2018 Ford Escape SUV Model Review, Specs, Pricing & Specs

2018 Ford Escape Model Overview at Donley Ford Lincoln of Shelby

Key Features

  • Starting at $23,940 MSRP*
  • Your choice of a standard 2.5L iVCT I-4 engine with 168 horsepower, an optional 1.5L EcoBoost® I-4 with 179 horsepower, or an optional 2.0L EcoBoost® I-4 with 245 horsepower
  • Standard 21 city/29 hwy/24 combined MPG fuel economy**
  • Available Intelligent 4WD (SE, SEL, and Titanium models)
  • Standard SYNC® Voice Recognition Communications and Entertainment System with 4.2-inch color LCD screen
  • 60/40 split-fold rear bench seat with recline
  • Available hands-free foot-activated power rear liftgate
  • Optional Panoramic Vista Roof®

About the Ford Escape

Adventurous, connected, and confident -- the Ford Escape is the SUV that has everything you need to gear up and chase your next adventure. Perfect for those always on the go, the Escape lets you fold down its standard 60/40 split rear seats to reveal a flat load surface and 68 cubic feet of total cargo space. Three available engine choices allow you to opt for power, efficiency, and capability. Available Intelligent 4WD gives the Ford Escape confidence across all weather conditions and terrain, meaning that you'll always be ready for the unexpected. Available Auto Start-Stop Technology helps the Escape maximize fuel economy, allowing you to spend less time at the pump and more time exploring.

Available SYNC® 3 provides enhanced voice-recognition to seamlessly answer calls, access media, and much more. An optional Reverse Sensing System takes the guesswork out of parking and makes it effortless to squeeze the Ford Escape into a tight space. Stylish alloy wheel designs are offered in 17, 18, and 19-inch sizing to help you make a statement wherever you travel behind the wheel of the Escape.

What the Critics Say

"The Escape still looks firm, taut, even nubile if you line it up against something as dowdy as a Subaru Crosstrek. It doesn't toe the blocky-SUV line at all-a big turnaround from the first-generation Escape and its mini-Explorer shape. Today's model is handsome and pert, six years into its lifespan, and a new front end applied last year only made it better-looking." -- The Car Connection

"Solid, sophisticated, and athletic, the fun-to-drive Ford Escape delivers agile handling and a taut, yet supple ride. Its cabin is one of the quietest in the class. Overall, this small SUV feels more substantial than most of the competition." -- Consumer Reports

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What's New For 2018

For 2018, the Ford Escape receives a new SEL trim level which includes leather seating surfaces, power tailgate, and SYNC 3 with an 8-inch display. SE models now feature heated front seats while the range-topping Titanium trim now comes exclusively with the 2.0L EcoBoost® I-4 with 245 horsepower.

Ford Escape Features

Ford Escape Performance

Capable Performance

Regardless of your driving style, the Ford Escape has plenty of powertrain options to suit your needs. Standard power for the Escape comes in the form of a 2.5L iVCT I-4 engine with 168 horsepower. Standard on SE and SEL models is a 1.5L EcoBoost® I-4 with 179 horsepower for an optimized blend of power and efficiency. For the ultimate in driving thrills, the Escape Titanium comes with a Twin-Scroll 2.0L EcoBoost® I-4 with 245 horsepower. Every model comes paired with a responsive 6-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission along with Auto Stop-Start Technology to minimize fuel consumption. With a towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds and an available Intelligent 4WD system, the Ford Escape is prepared to help you conquer your next challenge.

Ergonomic Interior

Step inside the Ford Escape and you'll be greeted by a comfortable environment that's packed with an extensive list of available amenities. Featuring a large forward panel which tilts up or opens fully, the optional Panoramic Vista Roof® also offers a fixed rear skylight for an added touch of refinement. Sized and contoured to fit anyone's hands, an ergonomic steering wheel features an available heating function to warm up on those chilly winter mornings. Versatile seating configurations give you the ability to adapt the interior to suit your needs. Choose from cloth, partial leather, or leather seating surfaces for personalized comfort. Find your favorite color among the 7 hues of ambient lighting to customize the mood inside the Ford Escape.

2018 Ford Escape Interior
2018 Ford Escape SYNC 3 Multimedia System

Connected Technology

Thanks to an array of advanced technology features, the Ford Escape proves to be one smart SUV. Bring the power of Siri® into your Escape with Siri Eyes Free and your paired iPhone®. Available SYNC 3 offers simple-to-use, responsive voice-activated technology in addition to Wi-Fi® Hotspot connectivity. You'll also enjoy your favorite apps and media with seamless smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. FordPass is your one-stop app for finding parking, comparing fuel prices, receiving key vehicle info, and even locking or unlocking your vehicle remotely.

Groundbreaking Safety

Designed to keep you out of harm's way and protected from the unexpected, the Ford Escape comes equipped with several groundbreaking safety features. 7 airbags are included as standard equipment and features a Personal Safety System™ for the driver and front passenger. Additional available driver-assistive safety technologies include Enhanced Active Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning with Brake Support, and BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert. With such a commitment to keeping occupants protected, it comes as no surprise that the Ford Escape has earned a 5-Star crash rating from the NHTSA***.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
2018 Ford Escape Standard Airbags

Trims & Specs

Ford Escape S

2018 Ford Escape S
  • Starting at $23,940 MSRP*
  • 2.5L iVCT I-4 engine with 168 horsepower
  • SYNC® Voice Recognition Communications and Entertainment System with 4.2-inch color LCD screen
  • Power windows with one-touch-down driver's side feature
  • Remote Keyless Entry System with integrated keyhead transmitter remotes
  • 17-inch Steel Wheels with Sparkle Silver-Painted Covers

Ford Escape SE

2018 Ford Escape SE
  • Starting at $25,700 MSRP*
  • 1.5L EcoBoost® I-4 engine with Auto Start-Stop Technology and 179 horsepower
  • 10-way power driver's seat with power lumbar and recline, heated seating surfaces
  • Dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control
  • SecuriCode™ Keyless-Entry Keypad
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio and SiriusXM Traffic with Travel Link®

Ford Escape SEL

2018 Ford Escape SEL
  • Starting at $28,100 MSRP*
  • Reverse Sensing System
  • LED signature lighting
  • Power Liftgate
  • Heated sideview mirrors
  • SYNC® 3 and SYNC® Connect with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration

Ford Escape Titanium

2018 Ford Escape Titanium
  • Starting at $32,140 MSRP*
  • 2.0L Twin Scroll EcoBoost® engine with 245 horsepower and Auto Start-Stop technology
  • Leather-Trimmed Front Bucket Seats with Driver Seat Memory
  • Audio System from Sony® with HD Radio™ Technology and 10 speakers
  • Hands-Free Foot-Activated Power Liftgate
  • Voice-activated Navigation System with pinch-to-zoom capability, and integrated SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link®

*MSRP for base vehicle shown excluding destination/delivery fee plus government fees and taxes, any finance charges, any dealer processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Optional equipment not included. Starting A, Z and X Plan price is for qualified, eligible customers and excludes document fee, destination/delivery charge, taxes, title and registration. Not all vehicles qualify for A, Z or X Plan. All Mustang Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R prices exclude gas guzzler tax.

**EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.

***Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov).

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