Powerful yet efficient turbocharged engines; welcoming cabin; SYNC voice-activated infotainment system; well-tuned suspension
What We Don't
Higher tech reserved for pricier versions; Titanium model's optional 19-inch wheels result in a firm rid
A new SEL trim level slots in between the previously midlevel SE and the top Titanium trims. This has prompted a general reshuffling of equipment. For example, the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is only available with the Titanium model, but now that trim level comes with navigation as standard.See the 2018 Ford Escape models for sale near you
If the budget allows, go for the SEL trim and add as many advanced safety features as possible.
The 2018 Ford Escape comes in S, SE, SEL and Titanium trim levels.
The base S ($24,845) includes cruise control, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, air conditioning, a rearview camera, LED taillights, integrated blind spot mirrors, a SYNC voice command system, Bluetooth, a 6-speaker audio system with a 4.2-in screen and a USB port, reclining rear seats, a MyKey programmable key fob (which allows parents to set limits on radio volume and top speed) and 17-in steel wheels with plastic covers.
The SE ($26,600) adds 17-in alloy wheels, roof rails, upgraded cloth upholstery, heated front seats, a rear center armrest, exterior keypads for the door locks, satellite radio, an 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar adjustment, fog lights, automatic headlights and the turbocharged 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine with a stop/start function.
Options for the SE include voice-activated navigation, rear parking sensors, 18-in alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate controls, a 110-volt power outlet, an upgraded SYNC 3 system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration and an 8-in touchscreen, a 9-speaker audio upgrade, two USB ports and an SD card reader.
The SEL ($29,000) has many of those SE options while also bringing a powered tailgate, heated side mirrors, LED lighting and leather-trimmed upholstery.
The Titanium ($33,040) packs most of the standard and optional equipment mentioned so far, along with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, keyless entry/start, navigation, a self-dimming rearview mirror, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, a powered tailgate with motion-sensing activation, a self-parking system and an upgraded Sony audio system with 10 speakers.
Options include a panoramic sunroof, driver attention alert, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision mitigation, lane-keeping assistance and a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert.
Cargo space with the rear seats up is 34.3 cu ft. That expands to 67.8 cu ft. (pretty good for the class) when a one-touch lever folds those seats down.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
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