2018 Ford Escape

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Updated on: May 10, 2021

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The new third-generation Ford Escape is a crossover option for those in need of a 5 passenger vehicle with a decent boot and good towing capability. The 2018 Ford Escape interior amenities depend largely on trim as the base Escape S is scant among the competition, while the top Titanium trim is more luxuriously appointed than any of the competition. This Ford compact SUV, however, is a bit partial with best in class front legroom but below average rear legroom. Ford SYNC 3, Ford's next-generation infotainment, is available from SEL trim onwards.

The powerhouse to propel all these depends on trim too; the base Escape S ($23,850) gets outdated, least powerful, and thirsty 2.5L I4. The next in line is the new 1.5L EcoBoost in Escape SE ($25,605) and Escape SEL ($28,005). It`s significantly more powerful and delivers more efficiency than the base 2.5L I4. 

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Pros

Abundantly powerful engine

Liberally equipped higher trims

Great build quality and smart looks

Fun to drive characteristics

Cons

Lower trims are scantly equipped

Brake fails to impress

Optional safety features for a higher cost

What's New?

More power for base engine option

Hybrid powertrain debut


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23940

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

139 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

168 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

170 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

105.9 in.

length

178.1 in.

width

72.4 in.

height

66.3 in.

curb weight

3552 lbs.

ground clearance

7.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

67.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.3 sec.

zero to 100 mph

37 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.6 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

184 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/29 mpg

highway range

480.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

S $23,940 onwards

168 hp @ 6000 rpm | 2.5 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • 1st Row LCD monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction Control
  • AM/FM Stereo, Seek-Scan Radio
  • Cloth Seat Trim
  • Keyfob (all doors) Remote Keyless Entry
  • Manual Front Air Conditioning
  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection

SE $25,700 onwards

179 hp @ 6000 rpm | 1.5 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • 17" X 7" Silver Painted Aluminum Wheels
  • Driver and Front Passenger Heated-Cushion, Seatback
  • Driver Lumbar Support
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite, Seek-Scan Radio

SEL $28,100 onwards

179 hp @ 6000 rpm | 1.5 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • Heated Mirrors
  • Leather Seat trim
  • Parking Assist

Titanium $32,140 onwards

245 hp @ 5500 rpm | 2 L | Inline 4 | Premium unleaded (recommended)

  • 18" Silver Aluminum Wheels
  • 2 - 1st Row LCD Monitor
  • Navigation System
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, Seek-Scan Radio
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Colors and Styles

2018 Ford Escape in Blue Metallic color 2018 Ford Escape in Ingot Silver Metallic color 2018 Ford Escape in Oxford White color 2018 Ford Escape in Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat color 2018 Ford Escape in White Gold Metallic color
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Ratings

Pricing And Features

7.9

Engine And Performance

7.3

Fuel Economy

7.9

Interior

6.8

Exterior

7.3

Safety

8.1

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

6.8

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


The new third-generation Ford Escape is a crossover option for those in need of a 5 passenger vehicle with a decent boot and good towing capability. The powerhouse to propel is adequate and it has quite decent features expected from an SUV. The Escape SEL is a great choice for its almost titanium level luxury. You get Power Liftgate, Leather upholstery, and SYNC 3 as a standard among many others. Although you have to equip it with Ford's safe and smart package that gets advanced driver assistance systems like lane departure intervention and forward collision mitigation.

2018 Ford Escape SUV front view
2018 Ford Escape SUV rear view

7.9/10
Pricing and Features

7.3/10
Engine and Performance

7.9/10
Fuel Economy

6.8/10
Interior

7.3/10
Exterior

8.1/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition

6.8/10
Final Verdict


2018 Ford Escape Pricing and Features

7.9/10

The base 2018 Ford Escape S retails at $23,850. That's below the segment favorite Honda C-RV (starting from $24,150) and Mazda CX-5 ($24,045). However, stay away from the Escape S as it lacks any desired features and comes with the downright unsatisfactory 2.5L I4. The base Sportage LX costs less ($23,500), is better appointed and its 2.4 L I4 delivers power and efficiency on par with costlier rivals. Anyways, continuing with Escape, the Escape SE, and higher trim starts making sense with 1.5L EcoBoost and 2.0L EcoBoost engines.

