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About The Ford Escape

Vehicle Summary

The Ford Escape is a compact crossover sold by the brand since 2000. What sets the Escape apart from its competition is that it's fun to drive and can tackle everyday life with agility and competence. 

This vehicle is a good fit for small families and professionals who need both cargo and passenger space and checks all the boxes for in-town excursions and longer road trips. It has been a star in the Ford lineup since it launched in 2000 and offers a variety of both standard and optional equipment. The 2017 model received a facelift both inside and out and added available Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ connectivity. 

The most recent generation of Ford Escape (2013–2019) is its third and the fourth will kick off with the 2020 model year. The 2017 and 2018 Ford Escape is available in three trim levels: S, SE, and Titanium. All of the Ford Escape trim levels include a six-speed automatic transmission and the SE and Titanium offer FWD or AWD (standard on the Titanium). 

The Ford Escape S in this recent generation includes a 2.5L four-cylinder engine with 168 horsepower. The 2017–2018 Ford Escape SE and Titanium trim levels offer a choice between two new EcoBoost® turbocharged engines, a 1.5L four-cylinder, and a 2.0L twin-scroll. 

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Ford Escape Trim Configurations

For model years 2013 - 2019, the Ford Escape is available in three trims: S, SE, and Titanium. From 2013 - 2016, the Ford Escape was available with a choice of three engines: a 2.5L four-cylinder, a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder, or a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder. In 2017, two new turbocharged Ecoboost engines replaced those previously available, and the 2.5L standard engine carried over. Starting in 2017, a turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder is standard on SE and Titanium trims with a 2.0L twin-scroll Ecoboost optional on both trims. 

S: Air conditioning, a six-speaker stereo, auxiliary audio jack, remote keyless entry, and steel wheels are all standard. For model years 2013 - 2016, a 2.5L Duratec® inline-four engine and manual seats come standard. 

SE: Auto Start-Stop, torque vectoring control, AdvanceTrac® with roll stability control, the SYNC® 3 infotainment system, paddle shifters, and a foot-activated liftgate (2017 - 2018). For model years 2013 - 2014, a 1.6L EcoBoost® inline-four engine (including active grille shutters) is standard. 

SEL: (2018 - 2019): leather seats, a power liftgate, heated side mirrors, LED lighting, SYNC 3 with an eight-inch display, and a reverse sensing system. 

Titanium: Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, windshield wiper de-icer, halogen projector-beam with LED signature bi-xenon lamps, roof rack, paddle shifters, and SecuriCode™ invisible keypad. The 2018 - 2019 model includes a 2.0 EcoBoost engine, a standard navigation system, enhanced parking assistance, and high-intensity (HID) headlamps. 

Ford Escape vs Other SUVs

2018 Ford Escape vs 2018 Toyota RAV4:

The Escape offers three engine choices, agile steering and handling, and power, while the advantages of the Toyota RAV4 include a hybrid powertrain option and a variety of standard driver-assist features. If you're looking for size, the RAV4 is three inches longer and four cubic feet larger than the Escape. 

Both vehicles come standard with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine. In addition, the RAV4 also offers a hybrid model. In contrast, the Escape offers two more engine options, including 1.5L and 2.0L EcoBoost models. 

2018 Ford Escape vs 2018 Ford Edge

The Edge offers a sportier drive with V6 engine options and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters available. The Edge is a bit larger, with a 6.3-inch advantage in the wheelbase and 10 inches of overall length over the Escape; it's also slightly wider and higher. 

The 2018 Ford Escape comes with the choice of three engines: a 2.5L engine rated at 168 hp for the S trim, a turbocharged 1.5L engine and 179 hp on the SE, and a 245-hp, turbocharged engine. The Edge in the same year can be purchased with one of three engines: a 2.0L four-cylinder engine (245 hp), a 3.5L V6, (available on the SEL and Titanium trims), or a turbocharged 2.7L V6 (315 hp) on the Sport trim. 

2018 Ford Escape vs 2018 Honda CRV

The 2018 Ford Escape and the 2018 Honda CR-V offer smart choices and a plethora of options. The Escape delivers a sporty ride, three engine options (including two turbocharged engines) and upscale features like automated park assist and a panoramic moonroof. You might choose a CR-V if a quiet interior, road departure mitigation, and larger rear seat and cargo areas are more important to you. 

The Honda CR-V is 180.6 inches long, 73.0 inches wide and 66.5 inches tall. The Escape is 178.1 inches long (2.5 inches shorter than the CR-V), 72.4 inches wide, and almost exactly the same height at 66.3 inches. 

Drivers may find that the Escape offers more upscale options than the CR-V. At the Titanium level, the Escape has a maximum towing capacity of an estimated 3,500 lbs with the 2.0L EcoBoost and Class II Trailer Tow Package when properly equipped;2 the CR-V can tow an estimated 1,500 pounds with the 2.4L inline-four engine when properly equipped.2

2 Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.


