Recall Alert: 2001-2004 Ford Escape

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Vehicles Affected: Around 349,000 model-year 2001-2004 versions of the Escape compact SUV sold in states where salt is used to melt ice on the roads.

The Problem: The Detroit News is reporting that rust could cause problems with the vehicle's subframe, impacting the driver's ability to steer. This could cause a crash; Ford is aware of one related crash but no injuries were reported.

The Fix: Dealers will install a reinforcement cross brace for free.

What Owners Should Do: Ford has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

Ford Updates Escape Software Amid NHTSA Investigation

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Ford's Escape is no stranger to recalls, but despite a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation of sudden loss of engine power on certain versions of the Escape and Fusion and Mercury Mariner and Milan, the agency is not issuing a recall.

According to the Detroit News, more than 10,000 vehicle owners complained about the loss of power on model-year 2009-13 vehicles equipped with 2.5-liter and 3.0-liter engines. Ford issued a "Customer Satisfaction Program" and sent notices to affected owners in January instructing them to bring their vehicles in for a software recalibration. NHTSA opened its investigation in February, and although an official recall wasn't issued, Ford said it will update the software in 1.6 million affected vehicles as well as extend the warranty coverage on the affected parts to up to 10 years and 150,000 miles.

Check out the full story from the Detroit News here.

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By Jennifer Geiger | March 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013 Ford Escape

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 139,917 model-year 2013 Escape SUVs, manufactured between Oct. 5, 2011, and June 2, 2013, and equipped with a 1.6-liter engine.

The Problem: The engines may experience under-hood fires due to localized overheating of the engine cylinder head, leading to cracks causing oil leaks; engine oil that comes into contact with a hot engine surface could result in an engine-compartment fire. As of Nov. 18, Ford was aware of a dozen such fires in the U.S. and one in Canada. In addition, in those vehicles built between Oct. 5, 2011, and July 11, 2012, engine-compartment fuel lines may have been installed incorrectly when repaired under a previous recall, and could chafe and eventually leak fuel; this could cause a fire in the presence of an ignition source. According to USA Today, the U.S. action is part of a worldwide recall of more than 161,000 model-year 2013 Escapes. The automaker said it began getting engine-fire reports in late August, according to the newspaper. The SUV has been recalled seven times since it was redesigned and went on sale in spring 2012.

By Matt Schmitz | November 26, 2013 | Comments (3)

Which New SUV Is Comparable to the Saturn Vue?

"Which new SUV is comparable to the Saturn Vue? I am driving my fourth Saturn Vue and have been really frustrated at the thought of replacing it. I already looked at the Equinox but passed because it is not comparable — it's bigger and pricier. Then I saw the Chevrolet Captiva! Problem solved — or so I thought (fleet only). If I can't buy a Captiva, I will go to another brand. I buy new, so a used Captiva is not an option in my mind."

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By Matt Schmitz | October 20, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Ford Escape: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: Backup camera standard on all models; 1.6-liter engine standard on Titanium models (instead of 2.0-liter); SEL models are discontinued

Price change: Base S model increases $230, and SE models are up $480; prices on Titanium models have dropped by $1,270 because of a smaller standard engine

On sale: Since midsummer

Which you should buy, 2013 or 2014? 2014

The Escape was redesigned for 2013 and was a sales success for Ford, despite early quality issues and safety recalls.

For 2014, a backup camera is standard on all models, and an optional hands-free power liftgate that can be opened with a kicking motion is now grouped with a 3,500-pound towing package.The SEL trim level is no longer offered.

By Rick Popely | September 13, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Perhaps using its imposing makeover for 2013 to scare off competitors, the Toyota RAV4 continued its reign of terror atop our list of most-read reviews of the week. The compact crossover's nearest opponent, the 2013 Ford Fusion, generated a little more than a third of RAV4's reader interest. Maybe newcomers to the list, including the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid (No. 6) and the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid (No. 10), will gain enough confidence in coming weeks to face down the RAV4.