Trims

S

SE

SEL

Titanium

MSRP

$23,850

$25,605

$28,005

$32,045

Features

2.5l evict engine with flex-fuel capability

1.5l EcoBoost engine with auto start-stop technology

Power liftgate

Leather-trimmed 10-way heated, power driver and front passenger seats

 

Advancetrac with RSC (roll stability control)

Dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control

Halogen projector headlamps with LED signature lighting

Remote start system

 

SYNC

10-way power driver seat with power lumbar adjust

SYNC 3

A voice-activated touchscreen navigation system

 

Rearview camera

Dual chrome exhaust tips

Reverse sensing system

10-speaker audio system from Sony

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Except for the top-end Titanium trim, FWD configuration is standard on all trims. The optional $2,850 Titanium Elite package 2.0 adds a head-up display and a panoramic moonroof which is exclusive to the Titanium trim only. 

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You can choose AWD ($1,750 extra), Ford's Safe and Smart package with active safety features, driver assistance systems, and others. The story of pay more, get more continues as you go higher up the chain with top-end Ford Titanium (can cross $40,000 fully loaded) being the most luxurious and most expensive in the segment.

2018 Ford Escape Engine and Performance

7.3/10

The Ford Escape has three engine options and one of them, the 2.0L EcoBoost, is the most powerful among rivals. The steering feels alive and the suspension keeps the body motions in check. All these make for a satisfying driving experience. However, all this sportiness also comes with a compromise - jittery ride quality. 

2018 Ford Escape SUV has 2.5L engine

The Ford Escape comes with a single 6-Speed Automatic Transmission. The base 2.5L naturally aspirated engine only acts as a tool to advertise a low starting price. The engine produces a power of 168 horsepower and a torque of 170 lb-ft which is lively but not upto the expectations of the customers. Therefore, the engine can be said to lack both fuel efficiency and performance. 

Models

Ford Escape S

Honda CR-V 

Kia Sportage LX

Mazda CX-5 Sport

MSRP

$ 23,850

$ 24,150

$ 23,500

$ 24,045

Engine

2.5L Inline 4

2.4L Inline 4

2.4L Inline 4

2.5L Inline 4

Fuel type

Gas

Gas

Gas

Gas

Transmission

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Power

168hp @ 6000 rpm

184hp @ 6400 rpm

181hp @ 6,000 rpm

187hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

170 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

180 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm

175 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

185 lb-ft @ 3250 rpm

The data indicates that the Honda CR-V produces the maximum horsepower and it is also the strongest engine in the segment. The Ford Escape has a decent engine but the power it produces is significantly less than its competitors. 

Acceleration and handling of the 2018 Ford Escape

The Ford Escape with the base 2.5L engine accelerates quite slowly as it takes 9.1 seconds for a 0-60 sprint. The acceleration cannot be said to be peppy and this is one aspect that could be improved in future models. Moreover, the handling qualities of the Ford Escape is in line with its name - Escape. 

2018 Ford Escape SUV accelerate in 9.1 sec

Down the sinuous road, it hunts corner like a hound and you are left questioning yourself how you can enjoy a drive in a high riding crossover. The ride quality though is not compromised and the Ford Escape remains supple in the city or on highway excursion.

Models

Ford Escape 

Honda CR-V 

Kia Sportage LX

Mazda CX-5 sport

0-60 MPH

9.1 sec

7.5 sec

6.7 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter mile

16.8 sec

15.8 sec

15.1 sec

16.3 sec

Engine

2.5L

2.4L

2.4L

2.5L

Emission

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

7.3

6.3

6.8

6.5

The data indicates that the Ford Escape is the slowest model in the segment and it takes the maximum time to reach its desired speed. The Kia Sportage on the other hand is the fastest model in this segment proving to have s swift acceleration. 

