1998 Ford Escape Review from North America

1998 Ford Escape SC

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles


Economical, dependable, but unsafe



General Comments:

Dependable, economical, plenty of pick up, and overall an excellent vehicle for the money, except that it is not safe compared to similar vehicles-- has a 3 star rating from the US gov, while the regular Escort had five stars. This also jacks up the cost of insurance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th January, 2003

22nd Jan 2003, 09:52

I didn't know Ford made the Escape in 1998. And what is an Escape SC???

17th Jan 2004, 06:47

Ford didn't make the Escape in 1998. And of course it's going to have a lower safty rating than an escort. Look at what your comparing. An SUV to a Economy Car. The SUV is going to be lower b/c of the ground clearance compared to a normal car. All SUV's are like that. People complain that they can't take 80mph turns in their SUV's. Well, it's a SUV, not a sports car. FYI- I bought a Jeep Liberty b/c it has the highest saftey rating in it's class (Beating out Escape/Tribute, X-Terra, and CRV) Only one to get a 5 in it's class.

28th Mar 2006, 14:25

But your Jeep Liberty probably used more fuel than an escape/tribune, or honda crv.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review