The 2023 Ford Escape debuted back in October, adding a fresh face and some new technology to the compact crossover. Since then, the 2023 Escape has been added to Consumer Reports‘ list of recommended vehicles thanks to its above average predicted reliability score of 3 out of 5, with a below average score for the 2020 model year, average for 2021, and above average for 2022. For the most recent model year, every single category ranked as above average except for body integrity. Now, the consumer organization continues to lavish the 2023 Ford Escape with praise as it has landed on the list of the most reliable and fuel-efficient SUVs on sale at the moment.
As is usually the case with Consumer Reports rankings, this particular list considers a variety of factors – a vehicle’s road test scores, predicted reliability ratings, recommended status, owner satisfaction scores, overall score, and standard or optional safety features such as automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning (BSW), and rear cross traffic warning (RCTW). For his particular test, all vehicles must also get at least 28 miles-per-gallon combined.
The 2023 Ford Escape made the cut in tenth place on this particular list with an overall score of 73 out of 100, with Consumer Reports highlighting its impressive fuel economy, smoothness, steady and composed ride, nimble and secure handling, and easy to use controls. On the flip side, CR did dock the Escape for its flat and firm front seats, as well as its oversensitive brake pedal.
In terms of individual categories, the 2023 Escape scored an 85 out of 100 on its road test, three out of five in predicted reliability, and three out of five in predicted owner satisfaction, with numerous driver-assist features included as standard equipment, including forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking for both city and highway driving.