2021 Ford Escape  RealSafeCars79Safety Rating

#50 of 2021 SUVs

#91 of all 2021 vehicles


Pictured: 2020 Ford Escape
The Escape, a mainstay of Ford's lineup since 2001, is a small SUV with seating up to 5. The Escape has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Escape provides superior EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, easing fuel costs and reducing pollution. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it bypasses mud and snow with ease. 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 2021 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 2021 Ford Escape has a score of 79, implying a 0.043% chance of driver death (3.8% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2021 Ford Escape has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0429% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 4.8955%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0429% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 4.8955% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2021 Ford Escape is 11% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2021 Ford Escape is 2% more likely to result in a fatal accident.

Active safety features with Ford's Co-Pilot360 can substantially reduce the risks of harm to vehicle occupants by preventing severe accidents. The following active safety systems are included even on lower trims/versions of the 2021 Ford Escape: 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.

9655Kia SeltosHonda HR-VKia SportageJeep CherokeeSubaru ForesterFord EscapeMazda CX-5Toyota RAV4Nissan RogueGMC TerrainChevrolet EquinoxSubaru OutbackComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2021 Ford Escape with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 55 to 96. The 2021 Ford Escape is safer than the 2021 Kia Seltos, the 2021 Honda HR-V, the 2021 Kia Sportage, and the 2021 Jeep Cherokee and less safe than the 2021 GMC Terrain, the 2021 Nissan Rogue, the 2021 Toyota RAV4, and the 2021 Mazda CX-5. It is about as safe as the 2021 Subaru Forester, the 2021 Subaru Outback, and the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox.

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