The 2018 Ford Escape has been one of the top sellers in the industry of compact SUVs. With its eye-catching interior combined with a solid performance in general, the 2018 Ford Escape definitely deserves the spot it is holding right now.
What’s New in Ford Escape This 2018?
A brand new SEL trim is joining its lineup which offers Sync 3 and leather. Ford Escape SEL this 2018 is positioned on top of the SE and S trims but it is under the Titanium trim. The higher Titanium trim also comes with a 2.0-L turbocharged I-4.
Trim Levels of 2018 Ford Escape
Compact Ford Escape crossover this 2018 has been positioned on top of the latest subcompact EcoSport yet under the 3-row Flex, midsize Edge, 3-row Expedition SUVs, and 3-row Explorer.
• 2018 Escape S – This base S trim has steel wheels of 17 inches, 2.5-L I-4 engine, instrument panel lighting in Ice Blue, 6-way manual front seats, automatic headlights, rearview camera, LED taillights, and 4.2 inches of screen for the Sync infotainment system.
• 2018 Escape SE – This SE trim comes with 1.5-L turbocharged I-4 engine, driver’s seat with 10-way power, allow wheels of 17 inches, one touch down/up on every window, sync with the SiriusXM satellite radio, dual zone climate control, black roof rails, fog lights, and exhaust tips in dual chrome.
• 2018 Escape SEL – The latest SEL trim is building off SE trims, which adds with front seats in leather trim, heated side view mirrors, power liftgate, signature LED lighting, heated front seat, center touchscreen of 8 inches, Sync 3 with Apple Carplay, Android Auto, and Wi-Fi hotspot, rear parking sensors, and gear-shift knob and steering wheel wrapped in leather.
• 2018 Escape Titanium – This top trims is equipped with 2.0-L turbocharged I-4 engine and comes with passenger’s seat of 10-way power, wheels of 18 inches, driver’s seat memory, heated steering wheel, 10-speaker audio system from Sony, 110-volt power outlet, auto-dimming rearview mirror, silver roof racks, foot-activated liftgate, self-parking system, remote engine start, quick entry with push start ignition, and interior ambient lighting.
2018 Ford Escape is also available with Smart and Safe Package from Ford complete with safety features for driver assist, a panoramic moonroof, all-wheel drive, a navigation system, and alloy wheels of 19 inches.
Fuel Economy and Performance
The base engine of 2018 Ford Escape is 2.5-L I-4 with 170 pound feet of torque and 168 horsepower. Available only on the Ford Escape S, Ford also offers the EPA-rated 21/29 mpg highway/city with the front wheel drive. The base engine doesn’t come with an all wheel drive.
There is an optional engine of 1.5-L turbocharged I-4 which can produce 177 pound feet and 170 horsepower with a rating of 23/30 mpg with the FWD and an AWD of 22/28 mpg.
The top 2.0-L turbocharged I-4 engine produces 275 pound feet and 245 horsepower and offers 20/27 with AWD and 21/28 with FWD. Every engine is being mated to the 6-speed automatic.
2018 Ford Escape got the highest safety rating from NHTSA. In IIHS testing, Escape got Acceptable’s 2nd highest rating for driver-side small overlap from the front crash test as well as Good’s highest rating in some 4 conducted tests. Basic’s lowest rating was issued for front crash prevention test to warning the driver properly of a potential collision thanks to an optional feature on forward collision warning, yet Ford Escape doesn’t provide automatic emergency braking. The available Smart and Safe package of Ford consists of adaptive cruise control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, windshield wiper, lane keep assist, high beams, brake support with forward collision warning, and so on.
The standard technology for Ford Escape includes Sync infotainment system showed on the 4.2” center screen with a rearview camera and voice recognition. Upgraded Sync 3 system is displayed on the 8” center screen and features SiriusXM satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Android smartphone compatibility, and WiFi hotspot. The 6-speaker audio system of Ford Escape is the standard and the ten-speaker Sony system is actually optional. Some tech features also include self-parking system, remote engine start, 110V power outlet, and foot-activated liftgate. The vehicle’s FordPass app enables the owner to do some things including looking up car details and scheduling service, finding parking, unlocking or locking the Escape remotely, locating various fuel stations and comparing the prices.
Ford Escape provides a healthy cargo room amount with 34 cu. ft behind the car’s rear seats and 68 with rear seats folded. The all new Chevrolet Equinox provides 29.9 cu ft and 63.5. The front passengers get 43.1” of legroom and its rear seats give 37.3”.
• Fast acceleration with 2.0L engine
• Lots of available technology
• Neutral and fun handling
The Not So Good
• Slow acceleration with 1.5L engine
• Tight backseat
• Aged interior design
The Bottom Line
When compared to 2017 Ford Escape, 2018 Ford Escape some think that it is a bit pricey for a mid-level Explorer. Yet, during the testing, experts praised the neutral chassis and handling dynamics of crossover, which made the car a hot hatch. With this in mind, you may tell that Ford Europe had their hand in these somewhere. The acceleration was fast as well as real MPG testing numbers have surpassed EPA’s. Experts enjoyed a roomy interior and its tech makes its style outstanding. All of the goodness found in 2017 Ford Escape might be had for a few thousand dollars lesser than 2018 Ford Escape.
In a huge test comparison of 9 compact crossovers, Ford Escape SE with 1.5L EcoBoost engine came in 6th place. The slow acceleration, tight backseat, and aged interior took a took on the ranking. In its 6th place, Ford has lots of things going for it from the perspective of handling and ride, yet there is more to be a great family hauler than amazing dynamics. To top it all, 2018 Ford Escape has great features and you can be assured that your driving experience will level up.