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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,925 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2013 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 272014

Escape 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,800 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated coming to a stop suddenly the contact foot slipped off of the brake pedal causing him to move forward. The contact felt the pedal was too small. The both dealer and manufacturer were made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 6,800. Updated 8/28/14 updated 09/17/2014

- Chester, VA, USA

problem #3

Jun 092014


  • 12,000 miles
TL the contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle stalled and all the indicators on the instrument panel illuminated. The vehicle failed to restart and was towed to the dealer. The dealer stated that the return spring on the brake pedal needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 12,000. Jcc

- Hayward, WI, USA

problem #2

Jan 012013


  • miles
2013 Ford Escape. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle hood damage by dealership and several recalls.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #1

Jul 192012

Escape 4-cyl

  • 900 miles
2013 Ford Escape recall NHTSA campaign id no. 12V319000. This is a serious problem. I cannot drive the car safely without removing my right shoe. The pedals are too close together. I really don't see how streaming the carpet to the left of the gas pedal is going to make any differences. I have to kiddy-corner my foot over to the gas pedal as it is now.

- Richardson, TX, USA

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