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.

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.
Emissions
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

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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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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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
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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 2019 Ford Escape owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Cracked cylinder. Ford replaced with new engine."

Anonymous, GA (2019 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Severe misfiring of #3 cylinder, Ford required the dealer to remove engine and send back to Ford, replaced under warranty. Dealer was not allowed to troubleshoot the cause."

Anonymous, VA (2019 Ford Escape SEL 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine light came on. Took it to the dealer. Vehicle currently in dealership having a new and different engine installed. Apparently, there was a recall for this problem which the dealer checked for in January and found no issues. Fortunately, I was able to and smart enough to recognize an engine light needs immediate attention. It took me 5 days to get an appointment(Wednesday -Monday)."

Anonymous, MI (2019 Ford Escape SEL 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Cracked engine block leaking coolant into cylinders, ford bought back car because of lemon law"

Anonymous, NJ (2019 Ford Escape SEL 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

"The cardboard air scoop under the engine tore and started dragging (no impact with debris or road hazard, the damned thing just started dragging). Ford refused to cover it, though chat boards show several others have had a similar problem. Even the dealership service manager called it a “design flaw.”"

Anonymous, IL (2019 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

External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The voice function does not allow me to browse my MP3 player. I can access the MP3 player as a source option, but usually the car does not respond to additional voice commands well. The response is sporadic where sometimes the car finds the requested music and at other times it does not."

Anonymous, (2019 Ford Escape SEL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"this is a piece of junk....it never knows where we are going .... keeps telling us to turn here ,often where there is not even a street) and us nearly impossible to disengage when it is activated!"

Anonymous, NY (2019 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Phone would unpair. reset the system and it hooked up."

Anonymous, NH (2019 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"While driving, my Android 8 phone connection can drop at any time. The car loses the connection often during calls. Some days the phone connects and stays connected. Often the car will drop the cell phone connection even when not in use. The only good thing is I talk a lot less on the phone although it's a hands-free connection. The bad thing is I can lose a call and become disconnected at any time without notice. Then I have to manually reconnect my phone while driving (not good)."

Anonymous, (2019 Ford Escape SEL 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 interior trim or moldings

"Plastic trim on top of dashboard, by windshield, was not properly fastened. Showed a gap."

Anonymous, FL (2019 Ford Escape S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Roof liner was not properly fitted. Fabric did not tuck under the roof handles. Dealer replace the entire roof liner under warranty."

Anonymous, TX (2019 Ford Escape SEL 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Cover at right passenger windshield post popped out and wiring was exposed. Local Ford shop fixed but it is outside instead of inside frame cover. Will be addressed after pandemic."

Anonymous, NC (2019 Ford Escape SEL 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint chipping was on my 2016 Escape, which I drove until early July 2019 when I bought the 2019 Escape."

Anonymous, MD (2019 Ford Escape SEL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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 was related to bad windshield seal."

Anonymous, VT (2019 Ford Escape SEL 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The rubber seal at the bottom of the windshield was not sealed tightly. It had gaps where water leaked between seal and windshield."

Anonymous, VT (2019 Ford Escape SEL 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"There is something that flaps below the passenger side when it's windy outside."

Anonymous, (2019 Ford Escape SEL Unsure)

"If road is not perfectly smooth make sure you have music you like to listen to loudly"

Anonymous, TX (2019 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"Appears to have a leak..surprising for such a Low mileage vehicle"

Anonymous, IN (2019 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Other/unsure

"It took 2 trips to dealer to correct problem (short in wiring) but the dealer created 3 added problems which took 5 more trips to dealer to correct each one at separate times."

Anonymous, VA (2019 Ford Escape Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"bad camera replaced no problem"

Anonymous, WI (2019 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 overheated and car stalled on highway. Had to be towed. Dealer took care of problem."

Anonymous, (2019 Ford Escape Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine knock or ping

"Cold start noise will wake up neighbors, rough idle can not drive or put in gear first minutes"

Anonymous, TX (2019 Ford Escape SE 1.5-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

Slipping transmission

"Transmission has slow shifts, both up and down. Very reluctant to downshift under most conditions even when it can't hold speed on inclines. Has to be manually overridden with shift lever."

Anonymous, MI (2019 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

"After having the vehicle for a month I noticed that the engine coolant was below the add mark. The dealer topped it off and about a week later it was back at the add mark. Took it back to service and they did a pressure test. They said they did not find any leak or do anything else to the vehicle. After that the loss of coolant didn't appear to be as quick as before (not sure why). However I still was losing coolant. 2,800 miles later the coolant had dropped from the Max to Min mark. Took it back to the dealer and they performed another pressure test, again claimed they found no leaks. Told the service manager I was not happy. He contacted Ford hotline and they advised the service tech to perform the coolant pressure test after the engine was at operating temperature. They found a small leak at hose fitting that was leaking unto the transmission. The rate of the leak was small so that it did not show up under the vehicle. I have driven it for 6,000 miles since that time and have not had to add coolant. It may be still going down very slightly but kind of hard to tell at this point."

Anonymous, MI (2019 Ford Escape SEL 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.

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.

Brakes

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

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

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.

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.

Drive System

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

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.

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