2009 Ford Escape consumer reviews

$20,435–$23,395 MSRP range
side view of 2009 Escape Ford
89% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value for the money 4.2
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 4.3
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Horrible car!!

The worst car ever!!!! Left me dead on the side of the road way to many times. Too many problems with the transmission. Would literally just TURN OFF WHILE DRIVING! Will never buy another Ford escape!!!! Do not waste ur money


Inspect for RUST before buying!

2009 Escape XLT V6, bought 01/2010 w/19K miles, now 175K miles. Anyone considering buying needs to do a thorough undercarriage inspection for rust. Also inspect the tailgate and tailgate window hinges. My Escape has been great, but RUST is BAD. Replaced tailgate window hinges ($170) several years ago. Tailgate above bumper started rusting badly years ago, opening a wide gap at base that I filled with GreatStuff then coated with Evercoat Fibertech. Same for a hole in driver door. Worst rust for 2009 Escape is undercarriage -recommend research that (subframe/shock towers -etc). Front subframe/engine cradle rusts badly -quoted $1,400 to replace. Undercarriage on mine is rusting badly, and I've always flushed the salt out regularly. Beware the rust for this model.


Waste of money.

I bought a 2009 escape back in February and I have already been stranded about three times by it breaking down. In the process of buying it I had test drove many other escapes and many of them had the same issues that my current escape has, the transmission goes out FAST. it was perfect when I bought it I thought the other ones that were shifting hard and shaking were just beat up but I had all the fluids and oil changed regularly and I never was hard on it, it just went a few miles to work and back with me and from February to July it has had a new problem every week. They have a rust issue under the tire wells and my exhaust is rusting off from Michigan weather and apparently the 2009s have an issue with the belt slipping off. I wish I never wasted the time on it it wasn’t worth the money I paid for it, and the money I spent fixing it’s weekly problems added up quickly.


Still drives very well

This car has met and surpassed a lot of my needs. Although I bought the car used it was still in great condition and runs well.


Good value

4 cyl Drove 400 miles on a tank of gas , it was reliable, excellent in the snow Transmission issues x3 , dealer replaced due the lemon law new transmission at 49,850 - 150 miles before the warranty was up At 112k the power steering fault light came on 1800$ Fix I sold it to my friend he did the repairs, his daughter drives it back and forth to college - all in all I got my money‘s worth , I do recommend this vehicle


290,000 Miles & Still Going Strong!

My 2009 Ford Escape was my work vehicle from July 2009 until August 2019 (I still have it but my 16 year old daughter drives it now). I never missed a service visit, and it never failed me on the road. At the end I was running about 25 MPG Hwy, and 20 MPG City. The Escape is especially gentle on tires as I had one all-season set on for 100,000 miles. Hardly ever needed break service, but most of my mileage was highway. My ONLY real complaints are the cloth seats, and the fact that this model tends to rust at the rear wheel wells. The cloth seats stain extremely easy, even with a water spill. I eventually put in front seat covers, but would put them on all seats from the beginning if I had to do it over again. I understand from my mechanic that the wheel well rusting is common due to the design (I live in Indiana and we have lots of salt on the roads in the winter). I have an estimate to fix the rust, but it's going to cost about $1,000/well to do a proper job of it. Since I am an engineer, and I own my business, I kept detailed accounts of the maintenance costs and they have averaged $0.04/mile to date which I think is outstanding. Unfortunately Ford ruined the latest Escapes as they are now "cross-overs" whatever the xxxx that means so my new vehicle is a Jeep Wrangler. However, I still love my 2009 Ford Escape as it took great care of me for 10 years, and will take care of my daughter for many more.


Pretty good reliable vehicle,definitely a safe car

This Ford escape, being 11 years old now. Only having it going on 3 years definitely has been a great fit for my family. Definitely is safe with family travels, short and long distances. It's mostly used for commute from work and back, babysitter to home, and grocery store to home.


Economical, reliable, attractive and comfortable

We have enjoyed this vehicle for ten years with zero repairs. We like the looks, economy, comfort, and reliability. Not a luxury vehicle but has all of the best basic features like alloy wheels, cruise control, power windows and locks. No bluetooth but does play mp3 discs and has aux input for playing music from phone.


love my car so much

awesome car love it no issues , this was my first car and i fell in love with it, so much room for all my friends shopping and camping gear


2009 Ford Escape

Everyone needs to take their 2009 escapes to the dealership and have the front subframe looked at . The AC line condensation falls directly onto the subframe and rust so bad the control arm is ready to snap or the motor can fall out. Ford claims the 2009 was not affected. BS !!! Have yours looked at..it is a life and death situation