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.

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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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 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 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 2018 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

Apple CarPlay

"Difficult to use"

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

"Started at 24000 miles. It is intermittent, happens frequently when the car is started, and continues until the car is turned off. Therefore, Nav, Bluetooth, radio, back-up none works. Dealer can't find the problem because it doesn't happen for them."

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

"This is a random problem that has occurred 4 times. No display means no GPS, no back-up camera, no radio-SiriusXM. The display returns a short time after it goes dark seemingly on it's own not because the driver did something. Vehicle was at a Ford dealer, I was told it was a known problem and the mechanic could fix it. It's happened twice since then. I'm not planning at this time, to buy/lease another Ford because of this malfunction."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Hardware replacement

"USB connected devices would randomly disconnect. Ford replaced the main control unit for USB but that in turn caused the whole head unit to fail and need replacement. Worked like a champ since."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"new computer chip was needed to fix the problem"

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

"The screen did not display accurate locations and started spinning, dealer repaired"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Ford Escape Unsure Unsure)

"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

"Screen would freeze and not allow any input. Took it back to dealer and they fixed with reboot. Problem occurred again after about 3 weeks. Took it back in and they replaced. Been working well since"

Anonymous, MI (2018 Ford Escape SE Unsure)

"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)
Routine software updates

"Failed but corrected by dealer"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Ford Escape Unsure Unsure)
Software update fixes

"The vehicle wouldn't respond to the key and it wasn't the battery or the starter. They said it was something to do with the ECU and had to reprogram it which fixed the problem."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Ford Escape SE 1.5-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

"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

"squeak in the rear suspension, tried once to have the dealer experience and resolve but was unsuccessful in resolving the problem. Will try again."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Ford Escape Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Shield underneath car was loose"

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

"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)

"At cruising speed there is a loud flapping noise that no one has been able to identify."

Anonymous, GA (2018 Ford Escape SEL Unsure)

"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)

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

"Faulty head gasket that caused coolant to leak into the cylinder. Once enough coolant had been burned off, the engine overheated. The engine had to be replaced. The vehicle had 14000 miles on it when the engine was replaced. The engine was replaced at no cost to myself as it was under warranty and I was given a loaner vehicle while it was being fixed."

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

"over the past 6 months they had to constantly reset the check engine light and then finally realize they needed to rebuild part of the engine in order to make the full correction. Then it still did not work correctly but then they corrected some wires that have now seemed to finally correct the issue. Partial new engine and replaced some wires."

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

"Crack in cylinder"

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

"Heard knocking sound in my engine. Was told (after a couple different service appointments) that the engine manufacture was flawed for this vehicle and the engine block would need to be replaced. Still under warranty, so no cost to me, but had a loaner car for approximately 4 weeks. Repeated the experience with a computer reprogram--although it took less time."

Anonymous, WI (2018 Ford Escape SEL Unsure)

"Ford knew about problem, Customer Satisfaction Program 19B37. Found out about this program at same time as engine failure. Severe engine mis and Check Engine light baby stepped vehicle to dealer and had over 2 months to replace engine, said they have several in line for this work at their shop. Ford has a known engine problem and only fixing if there is a failure with in the warranty time. Will the replacement engine / rebuild show the same problem in coupe of years. Don't plan on keeping for any long duration."

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

"Vehicle started showing misfire codes, recurring problem. Took it to dealership and it was there for 2 months due to engine problems. "Short block" replacement. Vehicle was in shop for repair due to nationwide shortage of parts due to it being a common repair for this model/engine."

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

"Engine was replaced twice due to overheating both were covered under warranty and has worked since TSB fixed the problem"

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

"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)
Head gasket

"engine light came on and it had difficulty excellerateing."

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

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)

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)
Wheel bearings

"Slight vibration and 'helicopter' type noise while coasting or at low (under 55mph) speeds"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford Escape SE Unsure)

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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Back passenger side door would randomly be detected as being open and would cause the alarm to trigger when the car was shut off."

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

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)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"I belive the Ecoboost engine causes these problems"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"I believe this problam and others are due to the Ecoboost engine"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford Escape SEL 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

"Auto stop-start system had to be reset or repaired 4 times in firs six months"

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

"check engine light came on about every 6 weeks. Ford had a recall for some computer glitch which they did for this car, but it did not ultimately solve the issue. It was not until they replaced some of the engine, that they finally seem to have fixed the car. Time will tell."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Ford Escape SEL 1.5-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)

"Leaked into cylinder causing engine failure"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Ford Escape SE 1.5-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)

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)

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)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

"Rear brakes were almost worn down to nothing. Believe it is due to the auto cruise control adjusting the speed of the vehicle."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Ford Escape SE 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)

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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Recalls
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SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Feb 12, 2018
A brake fluid leak may lengthen the distance needed to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2018 Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC vehicles. These vehicles may be equipped with incorrect front brake hoses that may chafe against other components, possibly resulting in a brake fluid leak.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake hoses, replacing any that are incorrect, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 2018. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 18S04.
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: 18V104000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 88
AIR BAGS
Dec 18, 2017
If the component detaches during deployment, it may enter the passenger compartment and be a projectile within the vehicle cabin, increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2018 Ford Escape vehicles. The side curtain air bags on these vehicles have a component that may detach during deployment of the inflatable curtain air bag.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver and passenger side curtain air bags, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 2018. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 17S44.
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: 17V803000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 11113
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