2012 Ford Escape Review

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2012 Ford Escape
MSRP Range:
$21,440 - $34,830 | Dealer Pricing
Fuel Economy:
18 MPG city / 23 MPG highway
2.5L I4
Four Wheel Drive,Front Wheel Drive


The 2012 Escape is the little brother in Ford’s SUV lineup and was first introduced in 2008. The 2012 Ford Escape comes in five trims, including a hybrid model, which gets 31 miles per gallon on the highway which qualifies as the best fuel economy in the SUV market. The hybrid carries a retail price of $31,395, while the basic four-cylinder model is a more modest $22,065.

You can get the ford escape in two hybrid models for the Sports Utility and Limited Sports Utility Escape models; as well as three standard models: the Sports Utility, Limited Sports Utility, and the XLS Sport Utility.

This vehicle is great for family vacations and offers all the storage space and comfort you need for a long road trip or even some off-road adventures. It has decent towing capacity but wasn’t built for hauling heavy loads. The availability of all-wheel drive and Ford’s voice activated Sync system makes this a nice option for any family’s needs.


The pricing on the 2012 Ford Escape varies with whichever trim you choose:

The sticker price on the XLS Sport Utility model comes in at $21,440. The Escape XLT comes in at $24,870.

The Limited Sport Utility is the most expensive of the non-hybrid models at $26,370.

The 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid’s pricing starts with the Sport Utility at $30,570, and the Limited Sport Utility has a sticker price of $33,080.


All models of the 2012 Ford Escape offer convenient keyless entry systems, internal power outlets, and power doors and locks. The Limited models offer extra conveniences like a compass and headlights that power on automatically. All models offer folding rear seats, while the Limited models provide heated front seats. Each trim on the 2012 Escape features privacy glass and a roof rail for additional storage capacity if needed.

The Limited models offer high technology options like an internal GPS system and voice activated controls. These features of the Escape make it easier for the driver to get wherever they are going, as well as help keep their attention on the road.

Every model on the 2012 Escape offers good gas mileage for its class. The Hybrid gets up to 31 miles per gallon on the highway, and 34 miles in the city. The inline engines are either four-wheel or all-wheel drive and get 26-28 miles per gallon on the highway and 20-23 miles per gallon in the city. The V6 engine models get 23-25 miles per gallon on the highway and 18-19 miles per gallon in the city.


The 2012 Ford Escape is a great option for families who need plenty of room for the kids soccer practice runs or for family trips. The gas mileage and below average ownership cost make the Ford Escape a good choice for the budget-minded consumer. If you are looking for models with similar characteristics, you should check out the Honda CR-V, the Subaru Forester, the Toyota RAV4, or the Suzuki Grand Vitara.


All models of the 2012 Ford Escape come standard with certain safety features to give you peace of mind while driving with your family. The safety seat anchors make getting a car seat installed easy and painless. The fog lights help see through hazardous weather conditions.

The 2012 Ford Escape Limited Sport Utility model offers heated outside mirrors and a rear wiper to increase visibility. The Escape Hybrid Limited Sports Utility model offers enhanced safety features like parking distance control and a rear view camera. All models of the 2012 Escape provide all-around airbags to protect you and your passengers in the event of a crash.

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