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Ford Escape

$ 37,990 - $ 54,940* MRLP

Ford’s medium-SUV rival to the Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5 is available in three trim levels, all of which can carry five adults and are powered by the same two-litre turbocharged petrol engine in either two- or all-wheel drive. The Escape is one of the sharper SUVs when it comes to the drive.

Latest Ford Escape ratings breakdown


Safety Technology
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Infotainment & Connectivity
Handling & Dynamics
Energy Efficiency
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Value for Money
Interior Comfort & Packaging
Fit for Purpose

What we love

  • -Capable of genuinely good fuel economy
  • -Powertrain is smooth and refined
  • -Good combination of ride quality and handling ability

What we don't

  • -$15,000 surcharge for the hybrid powertrain
  • -Interior not as special as the competition
  • -No bag or storage spot for the charging cable
2022 Ford Escape Plug-in hybrid review: Australian first drive
Launch Review | 20 May 2022


Ford has bolstered it's Escape range with a plug-in hybrid, and there is a lot to like about it. But price could be its achilles heel.
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Comparison | 1 Apr 2022


Honda's reputation for practical cabin design is well-deserved. As is Ford's dynamic reputation. If you had to choose between the two, which way do you go?

2021 Honda CR-V VTi L v Ford Escape Vignale comparison
Comparison | 27 Jan 2022


If you don't want to follow the popular medium-SUV buyers' path to a Toyota or Mazda, Ford and Honda have options well worth considering.

Ford Escape Price*

2023Ford Escape 2.0L SUV FWD$37,990
2023Ford Escape ST-Line 2.0L SUV FWD$39,990
2023Ford Escape ST-Line 2.0L SUV 4WD$42,990
2023Ford Escape Vignale 2.0L SUV FWD$48,590
2023Ford Escape Vignale 2.0L SUV 4WD$51,590
2023Ford Escape ST-Line PHEV 2.5L SUV FWD Hybrid$54,940

Ford Escape Specs:

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Image: 2021 Ford Escape. Model features may vary.
Image: 2021 Ford Escape. Model features may vary.
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Fuel Efficiency
8.6L / 100km
Towing braked
1800 kg
Towing unbraked
750 kg
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Ford Escape Dimensions

The Ford Escape has 6 variants. The height ranges from 1666mm to 1680mm, the width is 1883mm and length is between 4614mm and 4629mm:


