2018 Ford Escape
The Ford Escape, bold, fun and bigger than you think, fold down both rear seat backs for a flat load surface and 68 cu. ft. of total cargo space. Or fold down one of the 60/40 split rear seat backs and still have room for one or two passengers. If you’re carrying small items, leave both seat backs up and you’ll have 34 cu. ft. of cargo space. For more space, available roof rack side rails with available crossbars let you carry more cargo, especially items that don’t transport easily inside.
The available Intelligent 4WD System continuously monitors traction and road conditions every 16 milliseconds. It can transfer torque from front wheels to rear wheels as needed to ensure a precise blend of handling and traction at all times.
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Introducing the 2018 Ford Escape
Meet the exciting Ford Escape
The Escape offers optional all-wheel drive, respectable fuel economy and an available hands-free power liftgate. You can outfit the Escape from comfortable casual (SE trim with no options) to rugged luxury (a loaded Titanium model). On the road, its agility instills a level of driver confidence that’s rare in this class.
After a more comprehensive update last year that introduced a new four-cylinder engine and improved things such as smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were introduced) and small-item storage (old lever-mounted parking brake replaced with a button), the 2018 Escape now offers a SEL trim level that bridges the gap between the more mainstream SE model and the luxury fixings of the Titanium.
Overall, the Escape excels in some areas and falls short in others. With its turbo four-cylinder, quick steering, and tight suspension, the Escape is one of the more engaging compact SUVs to drive. Large cargo space and an excellent tech interface are other advantages. Generally we think the 2018 Escape’s qualities outweigh its flaws and deserves a close look from anyone interested in a compact SUV.
For 2018, the Escape offers a new SEL trim level that comes with features such as a power liftgate, leather upholstery and the Sync 3 tech interface. Ford has also revised the availability of a few other safety and convenience features on the Escape this year. Unfortunately, the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is now only available on the top Titanium trim level.
The Escape SEL is a good way to get near the Titanium’s near-luxury offerings while keeping the price affordable. With the SEL, you get some nice features, including a power liftgate, leather upholstery and the Sync 3 tech interface. If safety is important to you, consider getting an SEL with the optional Safe and Smart package, which adds a comprehensive set of advanced driver aids, such as lane departure intervention and forward collision mitigation.
The 2018 Escape is a compact crossover SUV that comes in S, SE, SEL and Titanium trim levels. The S is fairly bare-bones, so we expect most buyers will want to start their search with an SE, which offers an upgraded engine, nicer wheels, a power-adjustable driver seat and more available options. The new-for-2018 SEL trim level adds more convenience features while the top-trim Titanium adds luxury touches and an even more powerful engine.
The turbo four-cylinder gives the Escape rapid acceleration. Unlike many competitors, the Escape also feels lively going around turns. The transmission is a smooth operator as well, The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is powerful, and it makes accelerating up to highway speeds and passing slow-moving traffic a breeze. In our testing, an Escape Titanium accelerated from zero to 60 mph in an impressively quick 7.1 seconds.
Brake performance is solid and consistent. The Escape is very stable, even during our panic-simulation stop tests. In everyday driving, the brakes offer linear response and feel. It has an artificial steering feel, which is the norm these days for compact SUVs. Still, there’s enough feedback to make you feel in control.
All-wheel-drive Escapes benefit from an advanced power distribution system that makes the Escape a capable handler as well as a solid all-weather choice. Front-wheel-drive Escapes also feel sure-footed thanks to the well-tuned suspension.