Notes: The 2013 Ford Escape has been in the news quite a bit and for all the wrong reasons. Within a few months of its release the SUV was recalled three times, twice because of engine fires.

In July 2012, due to a fuel line that could split and leak, Ford told owners to park their cars because even driving to the dealership for repairs was deemed too dangerous. Instead, in a somewhat unprecedented move, Ford sent tow trucks to pick up the affected vehicles and handed out rental cars while the owners waited for repairs.

A few months later the Escape was recalled again because antifreeze could leak out onto the engine due to a freeze plug becoming dislodged. As the coolant hit the hot engine there was, once again, a threat for fire.

The 2013 is the first model year of the Escape's 3rd generation and proves once again that you want to avoid the first model year when at all possible.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
19,650 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. push "off" button (1 reports)
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2013 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 012015

Escape 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles


Paid for the fix. Warranty expired 3 months ago. Radio could not shut off even with key removed. Drained battery. Just another problem with this vehicle and all the recalls.

- Tom R., Sterling Heights, MI, US

problem #3

Apr 022014

Escape SEL 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles

Just outright incompetence on the part of Ford, who went absolutely Ape-(droppings) over that InSynch bull (droppings) but can't get something simple like this fixed.

- inkster tourist, St. Martin, MO, US

problem #2

Mar 302014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,500 miles

My radio, cd player and phone is not working. The radio/cd will not turn on. I have to reject the cd and re-enter the cd to get radio/cd to turn on then I am able to change from cd to radio and vice versa. In the mean time when I receive a phone call I am unable to accept or make a call. What the hell!

- Anita R., Palestine, TX, US

problem #1

Mar 022013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles

When opening up the driver door with key off and out of the ignition, the radio stays on. The only way to shut off the radio is to shut the driver door restart the vehicle and the shut it back off. Next you cross your fingers and open the door. If that doesn't work the first time, try, try again.

- Kris G., Warren, MI, US

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