2017 Ford Escape  RealSafeCars81Safety Rating

#30 of 2017 SUVs

#59 of all 2017 vehicles


Pictured: 2020 Ford Escape
The Escape, part 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. It handles mud, snow, and sand with ease with optional all-wheel drive (AWD). The Ford Escape has some real zest, surpassing typical horsepower for its class. Ford offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2017 Ford Escape is average 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 2017 Ford Escape has a score of 81, implying a 0.041% chance of driver death (3.7% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2017 Ford Escape has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0413% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 4.7119%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0413% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 4.7119% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2017 Ford Escape is 14% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2017 Ford Escape is 1% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

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But it is safer than many comparable models.

9064M. Outlander SportGMC TerrainMitsubishi OutlanderHyundai TucsonVolkswagen TiguanToyota RAV4Mazda CX-5Ford EscapeJeep CompassSubaru ForesterJeep CherokeeKia SportageComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2017 Ford Escape with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 64 to 90. The 2017 Ford Escape is safer than the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, the 2017 GMC Terrain, the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander, the 2017 Hyundai Tucson, the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan, the 2017 Toyota RAV4, the 2017 Kia Sportage, the 2017 Jeep Cherokee, and the 2017 Subaru Forester and less safe than the 2017 Mazda CX-5.

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