2004 Ford Escape

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Key Specs
Our Take
Safety & Recalls
Warranty & CPO
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Key Specs

of the 2004 Ford Escape. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Easy maneuverability
  • V-6 performance
  • Interior space
  • Fuel economy with four-cylinder
  • Five-star crash-test rating

The Bad

  • Noise
  • Short seat bottoms
  • Construction quality
  • ABS not standard

Notable Features of the 2004 Ford Escape

  • Carlike qualities
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Available Automatic 4WD
  • Compact size
  • Hybrid powertrain offered in mid-2004

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Consumer Reviews

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Interior Design
Value For The Money

What Drivers Are Saying


Very reliable, low maintenance

by Mahkay from Texas on October 20, 2018

Great midsized SUV, Drove it for 14 years without major issues. 2 new batteries , spark plugs and 1 alternator was all that was Replaced. Not bad at all. Read full review


Super reliable!

by J.Burgner from San Diego, Ca on June 26, 2018

I have owned this car for the last 6 years and prechased it with 123k miles on it. I have loved it te entire time and never had any major issues at all. Super reliable and a great car! Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2004 Ford Escape currently has 8 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2004 Ford Escape has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Escape received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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