The popular Escape returns for another year to mix it up with the top contenders in its class. With its blend of style, technology, and economy, the compact crossover has never had a problem attracting buyers. The 2018 Ford Escape comes off as a natural fit for many American lifestyles.
What's New for 2018
The SEL model joins the lineup, featuring leather seats, a power liftgate, and other upgrades. The mid-level SE and top-trim Titanium receive adjustments to equipment and option groups. The available 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine is now reserved for Titanium models only.
Choosing Your Ford Escape
The front-drive Escape starts out with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. Most models run with Ford's 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder, which yields 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. There's also the 2.0-liter EcoBoost with 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque for class-leading performance. Every Escape comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive is available with the EcoBoost engines.
According to EPA estimates, the 2.5-liter delivers 24 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving. The 1.5-liter is rated at 26 mpg combined, or 24 mpg with all-wheel drive. The 2.0-liter comes in at 24 mpg combined, or 23 mpg when paired with all-wheel drive.
The Escape can carry up to five passenger, along with 34 cubic feet of cargo. With the rear seat folded, cargo space expands to 68 cubic feet.
Engine availability and major options vary by trim level:
We recommend skipping the S and starting your build with at least the SE, if only to get the EcoBoost engine and all-wheel drive if you want it. Our first priority with options would be the Safe and Smart Package, which supplies all the safety technology you need for a reasonable $1,295.