in 2012 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $14,262 - $19,443
Original MSRP: $21,440 - $28,120
MPG: 23 City / 28 Hwy
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Used Car: 2012 Ford Escape Review

Review Last Updated: 9/2/14

The Ford Escape offers good fuel economy and test drivers were pleased with its spacious back seat and available high-tech features.

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The base 2012 Ford Escape is powered by a four-cylinder engine. Though test drivers said the base engine produces adequate power for normal driving conditions, most agreed that the V6 engine offers better performance and acceleration. The base Escape earns fuel economy estimates of 23/28 mpg, which is great for the class. When equipped with the V6 engine, the 2012 Escape gets up to 19/25 mpg city/highway. While reviewers felt that the Ford Escape delivers a fairly pleasant ride, they agreed that it can't match the sporty handling offered by competitors like the Honda CR-V. Additionally, reviewers noted that the Escape's suspension does a good job absorbing road imperfections.

Reviewers were unimpressed with the 2012 Ford Escape's interior, which includes odd textures and cheap materials. The Ford Escape seats five, and automotive writers said the rear seat has plenty of legroom for adults. Standard features include power windows, cruise control, an AM/FM stereo with a CD player and an auxiliary input. Ford’s MyKey system is also standard, which lets parents limit the Escape’s top speed and stereo volume to help encourage smart driving habits for younger drivers. Test drivers noted the lack of a telescopic steering wheel, which many competitors often standard. Optional features when the 2012 Escape was new include Ford’s voice-activated SYNC system, which includes an iPod interface and Bluetooth. Reviewers liked some of the Escape's high-tech features, including the available active park assist system, which guides the vehicle into an available parallel spot using sonar and electric power steering. The Ford Escape has 67.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, but test drivers noted that folding the seats can be difficult and requires multiple steps, including removing the headrests. Still, test drivers said the low, flat cargo floor makes loading cargo easy.

Other SUVs to Consider

The GMC Terrain comes with more standard features, including a rearview camera and a touch screen. Reviewers liked the Terrain's upscale cabin, which they noted is quiet and stylish. They also said that the Terrain’s sliding rear seat adds versatility and space.

The Dodge Journey can seat up to seven, and reviewers liked its numerous storage spaces and rear seats that are easy to fold flat. Reviewers also liked its smooth ride and the available large touch-screen display.

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