Notes: The 2012 Ford Escape has an acceptable complaint history so far, with leaking rear window problems showing up as the main concern so far. NHTSA complaint data shows an early pattern of problems with stalling while driving.

Another concern is the 2012 Escape rolled onto its roof during an NHTSA side impact test so it only received a marginal side impact rating ... not good.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,491 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2012 Ford Escape fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2012 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #5

Aug 022012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 34 miles


Sometimes when you step on the gas the car won't go. And then lurches forward. This is a problem that the dealer has not been able to duplicate.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #4

Jul 152013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 4,849 miles
Note, this has occurred at varying times/dates since purchase of the vehicle in 2012, has not just occurred at the date listed. When accelerating, the vehicle will have a prolonged hesitation and even a loss in speed when switching via the automatic transmission from 2nd to 3rd gear. This occurs every time the vehicle is driven, not randomly. Also, when getting up to highway speed, there is a hesitation if you touch the gas to accelerate up to the highway speed; it will hesitate a few seconds before kicking into acceleration mode.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 132011


  • 50,000 miles
Vehicle fell on its face while cruise was set at seventy, several mechanics are dumbfounded! !!

- Pineville , LA, USA

problem #2

Mar 092012

Escape 4-cyl

  • 325 miles
Vehicle stalls intermittently when driving at various freeway speeds. Pressing all the way down on the gas pedal the vehicle recovers acceleration. The vehicle was checked by an authorized dealer at 325 mi. On the odometer and "no vehicle problem found". vehicle has experienced eight freeway incidents of stalls in 3908 mi.on the odometer, the stalls have occurred at different speeds or vehicle maneuvers.

- Walnut Creek, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 092012


  • 75 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the fuel cap was missing from the vehicle. When the contact would refuel, he could smell an overpowering gasoline fuel odor being emitted from the vehicle by the time he reached his destination. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they advised that the newer Ford Escape models were being manufactured without a fuel cap. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 75. The VIN was unavailable.

- Garlend, TX, USA

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