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2012 Ford Escape

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$5,341 — $15,229 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
23-25 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Tough exterior styling
  • Comfortable, if floaty, ride
  • Large center console
  • Good sight lines
  • Low-speed steering ease

The Bad

  • Handling and braking
  • Noisy four-cylinder
  • Rudimentary interior
  • Several steps to fold backseat
  • No telescoping steering wheel
2012 Ford Escape exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Ford Escape
  • Self-parking option
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Available manual transmission
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Hybrid version available

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Escape is Ford's smallest crossover SUV. The Escape's competition includes the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Equinox and Hyundai Tucson. The Escape Hybrid is listed separately in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2012
There are no significant changes for 2012.

Exterior
The Escape has a plunging chrome grille in some trim levels that would be equally at home on a Volkswagen Jetta or Golf. A raised hood and high belt line may make this SUV look tougher, but they don't do much for visibility. Exterior features include:

  • Capless refueling nozzle instead of fuel cap
  • 16- or 17-inch wheels
  • Blind spot display in side mirrors


Interior
The Escape seats five in two rows of seats. The rear seat is split 60/40 and folds to increase cargo space. Ford's optional voice-activated Sync multimedia system includes traffic and weather information. Interior features include:

  • Standard cruise control
  • Available ambient lighting
  • Available Sync multimedia interface
  • Standard MP3 jack
  • Available backup camera, displayed in navigation system or rearview mirror


Under the Hood
The Escape's optional self-parking system handles all the steering required for parallel parking. The driver must still shift the transmission into gear, as well as operate the gas and brake pedals. The driver can override the system and steer the car if needed. Mechanical features include:

  • 171-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder (171 pounds-feet of torque)
  • 240-hp...
Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Escape is Ford's smallest crossover SUV. The Escape's competition includes the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Equinox and Hyundai Tucson. The Escape Hybrid is listed separately in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2012
There are no significant changes for 2012.

Exterior
The Escape has a plunging chrome grille in some trim levels that would be equally at home on a Volkswagen Jetta or Golf. A raised hood and high belt line may make this SUV look tougher, but they don't do much for visibility. Exterior features include:

  • Capless refueling nozzle instead of fuel cap
  • 16- or 17-inch wheels
  • Blind spot display in side mirrors


Interior
The Escape seats five in two rows of seats. The rear seat is split 60/40 and folds to increase cargo space. Ford's optional voice-activated Sync multimedia system includes traffic and weather information. Interior features include:

  • Standard cruise control
  • Available ambient lighting
  • Available Sync multimedia interface
  • Standard MP3 jack
  • Available backup camera, displayed in navigation system or rearview mirror


Under the Hood
The Escape's optional self-parking system handles all the steering required for parallel parking. The driver must still shift the transmission into gear, as well as operate the gas and brake pedals. The driver can override the system and steer the car if needed. Mechanical features include:

  • 171-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder (171 pounds-feet of torque)
  • 240-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 (223 pounds-feet of torque)
  • Available six-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard five-speed manual
  • Drive-by-wire throttle control


Safety
The Escape features as standard MyKey, which allows owners to create settings for teen drivers such as a top speed limit, maximum stereo volume and alerts if the driver goes faster than 45 mph. Standard safety equipment includes:

  • Electronic stability system with Roll Stability Control
  • Antilock brakes
  • Dual-stage front airbags
  • Front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
132 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

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(5.0)

Most reliable car I ever owned

by Legitimate review from Ann Arbor, Michigan on November 28, 2018

Mine was in excellent condition with 150,000 miles. It felt like it was pulled right off the lot. I can?t say if u get this car it will be as nice as mine, but if it appears to run great and look ... Read full review

(2.0)

Catalytic converter went bad after

by Njijay from New Jersey on October 25, 2018

Gave Ford a chance to see what an American auto manufacturer offered and what I got was a faulty throttle control unit that was fixed for free when it happened, which was a terrible experience when it ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Ford Escape currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Ford Escape has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Ford

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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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