2018 Ford Escape  RealSafeCars81Safety Rating

#27 of 2018 SUVs

#50 of all 2018 vehicles


Pictured: 2020 Ford Escape
The Escape, part of Ford's lineup since 2001, is a small SUV with seating up to 5. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it can easily bypass mud and snow. The Escape has offered Android Auto and Apple CarPlay since 2017. Having more than average horsepower for its class, the Escape packs some oomph. Ford offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2018 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 2018 Ford Escape has a score of 81, implying a 0.041% chance of driver death (3.7% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2018 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 2018 Ford Escape is 14% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2018 Ford Escape is 1% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

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But it is safer than many comparable models.

9162M. Outlander SportMitsubishi OutlanderHyundai TucsonJeep CherokeeToyota RAV4Kia SportageMazda CX-5Jeep CompassFord EscapeVolkswagen TiguanGMC TerrainSubaru ForesterComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2018 Ford Escape with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 62 to 91. The 2018 Ford Escape is safer than the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander, the 2018 Hyundai Tucson, the 2018 Jeep Cherokee, the 2018 Toyota RAV4, the 2018 Kia Sportage, and the 2018 Subaru Forester and less safe than the 2018 Mazda CX-5. It is about as safe as the 2018 Jeep Compass.

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