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Ford Escape Australia

Launched in Australia 2001, the original Ford Escape shared its platform, most of its mechanical parts, and even its windscreen and roof with the equally new Mazda Tribute.

Initially powered by a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine and teamed with on-demand four-wheel drive, the mid-sized five-seat Escape would remain on the Ford books for more than a decade, before being replaced by the first generation Kuga in 2013.

Now, the name is back; Ford Australia rebadged the slow-selling Kuga as the Escape in 2017, in line with its other E-badged SUVs like the Everest and Ecosport. The Escape can be picked up for $36,490 for Escape (FWD) and ranges up to $53,440 for Escape ST-Line Phev (fwd).

Ford Escape Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Ford Escape varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $36,490 and going to $53,440 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2022 SUV 2.0L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $36,490 $53,440
2021 SUV 2.0L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $28,500 $57,640
2020 SUV 1.5L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO $22,000 $53,900
2019 SUV 1.5L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO $20,400 $50,820
2018 SUV 1.5L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO $16,400 $50,050
See All Ford Escape Pricing and Specs

Ford Escape Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Ford Escape here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • How do I know if it's worth replacing the transmission in my 2008 Ford Escape?

    This is a bit of a perennial question when it comes to older second-hand cars that suddenly need expensive repairs. On current values, your Escape is probably worth almost exactly the same as the new transmission will cost you. The problem is that even if you do have the new transmission fitted, you won’t have doubled the value of the car. In fact, you’ll have done nothing for its resale value compared with any other working Escape. And right now, your Escape with a broken transmission is worth – roughly - $300 which is what a scrap merchant will pay for it to be crushed and turned into microwave ovens.

    However, balancing all that is the question of, if you do scrap the car, how much will you need to spend to get into something that will be reliable and safe? And the answer to that is probably more than $5000. At this point, you also need to assess the condition of the rest of your car. At 170,000km on the clock, it could well be ready for maintenance in other expensive areas.

    But assuming the rest of your car is in good condition and still works properly, here’s another option: Rather than a brand-new transmission, why not track down a good, second-hand unit from a vehicle recycler. Specialist recyclers have a range of components like these, and you should be able to find one that’s been tested and perhaps even carries a short warranty. It will still cost money to buy the transmission and have it fitted, but it shouldn’t be anything like $5000 and if it keeps your car on the road for another few years, then it’s recycling at its best. The greenest car is the one that’s already been built.

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  • Should I buy a plug-in hybrid or an electric car?

    The Ford Escape plug-in should be an interesting vehicle when it arrives, with 165kW of power and something like a 50km electric-only range. It will be here sometime this year, but the exact timing is still a trade secret.

    The Toyota RAV4, meanwhile, isn’t a plug-in hybrid, so it can’t be recharged form your home solar panels (which the plug-in Escape could be). Frankly, if you’re making four times the power your household needs with your solar array, you’re in the pound seats for owning a plug-in hybrid which could put that excess electricity generation to very good use. That’s especially true if most of your driving is around town within a 20km radius or so of home-base.

    That said, the new RAV4 Hybrid is gaining rave reviews as well as recording very sharp real-world fuel-economy figures. But a plug-in hybrid in a household with excess solar capacity could almost be run for free.

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  • Ford Escape 2006: Can sudden acceleration damage the alternator?

    I don’t believe so.

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Ford Escape Colours

The Ford Escape ST-Line FWD is offered in two no-cost paint colours - 'Frozen White' and 'Agate Black', with another six extra-cost shades available - 'Magnetic' (grey), 'Solar Silver', 'White Platinum', 'Blazer Blue', 'Blue Metallic', and 'Rapid Red'

  • Agate Black
  • Frozen White
  • Magnetic
  • Blazer Blue
  • Solar Silver
  • White Platinum
  • Blue Metallic
  • Rapid Red
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Ford Escape Boot Space

The Ford Escape SUV has a boot space size of 412 Litres.
Ford Escape Boot space Ford Escape Boot space

Ford Escape Towing Capacity

The Ford Escape has maximum towing capacity of 1800kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2022 SUV 1200kg 1800kg
2021 SUV 1200kg 1800kg
2020 SUV 1200kg 1800kg
2019 SUV 1500kg 1500kg
2018 SUV 1500kg 1500kg
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Ford Escape Accessories

The Ford is packed with USB-A and C points for data-hungry modern motorists and Ford's SYNC3 system is excellent, with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. You also get multi-zone climate control, heated seats and 10 speakers.

Ford Escape Dimensions

The dimensions of the Ford Escape SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2022 SUV 1670x1883x4614 mm 191 mm
2021 SUV 1670x1883x4614 mm 191 mm
2020 SUV 1713x1838x4524 mm 163 mm
2019 SUV 1713x1838x4524 mm 163 mm
2018 SUV 1713x1838x4524 mm 163 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Ford Escape Dimensions

Ford Escape Interior

The spacious interior of the Escape Vignale has plenty of (fake) leather but it looks and feels very good, with nice materials and lots of light, especially with the sunroof open.

Ford Escape Seats

The Escape's five seats are very comfortable front and rear and you can fit two baby or child seats with ISOFIX points and three with top-tether anchors.

Ford Escape Seats

Ford Escape Fuel Consumption

The Ford Escape is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Hyb/PULP, PULP and Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 1.5L/100km for SUV /Hyb/PULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2022 SUV 1.5L/100km 2.5L Hyb/PULP CVT AUTO
2022 SUV 8.6L/100km 2.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2021 SUV 1.5L/100km 2.5L Hyb/PULP CVT AUTO
2021 SUV 8.6L/100km 2.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2020 SUV 1.5L/100km 2.5L Hyb/PULP CVT AUTO
2020 SUV 5.5L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2020 SUV 6.3L/100km 1.5L PULP 6 SP MAN
2019 SUV 5.5L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2019 SUV 6.3L/100km 1.5L PULP 6 SP MAN
2018 SUV 5.5L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2018 SUV 6.3L/100km 1.5L PULP 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Ford Escape Pricing and Specs for 2022

Ford Escape Speed

The Escape is very quick for the segment, cracking the 0-100km/h time in around six seconds.

Ford Escape Wheel Size

The Ford Escape has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 225x60 R18 for SUV in 2022.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2022 SUV 225x60 R18 225x60 R18
2021 SUV 225x60 R18 225x60 R18
2020 SUV 235x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 235x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2019 SUV 235x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 235x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2018 SUV 235x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 235x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Ford Escape Wheel Sizes