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2018 S 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $23,940
2018 SE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $25,700
2018 SE 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $27,050
2018 SEL 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $28,100
2018 SEL 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $29,450
2018 Titanium 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $32,140
2018 Titanium 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $33,490
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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.

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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:

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Priced from $24,845 (including $995 destination), the Escape S comes with the 2.5-liter engine and front-wheel drive. Along with all the expected features in this class, the S gets an electronic parking brake, an adjustable load floor, an infotainment system with Ford's Sync voice-command system, and a rearview camera. The exterior carries black trim and 17-inch steel wheels. Options are limited to remote start ($450), a cargo cover ($135), and various floor protection items.

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For $26,600, the SE furnishes the 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine and extras like a power driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, automatic headlights, and chrome exterior trim. All-wheel drive becomes available at this trim level for $1,350. The Safe and Smart Package ($1,295) tacks on numerous safety aids: blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking, automatic wipers with de-icers, and automatic high beams. The SE Sport Appearance Package, also $1,295, adds heated front seats with driver memory, partial leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, 19-inch black wheels, LED lighting, and gloss black trim. An upgraded infotainment interface, known as Sync 3 ($850), includes a touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Navigation can be added to the system for $795. A panoramic sunroof tops things off for $995.

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The SEL ($29,000) builds on the SE and also comes with a full leather interior, a power liftgate, heated side mirrors, rear parking sensors, and Sync 3. The Safe and Smart Package, navigation, and panoramic sunroof continue as options. The SEL can get bright-finish 18-inch wheels for $595.

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The $34,040 Titanium gets the more powerful 2.0-liter engine, plus standard remote start, navigation, and 18-inch wheels. Exclusive features include a hands-free power liftgate, keyless ignition, a power passenger seat, ambient interior lighting, front parking sensors, and a 10-speaker Sony sound system with HD radio. The Safe and Smart Package and sunroof are still optional. Nickel-finish 19-inch wheels can be added for $695.

The available Towing Package ($495) permits the SE and SEL to pull up to 2,000 pounds. So equipped, the Titanium is rated to tow $3,500 pounds.

CarsDirect Tip

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.

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Following a mild refresh last year, the slickly-designed 2018 Ford Escape adds a new trim level – the SEL. But its sharp handling, generous cargo area, and wide choice of tech features are offset by a confusing dash, overly firm seats, and EPA numbers we find tough to hit in real-world driving.

Best Value

Escape pricing for 2018 starts at $24,845 for a front-wheel drive base S trim and runs up to $37,770 for a fully-optioned, all-wheel-drive Titanium model finished in available Ruby Red Metallic. In all, buyers can choose from four trim (S, SE, SEL, and Titanium), each assigned one of three engines (a normally-aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder and two turbocharged four-cylinder engines displacing 1.5-liters and 2.0-liters), mated to a capable, but aging, six-speed automatic.

We'd skip both the base and SE trims and opt for the new SEL with its 1.5-liter turbo and standard features that include alloy wheels, fog lights, easier-to-clean leather-trimmed heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate, halogen projector headlights with LED signature lighting, a reverse sensing system, and Sync3 with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and satellite radio. The SEL also affords access to an AWD drivetrain plus a number of advanced safety features.

Here's how we'd build it:

  • Model: 2018 Ford Escape SE
  • Engine: 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Output: 179 hp / 177 lb-ft
  • Transmission:Six-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • MPG: 22 City / 28 Hwy
  • Options: Intelligent 4WD System ($1,350), Safe and Smart Package ($1,295, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist with driver alert, rain-sensing wipers, windshield wiper de-icer).
  • Base Price: $29,000 (including a $995 destination fee)
  • Best Value Price:$31,645


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The Escape's polished, capable handling and excellent body control is nearly as good as the class-leading Mazda CX-5. It's especially impressive when equipped with the 2.0-liter turbo-four's 245 horsepower that offers ample low-end torque, quick acceleration, and effortless passing even at freeway speeds.

On the flip side, the six-speed automatic is a gear or three behind cutting edge, the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder is the slowest and least fuel-efficient, and the 1.5-liter turbo, though stronger at low revs, is nearly as rough and loud as the 2.5-liter. Finally, despite grille shutters and start/stop tech for the turbo-fours, we've found it difficult to hit the EPA numbers for all three engines in real world driving.


The Escape's sleek sheet metal strikes the perfect balance between an aggressive SUV and sporty hatchback – a look that was further enhanced with a cleaner-looking front fascia that was added in 2017. That look is wrapped around an intimate cabin that features a heavily-sculpted dash, good materials, and firm, supportive seats.

But all is not perfect, as a plethora of little black buttons looks dated on a dash that steals knee room from front seat occupants. For some, the seats might be overly firm, while cargo space of 34 cubic feet behind the back seats is only midpack. Moreover, the panoramic sunroof slices into the headroom of an interior that, even without it, can feel tight.

The Best and Worst Things

The 2018 Escape's smooth ride and taut handling stand out in a class that largely consists of plain vanilla people movers.

The overly-complex dash robs knee room from front seat passengers in an interior that already feels confining.

Right For? Wrong For?

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Sharp handling, nicely-weighted steering, and a polished ride should attract enthusiasts who need a versatile crossover.

While a rearview camera is standard, advanced safety features are unavailable on the base trim and are a $1,295 option across the rest of the lineup, which could be a turnoff for safety-focused buyers.

The Bottom Line

Despite a busy dash and middling fuel economy, the 2018 Escape is a top pick in the compact crossover class thanks to taught handling, a slick design, and a wide range of models and features.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 168 HP / 170 ft.lbs.
6-spd SelectShift w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 168 HP / 170 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 29 / 25 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Short And Long Arm
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
15.7 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
67.8 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
98 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
178.1 "
Exterior Width
72.4 "
Exterior Height
66.3 "
Front Headroom
39.9 "
Rear Headroom
39.0 "
Front Legroom
43.1 "
Rear Legroom
36.8 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.3 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,542 Lbs.
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
19.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
17.0 " Steel / 17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Convex Spotter
Front Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Light / Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
4 / 3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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