Consumer Reviews Summary
41 of 45 (91%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2012 Ford Escape Overview
The rugged and reliable 2012 Ford Escape doesn’t offer much in the way of new design, but does pack in some great new technology features along with the best fuel economy in its class.
Available in three trim models – XLS, XLT, and Limited – the 2012 Ford Escape offers some new features as well as the traditional stalwarts (good sight lines, large center console, comfortable ride, and tough exterior styling) that can be counted on from Ford’s smallest crossover SUV.
New to 2012, Electric Power-assisted Steering (EPAS) comes standard on all trim models. MyKey technology is standard, allowing owners with teen drivers to set limits on top speed, maximum stereo volume, and set an alert if the driver exceeds 45 mph. The optional voice-activated SYNC allows drivers hands-free phone usage, audio-system control, and three-years of SYNC service which provides turn-by-turn instructions and point-of-interest information searches.
The XLS comes standard with a 171-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, with either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The XLT and Limited trim levels have an optional 240-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 FFV (Flex Fuel Vehicle) engine, which is only available with the six-speed automatic transmission. The Class II Trailer Towing Package provides V-6 equipped Escapes with a towing capability up to 3500 pounds. All trim levels are available in front- or four-wheel drive.
The four-cylinder, front wheel drive version provides the best fuel economy: 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Fuel economy drops a bit with four-wheel drive, coming in at 20/26 mpg city/highway. Front-wheel drive V-6 fuel economy is rated at 19/25 mpg and the four-wheel drive V-6 comes in at 18/23 mpg.
The roomy interior seats five, with 31.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seats, and 67.2 cubic feet with the second row seating folded down. Standard features include cruise control, auxiliary audio input jack, cruise control, and air conditioning. The XLT and Limited trims offer optional leather seating with heated front seats, and a Moon and Tune package with a sunroof and seven-speaker sound system upgrade. Folding down the rear seats can be cumbersome, and leaves the Ford engineering team some room for improvement.
Standard safety equipment includes antilock brakes, electronic stability system with Roll Stability Control, and six airbags.
The 2012 Ford Escape provides a wide range of options and features to suit any driver in the market for a family-friendly crossover SUV.