2018 Ford Escape

Original MSRP Range
$23,940 - $33,490
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
MPG
20 - 23 MPG City / 27 - 30 MPG Hwy
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2018 Ford Escape

What We Like

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

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.1/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.1/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2018 Ford Escape?

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

Which Escape is the Best?

If the budget allows, go for the SEL trim and add as many advanced safety features as possible.

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How Much Does a 2018 Ford Escape Cost?

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.

Escape Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Escape S FWD$23,940 / $23,1024 Cylinder16821 / 296-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Escape SE 4WD$27,050 / $25,8344 Cylinder Turbo17922 / 286-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape SE FWD$25,700 / $24,5444 Cylinder Turbo17923 / 306-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape SEL 4WD$29,450 / $28,1264 Cylinder Turbo17922 / 286-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape SEL FWD$28,100 / $26,8364 Cylinder Turbo17923 / 306-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape Titanium 4WD$33,490 / $31,9834 Cylinder Turbo24520 / 276-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Escape Titanium FWD$32,140 / $30,6934 Cylinder Turbo24521 / 286-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Ford Escape Safety

Is the 2018 Ford Escape a Safe Car?

Every Escape has side-impact airbags in front, side curtain airbags and a driver's-side knee airbag. Four-wheel antilock disc brakes and traction/stability control are also part of the standard safety equipment inventory.

The Escape scored four out of five stars in government crash tests, with four stars for front impacts and five stars for side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Escape its top score of Good in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength-crash tests. It was also awarded Good for whiplash protection during rear collisions, but took the lowest score of Poor in the small-overlap front crash test (which has proven to be tricky for many vehicles).

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Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance5 Years/60,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Plus Pkg
  • Blind-Spot Information System

Competition

2018 Ford Escape vs the competition

2018 Honda CR-V -- A big seller and deservedly so. Highly capable, but not so thrilling to drive.

2018 Toyota RAV4 -- The range includes a hybrid. In general, the RAV4 is projected to hold its value better than the Escape.

2018 Mazda CX-5 -- As good to drive as the Escape. Deserves to be on any buyer's short list. Updated for 2018.

2018 Kia Sportage -- Good looks, great warranty. Worth checking out.

Used Ford Edge -- More space, bigger engines, still entertaining to drive.

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