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news | 13 Jul 2023
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Recalls | 14 Mar 2023
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Owner Review | 29 Aug 2022
When I did some very quick research on these Escapes, it seemed they were very much written up as an underrated vehicle.Owner: Kirk Muddle
2016 Ford Escape Titanium AWD: owner review
Owner Review | 13 Jul 2020
The Escape was purchased just under three years ago to replace a Toyota RAV4 V6. My wish list included preferably a traditional automatic gearbox rather than a CVT, the full suite of active safety features including radar cruise control, decent performance, no “premium” European brands and new or nearly new. Despite my attempts at persuasion, my husband’s wish list was that our next car had to be an SUV. I had shortlisted the Subaru Forester (servicing costs, CVT and lacklustre performance ruled it out), the Kia Sportage Platinum or Hyundai Tucson 1.6 turbo (both just about to be facelifted and at the time didn’t have the technology features I was looking for) and the new Honda CR-V. The Honda really impressed with its looks, practicality, economy, warranty, equipment and drove pretty sharply although there were no deals to be had as the car had just been released. However, a test drive of the Ford Escape showed performance and handling that felt much more assured than the competition. An ex Ford company car from a Ford main dealer in Melbourne, ten months old with only 2500kms on the clock, a compelling discount from new and generous trade-in sealed the deal. It’s a 2.0 Titanium ZG with the added Technology Pack that was absolutely loaded with equipment; it really is a comprehensively equipped car. In black with privacy glass, chrome accents and the 19-inch ST-style starfish alloys it’s also a bit of a sporty looker with a nice stance on the road. Performance from the 2.0 turbo 178kw engine makes the Escape an entertaining drive with 345Nm of torque. I’ve found that there’s an occasional off-boost (?) flat spot between 1500 and 2000 revs where the car feels like it’s taking a quick breath but otherwise there’s always plenty of power available when moving away and when demanded, it positively flies when passing slower traffic. Personally, I always keep the gearbox in the standard Drive setting as the Sport shifts can feel a bit too aggressive and grabby for daily use. The Sport setting is simply another “notch” below Drive and it’s quite easy to knock it down into the Sport setting without realising. Ride on the standard 19-inch alloys is always a bit fidgety and unsettled and as other reviews have attested, the ride on the Trend’s 18-inch wheels is noticeably more comfortable on our rough Victorian roads. Handling is perhaps the chink in the Escape’s armour; it handles with assurance and there’s plenty of grip through tight corners but although body roll is contained, corners betray the weight and height of the car. It’s definitely better than other more comfort-oriented SUVs and quite car-like, but you always feel that you’re sitting on a highchair rather than in the driver’s seat. Fuel economy has always been a bit adrift of Ford’s 8.6L/100, even with the lightest of right feet. My daily commute is forty minutes through suburban traffic and I’m usually seeing a combined figure of 10L/100 or worse; it is at its most economical on long motorway journeys where it can average 7.0L/100. It also requires 95ron premium unleaded, so it’s not a cheap car to run; a tank lasts between 500 and 600km, Ford’s stop/start working smoothly and unobtrusively. Annual servicing has been very reasonable, and Ford’s fixed-price servicing means no nasty surprises. Ford’s guaranteed courtesy car has provided me with a Mustang GT, a Ranger XLT and an Escape Trend. Things I’ve not enjoyed about the car? The mechanism for folding the rear seats is actually at the base of the seat in the cabin and not accessible from the boot which is a bit annoying, the powered tailgate is slow (and mostly unnecessary) and the entertainment system can sometimes take ages to pair with a phone, blaring out, the radio suddenly after a minute of failing to open Apple Carplay. Ford’s lane-keep assist can be really obtrusive, suddenly dragging the wheel out of your hand, especially in corners when you might choose a tight line and is best turned off. I found the interior nowhere near as ugly as reviewers have stated although it’s obviously a face-lifted version of an older design. There are a lot of things going on aesthetically and lots of different shapes and textures vying for attention, but the dials are attractive, clear and legible, the infotainment screen falls easily to reach and is high in the dash and everything else falls easily to hand. Incidentally, Ford’s Synch 3 is intuitive and quick in operation. Things to recommend the Escape? It’s definitely a driver’s SUV, so far as that is possible. It’s also a “Goldilocks” size; not too small to pack with people and stuff but not unwieldy or hard to park in small spaces. As I said, it’s been well-made and reliable, very well-equipped and cheap to maintain (if not to fuel). Passengers appreciate the space in the rear, a light-filled cabin with the panoramic sunroof and low road and engine noise. There are even fold-out picnic tables for those in the rear. It has been faultlessly reliable and despite my fears, no rattles or squeaks have emerged. Other than 2 recent front tyres and a new battery, nothing else has needed replacing in 35,000kms. The dead battery (after having been abroad for a month) turned out to be a complete fiasco. It’s hidden way up on the top of the engine bay on the passenger side, half underneath the windscreen. This means that it’s hard to access and various things have to be removed before it can be accessed; the RACV had to trailer it away for Ford to supply and fit a new battery which was surprisingly expensive (independents were much dearer than the main dealer). My Escape shares a garage with a Mazda MX-5 NC weekender and over the Summer I was using the Mazda more and the Ford less. My husband passed away last year after a short but hard battle with an aggressive cancer and with no kids and no stuff to lug around, I realised that the Escape wasn’t the sort of car I needed any more, so it has been traded in. I’m looking forward to my 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI which should suit my needs much more as well as completing an “enthusiast’s” garage. I know I’m preaching to the converted here, but after two RAV4s and the Escape, I’m happy to be turning my back on SUVs although I know I’m in the minority.

