Best Bet
  • (4.4) 62 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,831–$8,043
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 20-34
  • Engine: 133-hp, 2.3-liter I-4 (gas hybrid)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Seats: 5
2005 Ford Escape

Our Take on the Latest Model 2005 Ford Escape

What We Don't Like

  • Noise
  • Short seat bottoms
  • Construction quality
  • Slow Hybrid distribution
  • Hybrid brakes not linear
  • Hybrid power flow/navigation screen too small
  • Long waits, inflated sale prices likely for Hybrid
  • No sunroof option for Hybrid

Notable Features

  • More powerful four-cylinder
  • Available V-6
  • Availability of new &quot
  • Intelligent&quot
  • automatic 4WD
  • Optional Safety Canopy rollover protection
  • Hybrid powertrain offered in mid-2004

Consumer Reviews

4.4

Average based on 62 reviews

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Amazing for first vehicle

by Warrior2019 from Fort Wayne on October 19, 2017

Met all my standards for my first vehicle and I would get another on in the future. Best car to get me on road trips, to and from school and to and from work.

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14 Trims Available

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2005 Ford Escape Safety Ratings

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NHTSA Ratings

Based on Ford Escape Hybrid

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Ford Escape Hybrid

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 6 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,800 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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