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.


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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
6,875 miles
Total Complaints:
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2013 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #4

May 012014

Escape SEL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles


The leather seats in the Ford Escape (2013) are so uncomfortable. I've had pain in my leg and hips for a couple of years. I can't drive the car for more than an hour, or else my legs will hurt so much that I have trouble sleeping at night. My car actually drives nice, just so uncomfortable to drive it for a long or short trip.

- , Carson City, US

problem #3

Aug 012013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles

The 2013 Ford Escape seats are so uncomfortable and non-ergonomic they are causing SEVERE hip and lower back pain to the point of not being able to walk. I have never had lower pain in my life, but when driving this car everyday I being limping and then get to the point where I literally am unable to walk. These are the most uncomfortable seats for extended driving and everyday use. I do not recommend the 2013 Ford Escape.

- , Beverly Hills, CA, US

problem #2

Apr 202013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles

I started having pain in my neck and face that consisted of muscular pain. This pain continued for 6 months while I was misdiagnosed with sinus infection, TMJ, bulging disc in neck, and spinal stenosis. I had CT scans, MRIs, was told to get braces, and saw 3 dentists, 3 primary care doctors, 1 neurologist, 1 sleep specialist, 1 orthodontist and 1 neurosurgeon. No one could exactly pinpoint what was causing my pain. I did Physical Therapy for 3 months, had bimonthly massages and attended yoga. It would get better when I laid down and slept and I felt best in the morning. But then I would get more and more pain as the day went off. My pain would consist of muscle pain in the neck, shoulders, and pain in my head/face. I would have muscle pain in my face that would be in my nose, teeth, mouth, around my eyes and temples. I started a diary and we started to see that my pain was better when I wasn't driving. So I did an experiment and drove a different car for 1 week, and AMAZINGLY I started feeling better with less pain. I immediately got rid of the car and have now been PAIN-FREE for over a month. This has changed my life and I will NEVER step foot in a FORD again!

- , Dayton, OH, USA

problem #1

Jul 192012

Escape SE 2.5L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,500 miles

Here's how to improve the comfort level of the 2013 Escape seats: make yourself a seat from two simple pieces of plywood, sit on that instead, done! Trust me, plywood is probably softer and more comfortable than the seats this vehicle comes with.

- , Portland, OR, USA

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