2017 Ford Escape Trend (AWD) review
Owner Review | 22 Jul 2018
I gave in to the other half insisting she wanted an SUV. I couldn't even have a sporting sedan or wagon, so after deciding to get rid of the beloved Alfa I thought I'd also throw away my last ounce of enthusiasm to drive anything remotely enjoyable. We seriously considered a Suzuki Vitara Turbo or the even more practical but weirder looking S-Cross with the same engine. But despite being much kinder on fuel, insurance and service intervals lost out to the Ford, I also wasn't convinced with the FWD at limit handling and an AWD Vitara was hard to find. Another family member owns a Focus ST with a version of the same 2.0lt ecoboost engine as the petrol AWD Escapes and really that's what the mid size SUV feels like; a heavier, jacked up Focus ST with more useable space. No it's not as sharp as the Focus on initial turn in and you can feel the extra 300+kg of weight mid corner, but its actually better powering out of sweeping turns where you can feel the awd and torque vectoring working to push and pull out of corners. Keep the right foot buried and you'll get past that initial understeer where the Focus starts plowing on into torque steer or encourages a bit of lift off overseer. I would love to see how the new ST-line trim with lowered springs handle compared to the regular suspension, which is still firmer than most in this class. With traction control switched off, drive is actually sent more evenly to the rear wheels, it helped when we were slightly bogged on dirt track going up hill. It's actually quite capable on the loose stuff, but despite the decently high ride height, spring rates are too firm to be comfortable off road for too long, way too much suspension jiggle over corrugated surfaces. It was like the engineers couldn't decide so they gave it a 4WD ride height but keep most of the firmness and dampening of the Focus. No it's still no hot hatch alternative but it's more fun to drive than any of the 2.0 turbo fwd sedans or wagons tested, Mondeo, Sonata, Optima (not that the other half liked them anyways) . I would like to see how the new Mazda6 turbo steers and if the CX-5 had the same 2.5 turbo unit in it, it would probably be what we'd have owned instead. The Escape has grown on me and with the transmission in Sport mode, using paddle shifters its quick enough, I'd probably be looking to add a tuning chip and minor intake, downpipe work to extract another 30-50kw when the warranty runs out. Although not widely reported here, US owners have commonly found the 6 speed auto appears to be the weak link in the driveline, and I know one local owner who insisted on constantly towing a caravan 'within spec' and is currently on a 3rd transmission, luckily under warranty. I'm taking no chances and will do trans fluid flush and change every 50,000 km with additives. The new 8 or 9 speed trans rumored to be in the next all new Escape would solve this issue. Otherwise its easy to live with, Sync3 although basic looking is one of the better infotainment and sat nav systems out there. Dash design and interior plastics are still typically Ford but with drive away prices about $5-8k lower than anything similarly powerful eg. Tiguan 162tsi or Forrester GT, its a bargain. Unless you really need that sun roof, 19inch wheels (instead of 18s) and Ford quality leather seats, stepping up to the Titanium trim isn't worth it, we did get the auto tail gate and i wish we had the safety pack but this car was floor stock at the dealership and it can't be retro fitted. Still deciding if we miss leather seats enough to get them re-trimmed or just order custom fit 'leather look' seat covers from the U.S. for a few hundred dollars. The only issue we've had in the first year of ownership is having to head back to dealership 3 times to fix a head unit module under warranty and with half city and half suburban driving i can't get better than mid 11s for fuel economy. It is E10 compatible, when i did try I would only fill up with E10 that is rated at 95ron, wouldn't risk 94ron E10. But with e10, fuel economy would jump into the high 12s, so have decided it's not worth the trade off in dollar savings (despite being about 14c cheaper than premium) or the fact the engine was running rougher and had less response - would like to try e85 if I ever get a custom tune. Overall a good decently powerful, practical mid size SUV that is capable tackling the loose stuff on odd occasion. If only it was a couple hundred kg lighter or came in a higher state of tune circa 220kw it'd be perfect, but that's what the after market is for and given this engine was used in earlier Volvos, Range Rover Evoques and Jags with 2.0 turbos (when Ford had owned these brands) , its a relative bargain.

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Where is the Ford Escape made?

The Ford Escape is built in Valencia, Spain.

* ‘MRLP’ is the manufacturer’s recommended list price as provided by our data provider and is subject to change, so is provided to you for indicative purposes only. Please note that MRLP is inclusive of GST, but is exclusive of any options and does not include on-road costs such as registration, CTP, stamp duty and dealer delivery. Where an MRLP is stated as a price range, this reflects the lowest to highest MRLP provided for that model range across the available variants.
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