Best Bet
(4.4) 54 reviews
MSRP: $2,024$8,296
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 2005 Ford Escape

Our Take

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


Our Expert Reviews

After my story about the Honda Accord V6 Hybrid a couple of weeks ago, I received plenty of thoughtful e-mail from the Times' astute readership, who had apparently found the column by accident while looking for the Food section.Several writers questioned the break-even calculation comparing the price premium of the Accord Hybrid model (about $3,400 over a similarly equipped V6) with potent... Read full review for the 2005 Ford Escape

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Consumer Reviews


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Great buy

by munkemandan from Greeley/Fort Collins, CO on May 13, 2010

I have had my Escape for about 3 months now and it is the second best vehicle I have owned thus far. The best being an '08 Ford Focus, but it was totaled in an accident. After having the Focus and bei... Read Full Review

14 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 5 recalls for this car.

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