Notes: The 2005 Escape has problems where the engine shuts down while driving. Ford finally issued a September 2014 recall. Time will tell if the recall fix really solves the problem.

However the 2005 Escape also has a defect where the PCM (Power Control Module) fries at around 100k miles. Ford extended the PCM warranty to 80,000 miles, but only after most owners were past the mileage limit. Now owners are on the hook for the average repair cost of over $2,000 (!!)

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NCAP 5-Star Crash Test & Rollover Safety Ratings

Driver FrontPassenger FrontDriver SidePassenger SideRollover
2005 Escape 4-DR.*************1********
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2005 Escape Hybrid 4-DR******************not tested

1 The rollover ratings apply only to vehicles manufactured between January 2004 and mid-summer 2004, which the manufacturer introduced early as Model Year 2005 vehicles.

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IIHS Crash Test & Rollover Safety Ratings

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2005 Ford Escape 4-door SUV

Moderate Overlap FrontSmall Overlap DriverSmall Overlap PassengerSide1Rear2Rollover
A Overall
A Structure
A Head/Neck Injury
G Chest Injury
A Left Leg Injury
P Right Leg Injury
G Restraints
Full IIHS Moderate Overlap Crash Test report »
Not tested. Not tested. G Overall
A Structure
G Head Protection
G Head/Neck Injury
G Torso Injury
A Pelvis/Legs Injury
Rear Passenger
G Head Protection
G Head/Neck Injury
G Torso Injury
G Pelvis/Legs Injury
Full IIHS Side Impact Crash Test report »
A Overall
G Geometry
A Dynamic
Full IIHS Rear Impact Crash Test report »
Not tested.

1 — With optional side airbags. Applies only to models built after Aug 2004. With optional side airbags

2 — All seats.

Ratings only apply to the model and body or seat type tested. The date of manufacture and optional safety equipment can affect results. For full details see

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