Until then, check out what was popular this week:

1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2013 Ford Fusion
3. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
4. 2013 Ford Explorer
5. 2013 Ford Escape
6. 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
7. 2013 Toyota Avalon
8. 2013 Nissan Altima
9. 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
10. 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
By Matt Schmitz | February 3, 2013 | Comments (1)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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The 2013 RAV4 held off the competition once again to retain the top spot among our most-read reviews of the week. It was joined by some fresh faces this week: the 2013 models of the Hyundai Sante Fe Sport, Nissan Pathfinder and Ford Fusion Hybrid landed at Nos. 6, 7 and 8, respectively, squeezing the Cadillac ATS, Mazda CX-5 and Acura RDX out of the top 10. Meanwhile, the Toyota Avalon, Ford Fusion and Ford Escape gained some ground, as the Ford Explorer, Nissan Altima and Subaru XV Crosstrek lost their footing.

Check out what was popular this week:

1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2013 Toyota Avalon
3. 2013 Ford Fusion
4. 2013 Ford Escape
5. 2013 Ford Explorer
6. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
7. 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
8. 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
9. 2013 Nissan Altima
10. Subaru XV Crosstrek
By Matt Schmitz | January 27, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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There wasn't a lot of movement among our most-read reviews this week, with six of the top 10 spots going unchanged and the 2013 Toyota RAV4 holding onto first place. The Toyota Avalon jumped two spots to No. 5, bumping the Acura RDX and Nissan Altima down to sixth and seventh place, respectively. The Chevrolet Equinox entered the list in eighth place, knocking the Audi A4 off completely as the Honda Accord and Mazda CX-5 held their places at ninth and 10th.

Check out what else was popular this week:

  • 1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
  • 2. 2013 Ford Explorer
  • 3. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • 4. 2013 Ford Escape
  • 5. 2013 Toyota Avalon
  • 6. 2013 Acura RDX
  • 7. 2013 Nissan Altima
  • 8. 2013 Chevrolet Equinox
  • 9. 2013 Honda Accord
  • 10. 2013 Mazda CX-5
  • By Matt Schmitz | January 13, 2013 | Comments (0)

    Does the World Need the 2013 Ford Escape's Hand-Free Liftgate?

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    Ford has a recent history of focusing on technology. Some of it has been successful like the first Sync multimedia system application and some a bit less so, see MyFord Touch.

    The 2013 Ford Escape offers some useful high-tech features at a reasonable price; you gotta love the Active Park Assist, which helps parallel park the car, and the blind spot warning system that are both part of the $995 Technology Package, but the optional hands-free liftgate that opens with the kick of your foot might just be another one of those Ford ideas that needs a little more tweaking.

    By Kristin Varela | November 8, 2012 | Comments (16)

    Cars.com Buzz Index: May 2012

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    Ford and Lexus have a lot riding on their new SUVs. The redesigned Ford Escape and refreshed Lexus RX recently hit dealer lots and have big shoes to fill. The two have been hot sellers for their brands — the RX is Lexus' best-selling model, period — and both are in competitive segments.

    That's why both automakers should feel a bit of relief: The two topped this month's Cars.com Buzz Index. The rankings chart how many people are searching for these models on Cars.com, as well as how many are contacting dealers from the site.

    The 2013 RX has been getting a heavy marketing push right out of the gate with constant TV commercials and even billboards along major highways. Most of the model's changes are cosmetic — it has the same engine and overall dimensions as the 2012 — but the updated styling is eye-catching.

    Ford, meanwhile, completely overhauled the Escape for 2013. Managing Editor David Thomas reviewed the small SUV and said, "A duo of new turbo engines offer better performance than the competition, the interior is roomy and comfortable, high-tech gadgetry works well, and it even looks cool."

    By Kelsey Mays | May 31, 2012 | Comments (1)

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