2012 Ford Escape

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Ford Escape highlights

Customer rating

Mileage (EPA estimate)

18 city, 23 highway, 20 combined

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All Ford Escape years

New for 2012

  • Escape trims have been upgraded with Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment this year.

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Limited 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automated Parking
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Leather Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Sync System
  • Traction Control
  • Automated Parking
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Flex Fuel Vehicle
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Navigation System
  • Parking Sensors
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Rear View Camera
  • Running Boards
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type


Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41.6"/R 35.6"

Head room

F 40.4"/R 39.2"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

300/2000 lbs.



5 reasons to buy the 2012 Ford Escape

1. It can take you off-road

You might think of crossover SUVs as city slickers, but the 2012 Ford Escape is ready to get off-road. All trims offer available four-wheel drive, which is appealing if you live in a snowy area or just like to camp in the woods. Both the standard 171-hp 2.5L four-cylinder engine and the available 240-hp 3.0L V6 can be paired with four-wheel drive, while the standard four-wheel independent suspension contributes to a smooth ride whether you're driving to work in the city or navigating dirt roads.

2. Towing capacity

The 2012 Ford Escape can bring your boat to the lake or your camper to your favorite spot under the stars. With the available V6 engine and the tow package—available on XLT and Limited trims—the 2012 Ford Escape can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.

This comes in handy, even if it's just to haul your hard waste to the dump!

3. High-tech parking assist

With the 2012 Ford Escape, you'll never have to worry about city parking again, thanks to the active park assist that's available on the Limited Trim. To use the system, you pull beside a parallel parking spot and take your hands off the wheel. The system prompts you when to touch the gas or brake, and the car steers itself into a perfect parking job. To get this feature, look for a 2012 Ford Escape Limited with the optional Limited Luxury Package.

4. Family friendly

The 2012 Ford Escape comes with seating for five and has plenty of space to fit your family. The 2012 Escape has more than 35 inches of rear legroom. That's plenty to accommodate lanky teens or rear-facing car seats. Does your family have trouble traveling light? Don't worry—you can utilize 31 cu-ft of cargo space behind the rear seats, and 67 cu-ft when they're folded flat.

5. Upscale interior options

The 2012 Ford Escape offers plenty of creature comforts, especially in the highest Limited Trim. With that trim, you'll find leather-trimmed seats that are heated in the front, perfect for chilly winter mornings. The Limited also comes standard with roof racks and offers an optional moonroof.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

CarMax customers love the 2012 Ford Escape, a small SUV that is spacious inside and handles wonderfully. It has good gas mileage and performs well in all types of weather. Customers like features such as the leather interior and the rear view camera.

RepairPal gave the Ford Escape an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Ford Escape 14th out of 27 among Compact SUVs.

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