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2011 Ford Escape Review

The 2011 Ford Escape has a spacious interior and a decent number of available technology features. However, a harsh ride and some subpar safety scores relegate the Escape to the bottom half of our compact SUVs rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious interior
  • Harsh ride
  • Rivals have higher safety scores




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 7.7
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2011 Ford Escape Overview

Is the 2011 Ford Escape a Good Used SUV?

The 2011 Escape isn’t the best compact SUV, but it has some desirable aspects like a spacious interior and below-average operating costs. Some models include features like parallel park assist, which tackles on-street parking challenges for you. It’s an OK choice among SUVs, but there are many options with smoother rides, better safety scores, and higher reliability ratings.

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How Much Is the 2011 Ford Escape?

Our site has more than 600 listings for the 2011 Escape, with prices ranging from about $6,900 to roughly $13,600. The average price is about $9,900. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2011 Ford Escape Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2011 Ford Escape are estimated to be $22,326. That’s below average for a compact SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Escape?

A 2018 Ford Escape has a starting price of $24,105, which is roughly $10,500 more expensive than the priciest 2011 Escapes. The 2018 Escape is part of a generation that began with the 2013 model. Unless extra cargo space and features like a standard rearview camera and smartphone integration are must-haves, the new Escape doesn’t make a compelling case for busting your car-buying budget.

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You can’t find any new SUVs for the average price of a used 2011 Escape.

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Which Model Year of the Ford Escape Is Best?

The 2011 Ford Escape was part of a generation that ended with the 2012 model year. The 2011 Escape added HD Radio as part of the available navigation system and upgraded the SYNC infotainment system. There were no major changes for the 2012 model year before the complete redesign for 2013. The 2013 Escape received a complete exterior and interior redesign, adding a standard six-speaker stereo system. A rearview camera and the SYNC infotainment system became standard for 2014. The 2015 Escape saw few changes, but the 2016 Escape gained the available SYNC 3 infotainment system, which was a vast improvement over the system it replaced. The 2011 Escape is a good choice if you can live with the previous generation’s exterior design.

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How Reliable Is the 2011 Ford Escape?

J.D. Power gives the 2011 Ford Escape a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2011 Ford Escape Recalls

As of this writing, the 2011 Ford Escape has three open recalls. One recall addresses the fuel delivery module, which may crack and cause a fuel leak. Another involves the front wheel bearing having the wrong dimensions. There is also a recall for a possible loss of electric power steering assist. Make sure these recalls are addressed before you buy a 2011 Escape.

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Which Used Make Ford Escape Is Right for Me?

The 2011 Escape comes in three trims: XLS, XLT, and Limited. The base XLS trim is equipped with a five-speed manual transmission and a few interior features. These include a four-speaker stereo system, an auxiliary audio input jack, cruise control, and Ford's MyKey system, which allows the owner to set speed and volume limits based on the key used to start the vehicle.

Though the base model has a solid features list, we recommend the XLT trim mainly because of the interior features it adds. The XLT comes with a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, satellite radio, and fog lamps. The top-of-the-line Limited trim includes premium leather-trimmed heated front seats, a six-speaker stereo system, and the Ford SYNC infotainment system.

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How Safe Is the Escape?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2011 Escape three out of five stars in the front, side, and rollover tests. From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2011 Escape earned the highest rating of Good for the moderate overlap front, side, and rear crash tests. However, it received the second-lowest rating of Marginal for the roof strength test.

The 2011 Escape is available with a rearview camera, parallel park assist, and front and rear parking sensors.

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2011 Ford Escape Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2011 Ford Escape or 2011 Honda CR-V?

The 2011 Honda CR-V is better than the 2011 Escape in many ways, including safety. The Escape has some of the lowest safety ratings in the compact SUV segment. Although the Escape’s reliability rating is about average, the CR-V has a perfect rating. The Honda also has a comfier ride than the Escape, more back seat legroom, and a higher maximum cargo capacity by about 5 cubic feet. Overall, the CR-V is a better choice.

Which Is Better: 2011 Ford Escape or 2011 Make Model?

The 2011 Chevrolet Equinox boasts high safety ratings, spacious seating, and excellent fuel economy with its four-cylinder engine. However, the Escape is a better choice because it has a higher reliability rating, and its operating costs are about $1,700 lower than those of the Equinox.

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2011 Escape Performance

How Does the 2011 Ford Escape Drive?

The 2011 Ford Escape has a smooth ride and decent handling. The base model comes with a 171-horsepower four-cylinder engine that’s paired with a five-speed manual transmission or an available six-speed automatic. The XLT and Limited models also have an available 240-horsepower V6. Unless you plan on towing, the base engine gets the job done in most situations.

Does the 2011 Ford Escape Get Good Gas Mileage?

With front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmissions, the base 2011 Ford Escape returns 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Both are considered good for the compact SUV segment. The four-wheel-drive Escape loses 1 mpg in both the city and highway driving.

2011 Ford Escape Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2011 Escape can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

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2011 Escape Interior

How Many People Does the 2011 Escape Seat?

The five-seat 2011 Escape comes standard with cloth upholstery, though leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat are available in the higher trims. The Escape’s interior has a nice amount of soft-touch materials. However, the two-way manual driver’s seat makes it difficult to find a comfortable position in the base model. The available power-adjustable seat found in the XLT and Limited trims is more comfortable.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2011 Ford Escape?

The 2011 Escape has two complete sets of LATCH connectors and a middle-seat tether anchor.

2011 Ford Escape Features

The 2011 Escape’s standard features list is competitive with others in the class. It includes air conditioning, cruise control, a four-speaker stereo system with an auxiliary audio input jack, and Ford's MyKey system, which allows you to set speed and volume limits for secondary drivers.

Available features include a leather-wrapped steering wheel with secondary audio controls, satellite radio, a six-speaker or seven-speaker stereo system, a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear park assist, a rearview camera, the SYNC infotainment system, and voice-activated navigation.

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2011 Ford Escape Dimensions

Ford Escape Cargo Space

There is 31.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the 2011 Escape’s second row, and 67.2 cubic feet with the second row folded. Its rear cargo space is average for the segment. A liftgate with flip-up glass comes standard.

2011 Escape Length and Weight

The 2011 Ford Escape is 14.6-feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,268 to 3,477 pounds, depending on how it is equipped.

Where Was the 2011 Ford Escape Built?

Ford manufactured the 2011 Escape in Missouri.

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