2018 Ford Escape: The Blue Oval’s Compact SUV Needs A Major Refresh
















The 2018 Ford Escape is Ford’s compact SUV. It was originally introduced as a 2001 model. It is currently in its third generation, which went on sale for the 2013 model year and was facelifted for 2017. In terms of sales, the Escape is in fourth place in its class for 2017 through the end of October. It trails the leading Toyota RAV4, the Nissan Rogue, and the Honda CR-V. It is slightly ahead of the all-new Chevrolet Equinox, which has been catching up for the past few months.

The 2018 Ford Escape is a two-row, five-seat compact SUV. It provides 34 cubic feet of space behind the second-row seats, and 68 cubic feet behind the front seats, when the rear seats are folded flat.

2018 Ford Escape Trim Levels And Pricing

The 2018 Escape comes in three trim levels: S, SE, SEL, and Titanium. Pricing starts at $23,850 for the S with front-wheel drives and tops out at $32,640 for the Titanium with all-wheel drive.

What’s New For 2018 On The Ford Escape

The new SEL trim level joins the S, SE and Titanium Ford Escape trims for 2018. The SEL features leather-trimmed seating, power liftgate, heated exterior mirrors, signature LED lighting, SYNC 3 with a SYNC Connect 8” display and reverse sensing system.

The SE series gets front heated cloth seats, roof side rails and a perimeter alarm. The Escape Titanium gets a 2.0L EcoBoost engine, navigation system, enhanced active park assist and high-intensity discharge headlamps.

Three Engines Available On 2018 Ford Escape

The standard Ford Escape engine is a 2.5L four-cylinder with 168 horsepower. There are two optional engines, both with EcoBoost: a 1.5L turbo four-cylinder with 179 horsepower, and a 2.0 L turbo four-cylinder with 245 horsepower. All engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional on all trim levels. Trailer towing packages are available for both EcoBoost engines.

Ford Escape Safety Systems

Standard safety equipment on the 2018 Ford Escape includes seven airbags, AdvanceTrac with roll stability control, anti-lock braking system, traction control, SOS post-crash alert system, tire pressure monitoring system, and a rear view camera.

Available driver assistance features are adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with brake support, lane keeping system, and blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert.

The Ford Escape finds itself in a similar position as many of its Ford stablemates. It is an old design, and it is way past its replace-by date. It is currently being outsold by several competitors that are newer, roomier, and better-equipped. It sells fairly well because there are so many Ford dealers, but it will continue to gradually lose sales and slip down the standings until it is replaced by an all-new design. The compact SUV segment is the largest and most competitive for SUV buyers, so Ford needs an entry that is a standout. Sad to say, the current Escape is not that vehicle.

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