In addition to little ole' engine problems like catastrophic failure, the Escape Hybrid shares many of the same problems with its gas-guzzling counterpart such as power assisted steering failures and swollen lug nuts.

The Escape Hybrid is alsi infamous for the engine shutting off while stopping.

Most Common Escape Hybrid Complaints

power steering assist failure
This Steering problem has been made 11 times by 2008 model year owners.
catastrophic engine failure
This Engine problem has been made 10 times by 2006 model year owners.
brake failure
This Brakes problem has been made 9 times by 2005 model year owners.
"regen brakes disabled"
This Brakes problem has been made 9 times by 2008 model year owners.
excessive rusting
This Body problem has been made 7 times by 2005 model year owners.
power steering failure
This Steering problem has been made 6 times by 2006 model year owners.

Escape Hybrid Generations

The Escape Hybrid has 2 generations. Generations are groups of model years where the vehicles are continuously produced, using similar engineering and shared features. Generation data isn't always cut-and-dry and is often different for different countries. When in doubt, we use North American generation data.

  1. 2 Generation Escape Hybrid (2008—2012)

    This generation ranks 93 in reliability out of 103 generations.

  2. 1 Generation Escape Hybrid (2005—2007)

    This generation ranks 99 in reliability out of 103 generations.

    • PainRank™ 18.09
    • Complaints 117
    • Active Years 2005, 2006, 2007

News About the Escape Hybrid

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Ford and Mercury Sudden Shutdown Recall

 — Have you ever noticed that sometimes your Ford or Mercury Hybrid SUV just needs a timeout? You know – a period of time to shut down, cool off and reset? Hmm, sounds like my toddler actually. Unlike my toddler, however, these timeouts are actually happening to owners in the form of a stalling engine and sometimes in very dangerous situations! Now Ford says they know what the problem is and are issuing a recall to fix it.