Solid, sophisticated, and athletic, the fun-to-drive Ford Escape delivers agile handling and a taut, yet supple ride. Its cabin is among the quietest in the class. Overall, this small SUV feels more substantial than most of the competition.
Alerts
There are 2 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

Worse Better
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

Solid, sophisticated, and athletic, the fun-to-drive Ford Escape delivers agile handling and a taut, yet supple ride. Its cabin is among the quietest in the class. Overall, this small SUV feels more substantial than most of the competition. Just keep in mind that it's not the roomiest in the class or among the most efficient in terms of fuel economy. 

The sporty character shines within the first few miles, with handling agility that's reminiscent of a well-honed European car. The ride is firm, yet composed. Low noise levels give it an edge over the competition and lend an upscale air. The most popular powertrain, a 1.5-liter turbo and six-speed automatic transmission, makes for pleasant and smooth power delivery. However, taking about 10 seconds to go from 0-60 mph and returning just 23 mpg overall puts the Escape behind its peers. The optional 2.0-liter turbo is more potent. 

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.

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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 2018 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

"the water leak was caused by the moon roof not being sealed properly"

Anonymous, NH (2018 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"A consistent air leak in the rear, passenger tire"

Anonymous, MI (2018 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Air leaks around the doors & windows, adds to the jet engine sound effects"

Steven L., AZ (2018 Ford Escape)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The vehicle has a moon roof and it was not installed properly causing the leak."

Anonymous, NH (2018 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"There is an occasional rattle in the lower part of the driver's door. It is not in the pocket at the bottom of the door; it is inside the panel. It started one month after purchase."

James C., OR (2018 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rattling sound was determined to be caused by screw coming loose in the under carriage and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2018 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"Wind noises under the drivers side, sounds like something loose. Dealer has checked & found nothing. Not sure dealer tried very hard if at all."

Roy T., DE (2018 Ford Escape SEL 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Noise serious so that it is almost impossible to listen to radioactive highway speed."

Kenneth S., IL (2018 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It is some wind but the road noise is almost unbearable, I cannot carry on a conversation because of the road noise, it sounds like a jet engine inside the car!"

Steven L., AZ (2018 Ford Escape)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Dealer reset the module."

Anonymous, OR (2018 Ford Escape SEL 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Does not work reliably"

Anonymous, MO (2018 Ford Escape SEL 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Dealer tried reprogramming system 3 times over several days. All failed. For them to continue Ford had to give instructions. Okay from Ford took several days after programming failures to replace control module. Took 5 weeks to get part. Whole process was a big delay & inconvenient losing our car in service. If the customer was important the ok for controller change would have happened in 1 or 2 days & part available in 1 week!"

Craig L., NJ (2018 Ford Escape SEL 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"warning in the info system about a failure of the right hand side monitor not working. Take in for service."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rear ended a car at about 5 k speed. We had been stopped at a light when the Ford Escape in front started moving ahead and I followed. He stopped and I didn’t. This was just after we had the front sensor replaced at the dealership. All the front sensors worked intermittently."

Al B., SK (2018 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Replacement of front camera. I know it doesn’t have one but that is what Ford calls the sensor."

Al B., SK (2018 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Said not working needs repair"

Richard R., OR (2018 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Just started reporting an error when I started it one morning"

Jorge R., TX (2018 Ford Escape)

"Just started reporting errors one morning"

Jorge R., TX (2018 Ford Escape)

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

Apple CarPlay

"Difficult to use"

Richard R., OR (2018 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Vehicle icon does not stay on track often causing misinformation on upcoming turns or moves."

Richard W., OH (2018 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"not recognizing samsum gv7"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"Began happening after about 4 months: Radio, in fact whole sound system (including satellite and iphone connection) would go silent, then return spontaneously after a few minutes to a half hour). Dealer ended up replacing the whole unit under warrantee; problem has NOT recurred since."

S H., VA (2018 Ford Escape SE 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

Alignment

"car pulled to the right. Car dealer did a realignment that fixed it. no cost."

James H., (2018 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Shocks or struts

"Banging noise at low speeds when driving over uneven surfaces-multiple attempts by dealer to determine cause, eventually replaced shocks ad this took care of the problem"

Anonymous, OH (2018 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Clunking sound in the left rear suspension. Found loose bolts after 2 visits. After tightening, problem went away."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-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

Locks and latches

"The gas cap covered door falls off."

Anonymous, MD (2018 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Mirrors

"Passenger side outside mirror fell apart"

Anonymous, MO (2018 Ford Escape SEL 1.5-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

"Computor recall"

Anonymous, NV (2018 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wiper motor or washer

"rain sensor wiper is intermittent"

R B., FL (2018 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

Electronic ignition

"fail-to-start. push electronic starter, and error fault message only -- no cranking. NO computer codes were logged; all electrical services worked. Hauled to dealer on flat-bed, after arrival and unloading car ignition worked ok. NO computer codes logged. Dealer could do nothing."

Anonymous, IN (2018 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

"In the factor when it was being built there was a clamp to hold the tubing from the reservoir to the radiator. The clamp was not put on the tubing and the tubing rubbed against the fan belt and the belt put a hole in the tubing and the fluid was continuously leaking out while I was driving. The car overheated and the engine would start but then the car would not move and it then died."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Ford Escape SEL 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint was pealing off of the gas cap cover."

Anonymous, MD (2018 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Received a malfunction indicator lamp regarding the engine system. The rebuild on the engine took over 4 months to diagnose and to correct. This included multiple trips to the dealership but the dealership had the vehicle for over 3 months and we drove a dealer provided rental as the work was done under warranty."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Ford Escape SE 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

Automatic climate control

"The vehicle is a eco-model with 4-wheel drive, as advertised rather than AWD, as the option you provided in the survey... If that matters. And the problem I am about to describe may have an easy solution (either I haven't read in the manual or obtained from from making at least two appointments with a certified ford mechanic or obtained from a community of ford owners' blog(s) after countless hours of searching) but sometimes you just want something so simple to work the way you think it should work. My problem is this - the air-conditioning virtually stops when the vehicle is stopped. Does you stop that much? Really? Is this really a problem? Let me paint you a picture. It's June 1 and we're already seeing +26-29c daytime highs. We live in a big city - Vancouver - and the concentration of red lights, stop signs, bike lanes (which can result in courtesy/sudden stops for vehicles), bus stops (in this case, required bylaw stops for vehicles), controlled pedestrian walkways, elementary school crosswalks with crossing guards.... and without, construction zones (I did mention it was the summer, yes? well, there is a LOT of building around here as the weather gets warmer, alot) and before this moves from funny to rant, I will end with... and finally uncontrolled stops at every intersection for pedestrians, and my apologies, I forgot about stops to pull over for emergency vehicles. So, in short, yes, the vehicle turning off its air-conditioning at every stop, is really a big problem. Because it's not like it moves to a lower gear. It appears to turn itself off."

Michele P., (2018 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)

"One Hose Wasn't Connected."

Daniel O., NV (2018 Ford Escape SEL 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

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

Brakes

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

Drive System

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

Transmission Minor

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

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