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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4.6

I deserved this

I bought a 09 Escape Limited with a V6 and AWD. It was a great decision, I absolutely love it. There are so many little extras to make my time in the car enjoyable. I work hard and it was nice to get a few creature comforts for just me. It has more than ample power, handles exceptional and I'm getting 23.8 MPG in mixed commuting. One drawback would be the steps necessary to drop the rear seats, but how often do you do that right? Overall, it's a winner!

4.3

most impressive

I have been extremely impressed with this vehicle. The only thing I have noticed is that it takes a second to respond when you try to accellerate so I don't take chances. Very comfortable, I didn't get the loaded version but still very nice. The axle seal did need to be replaced under warranty, and I had no problem after that. Very satisfied

5.0

5thford

I HAD CASH TO BUY A NEW CAR, I HAVE ALWAYS OWNED FORDS. I CHOSE THE ESCAPE, BECAUSE IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL SUV. IT IS SO COMFORTABLE TO RIDE AND DRIVE. NOT TO MENTION THE FUEL ECONOMY IS GREAT! I WOULD BUY ANOTHER ONE TOMORROW! THE ONLY THING I HAVE FOUND THAT IS A PAIN, THE TRUNK HAS IT'S OWN ELECTRIC MOTOR AND IS THE ONLY WAY TO OPEN THE TRUNK. MINE BURNT OUT BECAUSE THE PLASTIC FROM MANUFACTURER WAS WRAPPED IN MOTOR SO IT WAS RUNNING CONSTANTLY AND IT BLEW THE LITTLE MOTOR> OTHERWISE I AM A PROUD ESCAPE OWNER!

2.4

LemonAID!!!

Transmition has been worked on 5 times. Thank goodness that we had an extended warranty. This may have turned us off Ford's forever

4.7

Great Value for the $$

Purchased the car used with 30K miles- only warranty issue was a squeaky liftgate, and noise from the front disc brake promptly fixed by the local dealer under the remaining warranty. Drove 2500 miles across the country and the mileage averaged 27.0 with the car fully loaded. Very comfortable, and great mileage. Next will be some low-intensity off-roading in the Arizona desert to check out the 4WD.

5.0

Best Car Manufacturer Yet

I just bought a Ford Edge for my wife and a Taurus for myself. I liked the Escape, but the Edge even more. So, I went with the Edge. I drive the Taurus and love it. Ford is without a doubt the best car manufacturer.

4.6

Great Ride

The car buying ordeal was a nightmare, but despite the dealer doing everything they could to leave a lasting, bitter taste in my mouth, the Escape is wonderful. The gas mileage is outstanding -- 24 mpg highway in real driving conditions, 19 city. The cargo space is unbeatable and everything is easily accessible. The one complaint with options is the glove box space is lacking compared to the Toyota Celica I had been driving for years, but that is now an issue in all cars with passenger side airbags. There are a few annoying features, for instance, the interior lights stay on for an extended period after you get out of the vehicle before they dim so if you have turned on a dome light and can't remember if it's on the on or off position, you have to lock the door then stand and wait for what seems forever to watch to see if the dome lights are out. This setting, unlike most others, cannot be changed. Another issue is when you fold down the rear seat to make cargo space, the three rear seat headrests do not tuck away, which means they are now placed in the cargo area in additon to the cargo. would have liked a storage space for these. Also, the Escape does not handle as well as my Toyota Celica did, but it handles much better than other SUV's, including Jeep, Toyota, Honda and Subaru. With any non-Hyundai/Kia, the car is overpriced, but so far I am very happy with the reliability, looks, handling, etc. The vehicle is 1.5 years old with 16,000 miles and some long road trips. I bought the Escape as I am an avid triathlete, golfer and soccer player so am often carting around bikes, clubs and wet clothing. The Escape is easy to load and unload from the rear and side doors, and also has a handy wet gear storage area in the cargo space for things like wet clothes so they don't have to sit on the carpeted floor and lead to smelly carpet later. Love the vehicle and am very glad I finally gave up the Toyota.

4.3

The car I dream for my wife

I found a nice car, good price, good deal and just a rare sound in the steering, but I'm glad with my new car

4.3

Luxury SUV for Little Money

I bought my '09 Escape Limited Edition in July 2009 after selling my '00 convertible Mustang. I never knew how uncomfortable I was in the Mustang until I started riding high in the Escape. It's very comfortable seating, stylish and has great features in the Limited Edition. I didn't want anything other than the limited because of the additional features it offered such as leather seats, "bun warmers", chrome detailing, ambience interior lighting, fog lights, active sync for hands free phone operation, exterior pin striping, sun roof, and more. I love having the audio controls on the steering wheel. That's a great feature. All the luxuries that normally come with a higher priced vehicle. It rides smooth and has a lot of get up when on the freeway. Never thought I'd like the switch from the Mustang, but I was completely fooled. I love it.

5.0

This is my Second Escape, My 2008 saved my life.

These Escapes are realy solidly put togeter. They have a full frame giving a feeling you are in a truck. I am realy thankful for this because I had a 2008 that was in a major accident. Whithout question, the Escape saved my life. I walked away with no injurys. I have now bought a 2010 and enjoy it immensly pulling a trailer that is 3500 lbs without any trouble.