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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
350 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2012 Ford Escape transmission problems

transmission problem

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2012 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 122011

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while traveling 20 mph she attempted to depress the accelerator but received no response. The contact mentioned that the gears then engaged which caused the vehicle to lunge forward. After depressing and holdingthe accelerator down, the vehicle began to function normally. The vehicle was able to be driven to the contact's destination. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was to replicate it twice while test driving the vehicle. The manufacturer was contacted about the issue. The failure mileage was 200 and the current mileage was 5,100. Updated 11/07/12 the consumer stated the there a definite stronghesitation around 20 mph. There was also a problem at higher speeds.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #1

Nov 302011

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle began to hesitate while accelerating. The contact also noticed that the vehicle would decelerate when driving at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing where the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 500. Updated 03/16/12 updated 05/03/12

- Wolfeboro, NH, USA

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