to the fact that it is part of the Emissions, I thought this should have been covered by the manufacturer's warranty. The car had less than 50,000 miles on at the time of replacement."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"check engine light kept going on. the dealer said you are putting too much gas in your l- overfilling it. cost over $500.00"

David G., BC (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"check engine for an emissions sensor, a 1/2 day job that took 2 to get the part"

D B., KY (2013 Ford Escape SEL)

"failed emission test"

Anonymous, NV (2013 Ford Escape SEL 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Blue smoke and missing. First visit to dealership resulted in a misdiagnosis and replaced spark plug. Second visit they finally found the problem. It is fine since"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel cap

"Fuel smell in the cab we had several things done to it none of which solved the proble. Tank made a lid vibrating noise and check engine light came on so more work to the fuel system.this is a terrible system with no gas cap in it."

Anonymous, CO (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel injection system

"Stuck injector - injector stuck open covered under extended warranty."

Greg M., NH (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump had to be replaced and then the fuel pump sensor had to be replaced. These were two different issues"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"a temperature sensor went bad causing the turbocharger/ecoboost to not function properly!"

Alvin R., CO (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine would stop just after car was started. Most of the time it would start again and resume normal operation, but sometimes it would stop once or twice more after the initial stop and restart."

Elizabeth K., WV (2013 Ford Escape SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had two failures of the sensors listed above since I have owned this vehicle. Both were covered under warranty, even the one that occurred this year. The engine performance was not a problem in either of these failures. The problem was indicated by the amber engine trouble light staying illuminated"

James W., SC (2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Multiple sensors keep giving false information. No code is ever stored in computer even though a code will pop up on the display indication an issue!"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"part of previous problem"

D B., KY (2013 Ford Escape SEL)
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