Braking performance of the 2018 Ford Escape

After impressing everybody on other dynamic fronts, the Ford Escape brake lets it down. It took the longest to stop from 60 mph - 184 feet which is quite disappointing coming from a long-standing brand like Ford. The slow responsiveness of the brakes is quite a letdown and brings down the overall performance of the Ford Escape. 

Model

Ford Escape s

Honda CR-V 

Kia Sportage 

Mazda CX-5 sport

Brake Front(in)

12.8

11.1

12.0

11.7

Brake Rear(in)

12

10.2

11.9

11.9

Curb Weight(lbs.)

3542

3307

3305

3527

60-0 MPH (ft.)

184

166

174

175

The Ford Escape performs poorly in this segment as it is the slowest model in terms of its braking performance. The Kia Sportage and Mazda CX-5 Sport are not exceptionally responsive but it is still better than the Ford whereas, the CR-V is the most efficient model in terms of its braking performance. 

The towing capacity of the 2018 Ford Escape

The Ford Explorer can tow 3500 pounds in the most capable configurations. "Most capable configuration" means 2.0 L EcoBoost Ford Escape Titanium equipped with 2.0L Class 2 Trailer Tow package. Those with 1.5 L EcoBoost can tow up to 2000 pounds with a 1.5L Class 2 Trailer Tow Package.

Model

Ford Escape 1.5 L EcoBoost

Honda CR-V 

Kia Sportage 

Mazda CX-5 sport

Weight (lbs.)

2000

1500

2000

2000

Interestingly, the trailer tow package gets you to paddle shifters. You also get trailer sway control technology and a transmission oil cooler to handle the added load. The segment leader Honda CR-V gets a below-average tow rating of 1500 pounds. The Kia Sportage and the Mazda CX-5 can tow up to 2000 pounds.

2018 Ford Escape Fuel Economy

7.9/10

The base 2.5-0liter delivers 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway for a combined EPA rating of 24 mpg. These figures are quite subpar and are not sufficient enough for an SUV. This means that the SUV will often have to hit the gas station to keep the engine running. 

Model

Ford Escape s

Honda CR-V 

Kia Sportage 

Mazda CX-5 sport

Mpg (city)

21

26

23

24

Mpg (highway) 

29

32

30

31

Mpg (combined) 

24

28

26

27

The data indicates that the Honda CR-V is the most fuel-efficient model in the segment. The Kia Sportage and Mazda CX-5 also produce a decent fuel economy but the Ford Escape loses out points with regards to its competitors since its fuel economy is not frugal.

2018 Ford Escape Interior

6.8/10

The interior of the Ford Escape is quite simple but it looks good. It doesn’t look boring at all as it includes an abundance of features which is successful enough in fixing the occupant’s attention to the cabin. The cabin offers a premium feel as it is made up of soft-touch surfaces and it also includes a leather upholstery which gives an elite feel to the model. 

2018 Ford Escape SUV front seats

The Ford Escape can seat up to five passengers and is made up of quality cloth. The front passengers are treated with generous legroom and comfortable seats. The rear seats are also comfortable but they offer the lowest in class legroom and are somewhat cramped for adults. A "media bin" is located in the center console which is the storehouse of all the enhanced features responsible for making the ride fun.

Model

Ford Escape s

Honda CR-V 

Kia Sportage 

Mazda CX-5 sport

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Passenger Volume(ft. cube)

98.1

105.9

98.6

103.6

Front (Head/Hip/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

39.9/54.8/56/43.1

40.1/55.1/57.9/41.3

39.3/54.3/57.1/41.5

39.7/55.2/57.1/41

Second (Head/Hip/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

39/52.4/55.3/36.8

39.2/49.5/55.6/40.6

39.1/51.2/55.1/38.2

39/55.3/54.8/39.6



 

The Honda CR-V offers the most spacious cabin to its occupants with the maximum space in terms of seating dimensions. The Ford Escape comes next as it provides sufficient space to its occupants. Some of the main interior features of the Ford Escape are:

  • Tilting and telescopic steering column
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Memory driver's seat
  • Power driver's seat
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Dual Zone Climate Control

Cargo capacity of the 2018 Ford Escape

The Escape has 34 cubic feet of luggage capacity with all seats up - respectable among the competition. The rear seats fold in 60/40 split and when completely folded, they liberate 68 cubic feet of space which is respectable. 

