The Ford Escape – which just received a refresh for the 2023 model year – has racked up its fair share of accolades in recent months, including Best CPO Value and Best Value in America awards from Vincentric, while Consumer Reports has placed the crossover on its list of recommended vehicles, best performing hybrid SUVs, and best hybrid SUVs for less than $35k. Now, Consumer Reports is once again lavishing praise on the Ford Escape after naming in one of the best American vehicles on sale today.
This new list features the best American cars, trucks, and SUVs/crossovers from traditional U.S. brands like Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis (which is actually a multinational corporation headquartered in Amsterdam, interestingly enough) based on the consumer organization’s overall score, which is determined via road testing, owner satisfaction ratings, safety, and reliability. Each of these vehicles has also earned CR‘s recommended status, though not every model on the list is actually built in the U.S.
In this particular case, the Ford Escape Hybrid topped the list of compact crossovers from traditional U.S. brands with an overall score of 72 out of 100. The Escape not only earned Consumer Reports‘ Green Choice designation for its environmental friendliness, but also scored above average in the organization’s road testing, while also earning average scores in predicted reliability and predicted owner satisfaction.
These predicted ratings are notable as the Escape has been refreshed for 2023, though it hasn’t launched just yet. As Ford Authority recently reported, Escape production is currently paused at the Louisville Assembly plant in Kentucky after the automaker discovered a software issue with the refreshed crossover, which it’s currently working to fix before full-scale production can begin.