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7.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.5
Safety: 9.3
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2010 Ford Escape Review

The 2010 Ford Escape delivers all the compact SUV basics. However, flaws like a poor reliability rating keep it ranked near the middle of the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy interior
  • Nice technology features
  • Less expensive to buy and own than many rivals
  • Below-average reliability rating
  • Ride lacks refinement offered by rivals
  • Mediocre seat comfort

 

2010 Ford Escape Overview

Is the 2010 Ford Escape a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the Ford Escape is a good used SUV. It's a sound choice if you need a lot of passenger and cargo space. Fuel economy is also favorable, whether you buy the gas-only Escape or the Escape Hybrid, which we review separately. However, you may not find the Escape as relaxing for long car trips, as its ride, handling, and seat comfort all trail the competition. In general, most of the Escape's hiccups are only minor drawbacks like these. That said, there are numerous rival compact SUVs that post higher safety and reliability ratings, and many offer a cushier ride. 

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Our Ford Escape review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 40 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2010 Ford Escape?

The average price of a 2010 Escape is $8,900, based on more than 420 vehicle listings on our used car site. That's less than the average price of a 2010 Dodge Nitro ($9,400), a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox ($9,800) or a 2010 Jeep Liberty ($10,500). Factors such as trim level, vehicle condition, and mileage affect price, so you'll see used Escape prices range from around $5,800 to $12,500.

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How Much Does the 2010 Ford Escape Cost to Own?

The 2010 Escape tends to cost less to own than most of its rivals. Over five years, its projected costs for insurance, fuel, repairs, and maintenance are around $22,500. In comparison, you'll pay about $1,100 more with the 2010 Honda CR-V and around $1,800 more with the 2010 Mazda Tribute

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Escape?

If you want to buy a new Escape, be prepared to pay an extra $15,000 or so. That's the difference between the starting price of a 2019 Escape ($24,105) and the average price of a 2010 Escape. The 2019 Escape is part of the SUV's newer generation, which includes numerous enhancements over the 2010 Escape. Sportier handling, enhanced powertrains, and a renovated interior with richer materials are a few examples of the Escape's improvements. Keep in mind that you can get many of the same perks of the 2018 model – and still save some money – by shopping for an older third-generation Escape. For more details, see our Which Model Year of the Ford Escape Is Best? section below.

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With prices for new SUVs starting around $19,000 and up, you won't be able to find a new SUV with a sticker price remotely close to the price of a 2010 Escape.

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Which Model Year of the Ford Escape Is Best? 

The 2010 model is part of the Escape's second generation, produced from 2008 to 2012. Even though it's highly likely that you can find a great deal on a second-generation model, the third-generation Escapes get our vote. Starting with the 2013 model year, these Escapes have a more modern exterior design. They also boast improved handling and are available with Ford's peppy, fuel-efficient EcoBoost engine. 

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How Reliable Is the 2010 Ford Escape?

The 2010 Escape has a poor reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power.

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2010 Ford Escape Recalls

As of this writing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued five recalls for the 2010 Escape. The recalls address a variety of issues, including potential problems with the parking brake, an aftermarket seat cover, the power steering, the front wheel bearing, and a possible fuel leak. Before buying a used Escape, it's best to ensure that any applicable recalls are handled properly.

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Which Used Ford Escape Model Is Right for Me?

The 2010 Escape comes in three trim levels: XLS, XLT, and Limited. A 171-hosepower four-cylinder engine is standard, and it comes with either a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. The top two trims are available with a 240-horsepower V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The Escape comes with either front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Ford offered 10 original exterior colors, including Ingot Silver Metallic and Sport Blue Metallic, and grouped upgrades into bundles such as the Leather Package and Sport Appearance Package. The Escape Hybrid, which we review separately, was built in the top two trim levels.

The base XLS comes with power windows and door locks, manual air conditioning, cruise control, an auxiliary audio jack, and a single-disc CD player. While this trim covers all the basics, we think it's worth spending a little extra to get the XLT. Goodies like a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a power-adjustable driver's seat give its interior a boost. A keyless entry keypad comes standard, as does Ford's MyKey safety system for young drivers. We recommend looking for one with the upgraded SYNC infotainment system.