Model

Ford Escape

Honda CR-V

Kia Sportage

Mazda CX-5

All Seats Up

68 cubic feet

76 cubic feet

60 cubic feet

65 cubic feet

The second Row Folded

34 cubic feet

39 cubic feet

31 cubic feet

34 cubic feet

The Honda CR-V offers the maximum cargo capacity in this segment. The Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escape come second whereas the Kia Sportage comes last as it provides the least amount of cargo space

Infotainment features in the 2018 Ford Escape

The infotainment feature of the Ford Escape is crisp, graphic, and easily accessible in addition to being responsive. It comes with a SYNC infotainment system in lower-trim while the higher trims get the latest SYNC-3 infotainment. Lower trims get the base 6-Speaker Audio system while the top of line Escape Titanium gets a 10-Speakers Sony audio system. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available.

2018 Ford Escape SUV infotainment screen

The main infotainment features included in the Ford Escape are:

  • USB Ports
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Speed-Sensitive Volume Control
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Navigation
  • Bluetooth
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2018 Ford Escape Exterior

7.3/10

The 2018 Ford Escape exterior exudes athletic elegance. The design starts from the Aston Martin-like front grille (signature of modern fords) protruding in the airstream. From there on, numerous tight lines seem to drape the escape giving an overall impression of a fast block of stone-hurling through a silky cloth.

2018 Ford Escape Front Angle View

The most noticeable of these are two crisp lines on the bonnet that look like a crease on that aforementioned hypothetical cloth. We think Ford's Ruby Red looks most striking as it beautifully highlights the creases and its metallic sheen perfectly complements the chrome garnish in the grille making for an upscale look. White Platinum also works great if you are a fan of that color.

Model

Ford Escape s

CR-V lx 2wd

Kia Sportage LX

Mazda CX-5 sport

Curb Weight(lbs.)

3542

3307

3305

3527

Length(in)

178.1

180.6

176.4

179.1

Width(in)

72.4

73.0

73.0

72.5

Height(in)

66.3

66.1

64.4

65.3

Ground clearance(in)

7.9

-

6.4

7.6

Wheelbase(in)

105.9

104.7

105.1

106.3

Track width(in) F/R

61.5/61.6

63.0/63.7

63.5/65

62.8/6.2

The explorer has an average length among the competition at 178.1 inches. For comparison, the lengthiest competitor - Honda CR-V is 180.6-inch in length. It has the lowest width and its height is below average. All this makes for a compact proportion. The Escape is, however, one of the heaviest compact SUVs. The main exterior features of the Ford Escape are:

  • Splash guards
  • LED taillights
  • Foot-operated liftgate
  • Power liftgate
  • Heated Rear View Mirror
  • Panoramic Sunroof
2018 Ford Escape SUV exterior image
2018 Ford Escape SUV exterior image
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2018 Ford Escape Safety

8.1/10

The new Ford Escape performed well in various crash tests by NHTSA with an overall 5-star safety rating. However, IIHS does not award its top safety pick rating. That's understandable because ford is partial in terms of trim even with the safety. While other competitors at least offer essential safety features on the base trim, you have to buy higher trims in ford to feel safe.

