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City mpg:
21
Highway mpg:
29

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 Ford Escape SUV Overview

The standard features of the Ford Escape S include Duratec 2.5L I-4 168hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, Safety Canopy System curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 17" steel wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, AdvanceTrac w/Roll Stability Control electronic stability.

2018 Ford
Escape SUV

Starting at: $23,850

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Emergency communication system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Ground clearance (min) - 201mm (7.9")
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 4.2"
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Engine displacement - 2.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 168hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Engine torque - 170 lb.-ft. @ 4,500RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 89.0mm x 100.0mm (3.50" x 3.94")
  • Compression ratio - 9.70 to 1
  • Curb weight - 1,607kg (3,542lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 680kg (1,500lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,524mm (178.1")
  • Exterior body width - 1,839mm (72.4")
  • Exterior height - 1,684mm (66.3")
  • Wheelbase - 2,690mm (105.9")
  • Turning radius - 5.9m (19.4')
  • Front legroom - 1,095mm (43.1")
  • Rear legroom - 935mm (36.8")
  • Front headroom - 1,013mm (39.9")
  • Rear headroom - 991mm (39.0")
  • Front hiproom - 1,392mm (54.8")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,331mm (52.4")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,422mm (56.0")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,405mm (55.3")
  • Passenger volume - 2,778L (98.1 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 971 L (34 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 1,920 L (68 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 2.5
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 168hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Torque - 170 lb.-ft. @ 4,500RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Manual-shift auto - SelectShift
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Limited slip differential
  • Fuel economy combined - 24mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 15.7gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 21mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 29mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Adjustable head restraints - driver and passenger w/tilt
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Front tires - 235/55HR17.0
  • Rear tires - 235/55HR17.0
  • Wheel size - 17"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
S 2018 Ford Escape SUV S Search New $23,850   168-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  21 / 29  
SE 2018 Ford Escape SUV SE Search New $25,605   179-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  23 / 30  
SE 2018 Ford Escape SUV SE Search New $26,955   179-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 28  
SEL
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$28,005   179-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  23 / 30  
SEL
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$29,355   179-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 28  
Titanium 2018 Ford Escape SUV Titanium Search New $32,045   245-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  21 / 28  
Titanium 2018 Ford Escape SUV Titanium Search New $33,395   245-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 27  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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The standard Escape engine is the 2.5-liter making 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. It’s neither modern nor exciting, but still smooth and competent. It’s not quick but it has adequate acceleration. It has a bit less horsepower and torque than the new 1.5-liter, and gets two less mpg.

The new 1.5-liter engine makes 179 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. The transmission kicks down as much as with the 2.5 liter. For a little engine it makes booming sounds when you floor it, although its bark is bigger than its bite because it’s not exactly a rocket. But as 1.5-liter engines go, it’s good.

The only engine choice, in our minds, is the EcoBoost 2.0-liter turbo, making 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet or torque, and zooming to sixty miles per hour in less than seven seconds. It’s a big bargain at an option price of about $1500 more. It separates the Escape from almost every other crossover in its class.

The six-speed automatic is a good match for the EcoBoost engines, with programmed shift points that balance fuel mileage (some transmissions are programmed for fuel mileage, which can make them shift at unnatural times). The 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter get paddle shifters, while the 2.5 has a lame sport mode with a switch on the lever to change gears.

All-wheel drive moves power from the front to rear wheels, up to 100 percent in either direction, where ever the traction is needed.

The Escape’s handling is sharp and engaging, responsive with great body control, much better than your average crossover. The steering is crisp, weighty and fast. What makes it so good might be the electronic torque vectoring, which dabs the inside front brake in a corner to help the car turn. That’s why it’s so sharp.

The ride is tightly damped, and sometimes can feel too firm; and with the 19-inch wheels as on the Titanium, it can feel harsh. The smaller wheels bring a smoother ride.

Walk Around

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The design and styling of the Escape is very tidy. Compared to the Honda CR-V, it’s a few inches shorter with a wheelbase that’s nearly three inches longer. Less overhang past the front and rear axles, and a more solid planting on the highway.

The sheetmetal is clean, crisp, pert, stylish, direct and modern. Think outdoorsy millennial.

Interior Overview

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The cabin is heavily styled with bold contours, swoopy and finely detailed. It makes other compact crossovers boring. But it’s also plasticky.

The swoopy dash wraps around so much that it takes some knee and legroom away from the front passenger, but that’s still nearly two inches more than the Honda CR-V. Thick A-pillars steal some forward visibility.

The front seats are slim and firm. The electronic parking brake, small as a button, frees up center console space. There’s a horizontal vent under the LCD screen that does a good job of heating and cooling the climate controls and kneecaps. There’s a CD player on the center stack.

The rakish profile steals some airiness out of the cabin, but there’s still enough left. There’s plenty of headroom in the rear, at least without the panoramic sunroof that would make it more airy. The Escape is considered a five-seater but there’s only room for two adults, with one inch less rear legroom than the CR-V.

The rear seatbacks and headrests flip down easily, creating 68 cubic feet of cargo space. There’s an optional two-position load floor, flat or max storage, with an enclosed big square cargo bin that holds 34 cubic feet. The rear hatch can be opened by swinging a foot under the bumper, with the fob in your pocket or purse.

Ford’s Sync Connect enables remote access to the car’s functions via smartphone.

Summary

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The Ford Escape is stylish and capable. We prefer the 2.0-liter engine. No flaws in the drivetrain, great handling, but don’t expect a soft ride. Can’t fit five adults, but can fit a lot of cargo with seats that easily drop.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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2018 Ford Escape S ($23,850), SE ($25,605), SEL ($28,005), and Titanium ($32,045) come standard with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available for all but the S model ($1350).

Available features include Sync 3 infotainment, navigation, HD and satellite radio, Bluetooth with audio streaming, push-button start, tow package, panoramic sunroof.

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