For most shoppers, the Escape Limited doesn't present as good a value as the Escape XLT, but it does dial up the luxury quotient. Standout features include the SYNC interface, standard leather seats in Charcoal Black, heated front seats, and ambient lighting.

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Certified Pre-Owned Ford Escape Warranty

Ford offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. For Ford vehicles that earn CPO status, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. Each CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

Ford’s CPO program is not as robust as those offered by other manufacturers, such as Chevy, Mazda, Toyota, and Honda, according to our research.

How Safe Is the Escape?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2010 Escape the highest rating of Good in the moderate overlap front and side tests, as well as for its head restraints and seats. It earned the second-lowest score of Marginal for its roof strength. The Escape has an overall safety rating of five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

MyKey was first offered in 2010 for the Escape. With various settings, this system helps young drivers follow safe driving behaviors, like buckling up and following the speed limit. Other available safety features include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and active parallel park assist.

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2010 Ford Escape Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2010 Ford Escape or 2010 Toyota RAV4?

The 2010 Toyota RAV4 beats out the Escape in almost every way, starting with its perfect reliability rating, which bests the Ford's below-average score. The RAV4 has carlike handling, and is generally smoother than the Escape. It also has more cargo space – both with and without the seats folded down – and the available third-row seat comes in handy when you need to haul around an extra kid or two.

Which Is Better: 2010 Ford Escape or 2010 Kia Sportage?

It's a toss-up between the 2010 Kia Sportage and the Ford Escape. On the one hand, the Sportage is expected to be much more reliable. Its seats are comfortable, and the cabin is trimmed with lots of high-quality materials. On the other hand, the Escape has a much higher safety rating. It will also cost you around $1,500 less than the Sportage per year in estimated insurance, fuel, repair, and maintenance costs.

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2010 Escape Performance

How Does the 2010 Ford Escape Drive?

Rated at 171 horsepower, the Escape's standard four-cylinder engine is energetic, and it should be powerful enough for most shoppers. If you want a little extra grunt for towing, a 240-horsepower V6 is available in the uplevel Ford Escape XLT and Ford Escape Limited. The Escape's handling is respectable for the most part, but a number of this SUV’s rivals feel more polished. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and four-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2010 Ford Escape Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Escape has good fuel economy ratings for a compact SUV. When outfitted with the four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission, the Escape FWD gets 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Fuel economy barely dips with the V6 engine, which returns 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway. The V6-equipped Escape is also a flex-fuel vehicle capable of running on E85 – with this type of fuel, it earns 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway.

2010 Ford Escape Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, a 2010 Escape has a 3,500-pound tow rating, which is notable for an SUV this size.  

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2010 Escape Interior

How Many People Does the 2010 Escape Seat?

The Escape has two rows of seats and room for five people. Passenger space is plentiful, but the Escape comes up short on overall comfort. Drawbacks include minimal driver's seat adjustments in the base model and a lack of sliding rear seats in any trim level.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2010 Ford Escape?

The 2010 Escape comes with a tether anchor for all three rear seats. There are two sets of lower anchors for the outboard rear seats.

2010 Ford Escape Features

The standard stereo in the Escape is a basic system that includes an auxiliary audio jack and a CD player. Finding a model with the upgraded SYNC infotainment system is your best option. Its interface is easy to use, the screen has crisp graphics, and it includes features like voice commands and Bluetooth. Other available options include a voice-activated navigation system, satellite radio, and dual-zone automatic climate control, most of which come only in the top-tier Escape Limited.

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2010 Ford Escape Dimensions

Ford Escape Cargo Space

With 31.4 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and up to 67.2 cubic feet with the seats folded, the Escape has a competitive amount of cargo space for a compact SUV. It isn't as convenient as some SUVs, though, partly because it lacks sliding rear seats and has a low number of in-cabin storage cubbies. 

Ford Escape Length and Weight

The Escape is just over 14.5 feet long. Its curb weight is around 3,400 pounds, depending on the configuration.

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