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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
200 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2013 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 092012

Escape SE 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9 miles


Have yet to take back to the dealer but will do so, but it should not be happening with a new car with only 1000 miles on it!

- rprice101, Homewood, AL, US

problem #1

Aug 102012

Escape SE 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 330 miles

Have filled up 6 times since buying and has problem each time. Indicator tells me that i have 25 miles left of gas. That should be approx 1 gal left. Tank size is 15.1.

when i fill up will only need 11.5 to 11.75 gallons. Where are the other 3 gallons? One time I tried top off more and got up to 12 gal and gas overspilled. Took to dealer and even though they seem to agree with me that this high tech vehicle should be be more accurate to allow me full use of tank on a trip, and that I should not have to assume I have 3 gallons left when car tells me 1 gallon, their offical position right now is that it is within an acceptable range to Ford. Talked to manager at dealership and he seemed to agree with me but had no solution?

- Tom H., Powell, OH, US

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