Ford Escape Years to Avoid [Best & Worst Period]

Whenever you are planning to buy a vehicle, whether it be a new or used one, there always is a fear factor inside the person’s mind if the vehicle will last him a good amount of time or not. For this reason, some people will decide to do research and decide if the vehicle is worth purchasing. Today, we are going to be helping out those people who are looking to buy a Ford Escape.

There have been a lot of model releases for the Ford Escape which leads to the question “What is the best ford escape model?”. Well, in this article, we’ll be answering not only that question but also telling you which Ford Escape model years you should avoid and also what to look for when buying a used Ford Escape.

1st Generation years to avoid

  • Years to avoid 2005-2007
  • Best years 2001-2004

The initial releases of the Escape weren’t that bad but as for the later releases of the 1st generation, they just kept getting worse. The 2005 model is considered the worst model by many people.

2nd Generation years to avoid

  • Worst years 2008-2009
  • Best years 2010-2012

The years 2008 and 2009 are the worst for the 2nd generation because of the many transmission problems that these models had. The other models also had transmission problems but they weren’t that common.

3rd Generation years to avoid

  • Worst years 2013-2014
  • Best years 2015-2019

The 2013 and 2014 escape models are also ones that you should avoid as these models suffer from severe reliability issues and problems that are difficult plus expensive to get fixed. The models from 2015 onwards are all really good and a great choice.

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Ford Escape Best Years

If you want to know the best year for Ford Escape Titanium but do not know which one it is, then worry not as you’ll find out the answer to that question right now.

Most reliable Ford escape year: 2010

There are a lot of ford escape model years and choosing the best one can be a bit tricky on your own. Luckily, you will have to look no further to find out which one it is. The 2010 Ford Escape is by far the most reliable Ford Escape model year. The 2010 Ford Escape offers a lot of interior space for cargo and passengers and provides enough legroom for passengers so that they can travel long distances without feeling uncomfortable.

It features an exceptionally electronic system and puts most modern SUVs to shame. The best part about this vehicle is that for being the best Ford Escape model year, it isn’t the most expensive as it is more than a decade old by now. For people who were wondering what is the best ford escape model year, well here you have your answer.


Next up on the list of the Ford Escape’s best year, we have the 2011 Ford Escape. Although the previous model of this vehicle was ranked the best one, the 2011 Ford Escape retains the number two spot which is still impressive. The 2011 Ford Escape still offers the spacious interior and cutting-edge technology of the 2010 Ford Escape.

What puts it at the number two spot though is the reliability of the Ford Escape 2011. Its safety rating is at an average of 7 by many reviewers and J.D. Power gives it a 3 out of 5 rating. It is only lacking in terms of its reliability but it is still a solid choice to pick up today. 2011 is one the best year for Ford Escape Titanium.


The 2015 Ford Escape comes up next and it is quite a good vehicle. It still comes with the big interior that Ford Escape fans all know and love. The 2015 Ford Escape also gets a huge reliability rating from reviewers. The Ford Escape received a safety rating of about 8.4 out of 10. With such a high rating, this vehicle is very unlikely to break down and even if it does, it will not cost you much for its maintenance.


The 2020 Ford Escape is a fairly new release. The great thing about it is that it offers several convenient features and also won’t cost you as much as some other new releases. The 2020 Ford Escape has a very good user-friendly infotainment system. It also has a special mechanism that allows its engine to decrease its output when the extra output is not necessarily required.

This will allow the vehicle to obtain an increased gas mileage. It also boasts a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Many people think this is the best Ford escape engine for this reason. The new 2020 Ford Escape is one of the best ford escape years to buy.

Escape faults by year


Escape years to avoid 

  • 2005
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2013
  • 2014

What year is the most reliable Ford Escape?

The 2010 Ford Escape is no doubt the best model year for the Ford Escape because of its reliability, pricing, and features. Although, some other model years like 2011 and 2015 are also really good and may be considered the most reliable by some other people.

Which Ford Escape engine is best?

The FWD 2.5L non-turbo engine is the most reliable option for the Ford Escape and may be the best if you are looking for consistency and reliability over speed.

What year Ford Escape has transmission problems?

The 2014 and 2008 model years of the Ford Escape had the most severe and common transmission problems. Some other models of the Ford Escape also faced transmission problems but they just occurred less frequently.

Is it worth it to buy a Ford Escape?

The Ford Escape is an incredibly good option for anyone who wants to own a really good SUV to carry several people and cargo at once.

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