  • Advancetrac w/Roll Stability Control Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Safety Canopy System Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Mykey System-inc: Top Speed Limiter, Audio Volume Limiter, Early Low Fuel Warning, Programmable Sound Chimes, and Beltminder w/Audio Mute
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Back-up camera

2018 Ford Escape Competition

8.0/10

Honda CR-V Vs Ford Escape

The new Honda CR-V continues on the path of its predecessor offering a combination of sumptuous and spacious interiors, segment-best fuel economy, predictable handling and well-controlled body motions, good ride quality, and plenty of techs.

Honda CR-V

All this in a reliable and safe package that's priced appropriately leaves little to complain about. However, ford is more deliciously equipped if you are ready to pay liberally.

Kia Sportage Vs Ford Escape

The new Kia Sportage is a recent contender in the compact SUV segment and offers solidly built and roomy interiors with great styling. It is the go-to car if you are looking for an under $24,000 compact SUV. However, do know that its fuel economy is sub-par.

Kia Sportage

Mazda CX-5 vs Ford Escape

The new Mazda CX-5 is a great option if you want great driving characteristics from a compact SUV. Further, it now also has a dose of practicality with a tastefully designed exterior and delicious interiors.

Mazda CX-5

However, it does lack the interior space against the Escape and your choice should boil down to your preference.

2018 Ford Escape Final Verdict

6.8/10

The 2018 Ford Escape happens to be the most enticing option for anyone who looks for the most upmarket thing in anything they buy. That means you have to pay over $40,000 for a compact SUV to get a car loaded with features like a universal garage opener and you find yourself sitting in a cockpit with ambient lighting. But it's not just cosmetic, the ride quality is supple and the car handles with precision making it genuine fun to drive.

2018 Ford Escape Consumer Reviews and Ratings

7.5

based on 159 ratings


7.6/10 Features
7.6/10 Interiors
7.7/10 Design
7.8/10 Safety
7.6/10 Reliability
7.7/10 Deal Value

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John

2018 Ford Escape

SE 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 25, 2021

Attractive styling, impressive interior, and slow acceleration

Pros - Looks great, headlight are bright, comfortable seats

Cons - Can’t change or set seat position when driving, acceleration, gas milega is lower than what dealership said

Pure SATISFACTION Like the car but the gas mileage for this size car is really poor. Had a GMC Yukon that got better mileage for its size The whole experience was good. They helped us throughout the whole process.

9/10
Features
9/10
Interior
8/10
Design
9/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

VV

Vicki

2018 Ford Escape

SE 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 25, 2021

great engine

Pros - Powerful turbocharged engine, comfortable cabin

Cons - Front end design is not easy on the eye

One of my best buys yet "The turbocharged engine in this thing is pretty great. Provides tons of power and acceleration is pretty rapid. Transmission system is great and it also turns out generally decent fuel economy. Also the dual zone climate control is a treat keeps the cabin temperature at optimal. But the front design should have been much more sleek and not so disproportionate" Different cars from different companies. Huge inventory and attractive finance options. The paperwork is quick.

8/10
Features
9/10
Interior
7/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
7/10
Dealer Review

MN

Maryellen R. Nelson

2018 Ford Escape

SEL 4dr SUV (2.0L 245 hp 4cyl 6A)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 26, 2021

durable and last long

Pros - Good built quality and performance

Cons - Poor breaking process

I got issues but dealership made everything fine. I travel 30 miles every day to work. .The car is noisy, a combination of engine, exhaust and poor sound insulation. I felt the jerks when I reduce the speed and in the reverse shift that there was an issue with the transmission. The dealer took a great time and worked hard to fix it and now, i am comfortable in shifting the gears. Laurel

8/10
Features
7/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
8/10
Dealer Review

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9

User Overall Rating

Attractive styling, impressive interior, and slow acceleration

Pure SATISFACTION

by John

8

User Overall Rating

great engine

One of my best buys yet

by Vicki

7

User Overall Rating

durable and last long

I got issues but dealership made everything fine.

by Maryellen R. Nelson

7

User Overall Rating

Crossover with some perks.

The Escape needs a bit more fine tuning.

by Peter H. Fowler

10

User Overall Rating

Has everything

Misses out on nothing

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