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