2012 Ford Escape  RealSafeCars70Safety Rating

#48 of 2012 SUVs

#116 of all 2012 vehicles


Pictured: 2020 Ford Escape
The Escape, a mainstay of Ford's lineup since 2001, is a small SUV with seating up to 5. Strong on technology, it has offered Android Auto and Apple CarPlay since 2017. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it handles mud, snow, and sand with ease. Ford offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2012 Ford Escape is somewhat unsafe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2012 Ford Escape has a score of 70, implying a 0.055% chance of driver death (4.9% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2012 Ford Escape has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0546% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 6.2306%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0546% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 6.2306% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2012 Ford Escape is 14% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2012 Ford Escape is 30% more likely to result in a fatal accident.


But it is about as safe as many comparable models.

8054Toyota MatrixSuzuki Grand VitaraMazda 5Nissan RogueMitsubishi OutlanderFord EscapeKia SportageHonda CR-VJeep CompassHyundai TucsonVolkswagen TiguanSubaru ForesterComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2012 Ford Escape with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 54 to 80. The 2012 Ford Escape is safer than the 2012 Toyota Matrix, the 2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara, and the 2012 Mazda 5 and less safe than the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan, the 2012 Hyundai Tucson, the 2012 Jeep Compass, the 2012 Honda CR-V, and the 2012 Kia Sportage. It is about as safe as the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander and the 2012 Subaru Forester.

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