The popular Ford Escape has been fully redesigned for the 2020 model year. It has been massaged and morphed into a curvier model that looks more like a raised hatchback and less than a utilitarian box, as SUVs become alternatives to traditional sedans. The Escape also got new powertrains, more elaborate interior technology and standard advanced safety features.
Alerts
There are 6 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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
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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Reliability Trouble Spots
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

The popular Ford Escape has been fully redesigned for the 2020 model year. It has been massaged and morphed into a curvier model that looks more like a raised hatchback and less than a utilitarian box, as SUVs become alternatives to traditional sedans. The Escape also got new powertrains, more elaborate interior technology and standard advanced safety features. We found the new Escape agile and solid feeling but it also suffers from a few flaws that should give buyers pause. We think the hybrid version is the most compelling.

The standard engine is a 1.5-liter, turbocharged three-cylinder that’s quick to deliver power when needed, whether in town or on a highway. However, it suffers from a pronounced vibration at low revs and during coasting. The hybrid version does away with that nuisance and gets an impressive 34 mpg overall. And the uplevel 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder does without the vibration as well.

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
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 1.5-liter 3 turbo (180 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (250 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 hybrid (209 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 hybrid (198 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2020 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

Android Auto

"I have a OnePlus 6T from T-Mobile running the official Android 10 release. Since updating to Android 10, Android Auto is broken. It freezes and does not respond to touch and frequently does not respond to voice commands. Not sure if this is phone related or car related."

Anonymous, NJ (2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Apple CarPlay

"Just like in my previous car, Apple Carplay has trouble playing nice with the infotainment system when I have my personal phone and company phone both in the car. I typically listen to books from my personal iphone plugged into to Apple CarPlay. Which is fine until I get a call on my company phone, which is answered through blue tooth. Sometimes it is hard to answer with the steering wheel controls. Sometimes if I answer before turning off or down the book, then I can't turnoff the book while talking on the other phone."

Anonymous, (2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Apple CarPlay will not stay connected to the Sync 3 system. All attempts to get this problem fixed have failed."

Anonymous, NY (2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Backup or other camera/sensors

"Screen is fuzzy/blurry. Intermittent"

Anonymous, (2020 Ford Escape Hybrid SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Backup camera looks broken and display is darkened, discolored, flickers. The backup sensor (that beeps) no longer works either."

Anonymous, CA (2020 Ford Escape Hybrid SE Unsure)

"Goes off and on. Sometimes it works perfectly, but often the image is distorted"

Anonymous, (2020 Ford Escape Hybrid SE Unsure)

"Backup camera intermittently goes black. Troubleshot by dealer to bad camera. Waiting for parts."

Anonymous, (2020 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Within a month of purchase the screen in the infotainment center would sometimes go black with green horizontal lines. This seemed to happen with the back up camera, but would then persist. I took it to dealer who ordered and installed new parts. I'm not sure what exactly was replaced beyond the camera."

Anonymous, (2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Camera would become unusable intermittently. After 3 times at dealer they replaced the camera."

Anonymous, (2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Intermittent failure and poor image quality - seemed like a bad connection"

Anonymous, (2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Fails to function with increasing regularity. Currently works maybe 30% of the time."

Anonymous, (2020 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)

"Backup camera frequently becomes unusable on the display - screen becomes garbled. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. Ford is unable to replace or fix."

Anonymous, (2020 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)

"Frequent failure daily"

Anonymous, (2020 Ford Escape SEL 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)

"The rear camera/sensing system is supposed to let you know when a stationary or mobile object or person is close to very close when backing up. It does for objects, not PEOPLE."

Anonymous, OR (2020 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"At about 350 miles GPS could no longer determine location. Dealer reset electronics. Problem has not reoccurred."

Anonymous, TX (2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"At about 1200 miles, phone not detected by car info system. Deleted phone and repaired to car. Problem has not reoccurred."

Anonymous, TX (2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Speakers

"Paid for Titanium radio/speaker package. Sound from speakers is only fair and one is poor. Have yet to bring it in for service."

Anonymous, NJ (2020 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering wheel controls

"symbols too small and too confusing"

Anonymous, IN (2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"New 8 speed automatic hunts for gears at lower speeds, hesitates to upshift and sometimes roughly downshifts"

Anonymous, (2020 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Slipping transmission

"the transmission hesitates,and doesn't down shift properly"

Anonymous, (2020 Ford Escape SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Trans vibrates at 35-47. Motor spins when changing forward gears .Trans make grinding noise. When putting it forward gear trans clunks."

Anonymous, (2020 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Trans not fixed yet. Due to bad trans can not drive , Ford out of replace trans."

Anonymous, (2020 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I drove this brand new Escape for about a week and a half before the problem developed. While accelerating from a stop, the car would stutter and surge. At a static speed, it would still surge 100-200 rpm every few seconds. They started by replacing the valve body, at the recommendation of Ford Engineering. That made the problem worse. They then decided to install a whole new transmission, which was ordered weeks ago. Still waiting for the transmission to arrive at the dealership. After 53 days in the shop, the problem is still not solved. Very frustrating."

Anonymous, (2020 Ford Escape S 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Squeak in upper left area of the dash. Dealer asked that I wait till warmer weather to see if this resolved itself. This has not occurred yet and am waiting till a little later to return to the dealer for further analysis. Current Covid-19 stay at home is also a factor."

Anonymous, AR (2020 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This vehicle rattles like crazy. It's the worst I've ever owned in this area. Kills the driving experience."

Anonymous, (2020 Ford Escape SE 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Heater system

"The seats get hot and have to be turned off because it turns on automatic every time the car starts up and i find the heater does not throw enough heat"

Anonymous, MA (2020 Ford Escape Unsure Unsure)

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

Sunroof

"sun shade gets stuck. plastic cover came off, I think due to heat."

Anonymous, (2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"A pillar trim on passenger side is completely loose and nearly dangling since new."

Anonymous, (2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Titanium 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

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.

Engine Cooling

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

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.

Exhaust

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

Engine Major

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

Engine Minor

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

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

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.

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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