2020 Ford Escape  RealSafeCars83Safety Rating

#39 of 2020 SUVs

#62 of all 2020 vehicles


The Escape, a mainstay of Ford's lineup since 2001, is a small SUV with seating up to 5. It has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Ford Escape has exceptional horsepower for its class, packing substantial oomph. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it can easily handle mud, snow, and sand. Ford offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2020 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 2020 Ford Escape has a score of 83, implying a 0.038% chance of driver death (3.4% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.033%, and the chance of injury falls to 2.9%.

We estimate that the 2020 Ford Escape has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0379% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 4.3226%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0379% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 4.3226% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2020 Ford Escape is 21% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2020 Ford Escape is 10% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

2020 Ford Escape offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 14%.

Active safety features with Ford's Co-Pilot360 greatly enhance occupant safety by reducing the likelihood of a crash. Active safety systems that are standard on the Ford Escape include: Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping System, and BLIS Blind Spot Detection with Cross-Traffic Alert.


And it is about as safe as many comparable models.

9570Buick EnvisionJeep CherokeeHyundai Santa FeKia SorentoNissan MuranoJeep Grand CherokeeFord EdgeLincoln CorsairFord EscapeVolkswagen TiguanGMC AcadiaToyota HighlanderComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2020 Ford Escape with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 70 to 95. The 2020 Ford Escape is safer than the 2020 Buick Envision, the 2020 Jeep Cherokee, the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe, the 2020 Kia Sorento, and the 2020 Nissan Murano and less safe than the 2020 Ford Edge and the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It is about as safe as the 2020 Toyota Highlander, the 2020 GMC Acadia, the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan, and the 2020 Lincoln Corsair.

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