Q: Is a Ford Escape four-wheel drive?

A: For any Ford Escape in this generation (2013 - 2019), two-wheel drive is standard on the S and SE trims with intelligent 4WD available for both. Four-wheel-drive is standard on the Ford Escape Titanium trim. 

Q: What is a Ford Escape considered (SUV vs Compact SUV)?

A: The Ford Escape is considered a compact SUV and is often also called a compact crossover. It's larger than the subcompact Ford EcoSport and smaller than the full-size Ford Bronco or Expedition. 

Q: What kind of mileage does the Ford Escape get?

A: The 2.5L four-cylinder FWD Ford Escape gets an EPA-estimated combined 24 mpg for the 2019.1 In the AWD versions with a 2.0L engine, the EPA-estimated combined mpg is 23 mpg.1 

Q: How many does a Ford Escape seat?

A: The Ford Escape seats five in two rows of comfortable and supportive seats across all years. 

1 Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See for details.

Reliability Research


RepairPal gave the Ford Escape an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks the Ford Escape 13th out of 26 among Compact SUVs.

  • Cost RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Ford Escape is $436, compared to an average of $454 for Compact SUVs and $556 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Frequency According to RepairPal, Ford Escape owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.9 times per year, compared to an average of 0.9 times for Compact SUVs and 1.4 times for all the vehicle models RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Severity RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 10% for the Ford Escape, compared to an average of 10% for Compact SUVs and 12% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features.

*RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/01/2021. Learn more.


Reviews for Ford Escape

Overall Rating

4.3 out of 5 (603 reviews)

Decent vehicle but wish I'd bought a truck

It's a nice reliable vehicle (2nd one I've owned) and looks great but there are several issues: 1. The AC is weak. Has been weak in both cars. 2. The transmission HATES going into reverse. This was the same in both cars. 3. Not a lot of power -- the engine just doesn't have it 4. Cabin noise -- both vehicles have had more cabin noise than I'd like. The windshield "whistles" going down the road 5. Cargo space -- it needs more 6. Seats are stiff and become uncomfortable on long trips 7. The back up camera is miniscule


  • Fuel Economy: I average 28mpg
  • Styling: I think it looks good
  • Value: Decent vehicle for the money


  • Cabin Noise: Loud, the windows whistle, and the overall road noise is up there.
  • Reliability: Second Ford Escape I've owned and the battery life is terrible. Plus changing that battery is IMPOSSIBLE for anyone but a Ford mechanic.
  • Power: Not all that powerful engine-wise. The AC is weak ... very weak ... and this is the second one I've owned so it's not an individual vehicle issue, it's a systems issue. Plus it does not like to go into reverse sometimes. The gears SLAM even when I gently put it into reverse.

- Ron Haynes, 2016 Ford Escape

10 years and still running strong

we bought a 2013 Ford Escape SEL with 0.2 miles on the odometer. Other than basic maintenance this vehicle has been very reliable. The one issue we had was a recall on the door handles. We never had a problem until AFTER the recall work was done. The door handle was fine but after the recall work, it never closed completely. We had to slam it shut. Then, we got another recall to fix the door handle recall. And now the door works properly. Thank you Karen.


  • Fuel Economy: 2.0 let 4 cylinder has worked well.
  • Technology and Entertainment: We bought the SEL with all the bells and whistles. Glad we did
  • Visibility: If you have a hard time see out this front window, maybe you should consider a bicycle.


  • Seat Comfort: It is a little snug but I need to lose weight.

- Brian Stucker, 2013 Ford Escape

Poorly Made, Don't Let the Price Entice You

This car is a maintenance nightmare, its electrical issues make a Jeep look appealing. I purchased my 2014 AWD Escape Titanium in May 2017, 10 months later, I replaced the battery and a wiring issue associated with it. 7 months later, transmission needed replacing. If I had wanted the electrical and maintenance hassle of a Jeep, I would have bought one. My husband's 2011 BMW 3 series with the same mileage has far fewer issues. There are substantially better cars for similar price points. Buy a RAV4 or CR-V, you may not get the fancy features, but a large chunk of your paycheck will go towards this car. I miss my low maintenance RAV4 I had previously but this car pulled me in with its fancy features for a lower price.


  • Seat Comfort: Ford is known for their seats!
  • Interior Space: The inside of the car is gorgeous
  • Technology and Entertainment: Sony partnered with them, NAV and touch screen are nice


  • Reliability: Maintenance nightmare, full of electrical issues
  • Cabin Noise:
  • Cost to Maintain:

- Lucy Smith, 2014 Ford Escape

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