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Solid, sophisticated, and athletic, the fun-to-drive Ford Escape delivers agile handling and a taut, yet supple ride. Its cabin is one of the quietest in the class. Overall, this small SUV feels more substantial than most of the competition. With its long list of desirable and high-tech options, a well-equipped Escape feels like a competitor to some luxury-branded small SUVs.
Alerts
There is 1 recall 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 (sec.) 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.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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

Solid, sophisticated, and athletic, the fun-to-drive Ford Escape delivers agile handling and a taut, yet supple ride. Its cabin is one of the quietest in the class. Overall, this small SUV feels more substantial than most of the competition. With its long list of desirable and high-tech options, a well-equipped Escape feels like a competitor to some luxury-branded small SUVs. Just keep in mind that it's not the roomiest in the class, and that the refinement comes with a hefty sticker price.

A recent freshening brought easier-to-use controls and enhanced crash protection.

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
  • 1.5-liter 4 turbo (179 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (245 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (168 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Ford Escape owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“Water leak on passenger door due to weather strip”

Wayne B., FL (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Water entering driver side after rain stops, but not when washing car!”

Ken S., CT (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The sunroof leaks when I go through the car wash”

Liz M., IA (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Passenger side rattle discovered to be a part of the shield underneath the car coming loose”

Pg D., ON (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“When it's cold the console in front seems to expand and bend and makes mild squeaky sounds; it's less annoying than the wind noise”

Anonymous, CO (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“right rear deep moan... never the same time even over uneven terrain, just out of no where once a week then never for days”

Ken S., CT (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Dashboard rattles. Thumping when accelerating from a stop”

Anonymous, IL (2017 Ford Escape SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There are plastic panels all on the underside of the car and they are constantly coming loose and rattling against the bottom of the car on the highway. It's maddening!!”

Anonymous, MA (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Interior trim rattle”

Steve S., MI (2017 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Rattle noise comes from the rear, near the cargo area. Had the car to the dealer 2 different times to repair. The dealer cannot fix the rattle. It continues and have given up on the dealer. The dealer says other people with this year model complain about the rattle”

Thomas O., PA (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“At speeds over 50mp/h there is a highly annoying whistling noise on the driver side; do far no remedy was found”

Anonymous, CO (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Wind noise at 20 mph and above. Ford has the same problem with a Lincoln that has the same mirrors. TSB issued on Lincoln but not the Ford”

Wayne B., FL (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Annoying”

Donald B., MI (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Very noisy interior. would not but this vehicle again”

Anonymous, PE (2017 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

“Backup camera doesn't work on occasion. Camera was replaced but still malfunctions occasionally. Appears to be temperature related, it fails more frequently during cold weather”

Anonymous, VA (2017 Ford Escape SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
CD player

“CD would not eject - Ford did not have replacement part is stock for about 2 months”

Anonymous, MI (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

“screen went black 2 times sense August when I bought the auto”

Anonymous, PA (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Just went dark- software was reset”

Anonymous, MT (2017 Ford Escape SE Unsure)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Ford refuses to fix the traffic reporting in the navigation. It will not load. After repeated requests, it has been 12 months with no relief or explanation”

Greg H., TX (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Traffic not working. Just repaired after 12 months of not working”

R F., VA (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

“My Sirius radio reception was poor due to a faulty part”

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Had a plastic protective panel under the car come loose causing it to drag on the ground”

Scott B., IL (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Paint has chipped in multiple areas and paint is missing in several areas from the factory”

Anonymous, GA (2017 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

“Check engine light comes on intermittently. Told it was a bad crankcase sensor”

Anonymous, IN (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Bolt installed was to long vibrated & punctured oil pan”

James S., WY (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 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

Starter

“Informed that there was a loose connection that prevented the car from starting, sporadically, when new (approx. 4800 miles). Once problem was identified, the starter was immediately replaced by the dealer, under warranty”

Anonymous, SC (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Vehicle was defective when it left the factory. Gas leak, vapor canister leak. Hesitation, stalking, burning smell in engine. All these issues occurred as soon as I signed the paperwork and drove the vehicle out of the dealership”

Anonymous, NY (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

“After making selections it will work 2 or 3 times when I start it and then the heated seats and heated steering wheel stop working. It is very irritating to go out expecting them to be warm and they are ice cold”

Liz M., IA (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-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

Body control module

“Escape has spent in excess of 45 days in the shop due to random electrical issues with the computer, steering control, airbags and brakes”

Anonymous, GA (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

“Soot streak on muffler coming from a leak at forward pipe joint”

Anonymous, IN (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Tie rods

“rattle in the front end”

Anonymous, IL (2017 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-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

Squeaking

“Loud squeal when applying brakes when moving at first”

Anonymous, IL (2017 Ford Escape SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

Locks and latches

“Left rear door handle needed ajusted”

Anonymous, PA (2017 Ford Escape SE 1.5-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.

Engine Major

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Cooling

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

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