Crossover & Midsize

Consumer Reports Says the 2021 Ford Escape Is a Small Crossover SUV to Avoid

The Escape is a Ford SUV that’s undeniably popular. They are all over the road and seem to be a go-to for many small crossover SUV shoppers. That many people can’t be wrong right? Well, according to Consumer Reports they actually might be. Consumer Reports actually says that the 2021 Ford Escape is the small crossover SUV to avoid.

The 2021 Ford Escape in blue driving along a winding road with trees in the background
2021 Ford Escape | Ford

While it may feel tempting to jump on the bandwagon and buy a Ford Escape. But before you do, let’s take a look at why Consumer Reports recommends you avoid the 2021 Ford escape. Plus, we can check out the alternatives suggested as better options.

Is the 2021 Ford Escape a good car?

The 2021 Ford Escape is a good small crossover SUV. The thing is, however, that the market has grown extremely competitive. The demand for a small crossover SUV continues growing each quarter. So as the competition heats up, some old faithfuls are falling behind. Such is the case for the 2021 Ford Escape.

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According to U.S. News and World Report, the 2021 Ford Escape is a small crossover SUV with one of the highest predicted reliability ratings. Conversely, Consumer Reports gave the 2021 Ford Escape the worst predicted reliability rating overall (1 out of 5). Plus, it didn’t receive good marks for overall predicted owner satisfaction either.

Consumer Reports ranks the 2021 Ford Escape No. 14 in its class. It doesn’t get a whole lot of positive praise. The 2021 Ford Escape has a price range from $24,885 – $38,585.

There are other small crossover SUVs to buy

When it comes to small crossover SUV models, nothing is truer than saying there are a lot of options. While the 2021 Ford Escape might be the best option for some families, there are actually several other choices on the market. In fact, Consumer Reports recommends two specific models for consumers to buy instead of the 2021 Ford Escape.

A red 2021 Mazda CX-5 driving down a city road with a building and tree in the background
The 2021 Mazda CX-5 in action | Mazda

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The 2021 Mazda CX-5 is the primary alternative suggested by Consumer Reports. This option has a perfect predicted reliability rating. It also has a high predicted consumer satisfaction score. Ranked No. 2 of the small crossover SUVs Consumer Reports reviewed, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 has a price range of $25,370 – $37,505.

An ‘Under the Radar’ option

If the 2021 Mazda CX-5 isn’t quite what you’re looking for, Consumer Reports suggests an ‘Under the Radar’ alternative as well. The 2021 Chevrolet Equinox is suggested as another model to look at if you are shopping for a small crossover SUV. This model received average scores for reliability and consumer satisfaction. However, its cheaper price range of $23,800 – $33,000 makes it appealing to those with a slimmer budget.

A 2021 Chevy Equinox parked on pavement with a cloudy sky in the background
The 2021 Chevy Equinox on display | Chevrolet

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Buying the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox will give buyers a very similar vehicle to both the 2021 Mazda CX-5 and the 2021 Ford Escape. That said, it will still help the decision-making process to go and test as many options out there as possible. Sometimes it’s tempting to just go with a popular model like the Escape. But it might really pay off to check out some alternatives before making your final choice.