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What's Wrong with the Ford Escape?

The Ford Escape has a total of 3700 complaints. The majority of the complaints involve the transmission (19%) followed by the engine (16%) and the body (12%).

We'd recommend avoiding the 2nd generation (2008–2012) which has the worst overall PainRank™ of 56.74

How Escape Generations Rank

Gen Model Years Complaints PainRank (?)
3rd Gen Escape 2013–2018 654 39.95
2nd Gen Escape 2008–2012 1500 56.74
1st Gen Escape 2001–2007 1546 47.67

Worst Overall Escape Complaints

Let's take a look at the most common Escape complaints submitted to over the years.

The complaints are sorted by their PainRank™ which is a score calculated by combining data points such as 1) how long does it take for the problem to start 2) how much does it cost to fix 3) what rank did owners assign to this problem, etc.

Most Complained About Escape Years

A quick look at which years have the highest complaint volumes. Clicking on the year will take you to their problem pages on