(4.4) 64 reviews
MSRP: $7,632$16,772
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 23-25
Engine: 171-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: 4x4
Seats: 5
2012 Ford Escape

Our Take on the 2012 Ford Escape

Our Take

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. There are no significant changes for 2012.The Escape has ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Handling and braking
  • Noisy four-cylinder
  • Rudimentary interior
  • Several steps to fold backseat
  • No telescoping steering wheel

Notable Features

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

6 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.