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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.
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There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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The 2017 Ford Escape has been recalled 1 time by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Potential Trouble Spots
Engine Major
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Engine Cooling
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Drive System
Fuel System
Electric System
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
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Power Equipment
In-car Electronics
Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
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VISIBILITY:POWER WINDOW DEVICES AND CONTROLS
Aug 24 2016
If a window closes on a body part, it can increase the risk of injury.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2017 Ford Escape Titanium and SE vehicles manufactured October 5, 2015, to May 12, 2016. The settings for the closing-force of the power-operated windows may allow the windows to close on an object such as a body part and injure it before the windows auto-reverse. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 118, "Power-Operated Window Systems."
What should you do:
Ford has notified owners, and dealers will update the power window operating system software, free of charge. The recall began on September 6, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 16C12.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V617000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 17985
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