The 2018 Ford Escape is offered in S, SE, SEL and Titanium trims, with three different engines and with most models offered with a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Base S models are only offered with front-wheel drive, and they come with a 168-horsepower, 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. The SE comes standard with a 181-horsepower, 1.5L turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine, while a 2.0L turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine that makes an impressive 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque is optional for all models except Titanium.
All models come with a SelectShift 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. Several technologies help the Escape not only tackle slick road conditions but also improve cornering. Curve Control and Torque Vectoring Control help improve stability, while the new "Intelligent" 4-wheel drive system in 4-wheel drive models uses sensor inputs to actively act to maintain stability, utilizing an electromagnetic clutch system to send power to the wheels where traction is needed most.
Although off-roading isn't how most Escape buyers will use the SUV, it can handle gravel roads and modest forest trails just fine; and when properly equipped, it can tow up to 3,500 pounds. On all models, 4-wheel disc brakes provide strong stopping power, while an electric rack-and-pinion steering system is precise and well-weighted.
The Escape's rakish design doesn't get in the way of interior space either. The model has supportive bucket seats in front with a good view out, as well as space for three across in back. There's a generous 34.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the back seat--thanks to a low, 2-position cargo floor -- and that can be expanded to 68.1 cubic feet by flipping forward the second row seatbacks.
Escape S models come with a generous list of features for a base model, including air conditioning, Sync voice command, Bluetooth connectivity, remote keyless entry, steering-wheel audio controls, cruise control, power windows and mirrors, a 6-speaker audio system and a rearview camera system. The SE model adds upgraded exterior trim, a center console with armrest, dual chrome exhaust, a keyless entry keypad, Sirius Satellite Radio compatibility, fog lamps, upgraded upholstery, a 10-way driver's seat, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Finally, the top-of-the-line Titanium comes with remote start, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, silver roof rails, a 10-speaker Sony stereo, Sync 3 infotainment system, a media hub with SD card reader and video inputs, a garage-door opener, 18-inch alloys, rear parking sensors and heated side mirrors.
Sync 3, which is also optional on the SE, is a Blackberry-based touchscreen system for connectivity and infotainment that allows the pairing of a smartphone or media player for phone calls, music, navigation and vehicle settings all through the touchscreen, steering wheel controls or voice commands. It responds to pinch and swipe gestures much like smartphone and tablet screens, for easy navigation.
An active park assist system will "see" a parallel parking space and actually steer the vehicle into the spot while the driver modulates the accelerator and brake. The BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert prevents accidents by helping the driver spot other unseen vehicles. An available hands-free tailgate system only requires that the drive 'kick' their foot under the rear bumper.
Stronger Performance And Better Handling Than Other Small Affordable Crossovers
Excellent "Sync 3" Infotainment And Connectivity
Excellent Fuel Economy
The Ford Escape receives some minor updates for 2018 adding a new SEL trim that features amenities like leather seats, a power lift gate, and an 8-inch infotainment system that works with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Titanium now comes exclusively with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged engine.
The 2018 Ford Escape is a sleek, rakish, modern design, yet it is surprisingly roomy inside. Also surprising is how well the Escape responds and handles -- as if it were a sport wagon. The Escape's turbocharged powertrains are standouts in this class, offering more power than you get elsewhere, plus excellent fuel economy. In terms of tech features, between the "Sync 3" infotainment system, an active park assist system and active-safety features like BLIS, the Escape stands far apart from more plainly presented crossover wagons.
Engine: 1.5L EcoBoost -inc: auto start-stop technology
Radio: AM/FM Stereo w/Single-CD/MP3 Player -inc: 6 speakers, speed compensated volume and SiriusXM radio w/a 6 month prepaid subscription, Note: SiriusXM audio and data services each require a subscription sold separately, or as a package, by Sirius XM Radio Inc, If you decide to continue service after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew thereafter and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates, Fees and taxes apply, To cancel you must call SiriusXM at 1-866-635-2349, See SiriusXM Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com, All fees and programming subject to change, Sirius, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of Sirius XM Radio Inc SiriusXM service is not available in Alaska and Hawaii.
Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
Integrated Roof Antenna
SYNC 3 Communications & Entertainment System -inc: enhanced voice recognition, 8" LCD capacitive touchscreen in center stack w/swipe capability, AppLink, 911 Assist, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto compatibility and 2 smart-charging multimedia USB ports
SYNC Connect -inc: remotely start, lock and unlock vehicle, schedule specific times to remotely start vehicle, locate parked vehicle, check vehicle status and Wi-Fi hotspot connects up to 10 devices, service for 5 years
Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
Illuminated Glove Box
Driver Foot Rest
Full Cloth Headliner
Interior Trim -inc: Colored Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Colored Console Insert and Chrome/Metal-Look Interior Accents
Leatherette Door Trim Insert
Leather/Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
Heated Leather-Trimmed Front Bucket Seats -inc: 10-way power driver seat (includes power lumbar and power recline) and 4-way manual front passenger (fore/aft w/manual recline)
Day-Night Rearview Mirror
Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 4 12V DC Power Outlets
Front Map Lights
Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
Carpet Floor Trim
Cargo Area Concealed Storage
Cargo Space Lights
FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
Interior Concealed Storage, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins, 2nd Row Underseat Storage and Audio Media Storage
Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Up/Down
Delayed Accessory Power
Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
Outside Temp Gauge
Manual w/Tilt Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints