If you like the upright stance of an SUV but really want something that drives more like a car, the 2018 Ford Escape should be right up your alley.
2018 Ford Escape
Why Buy the 2018 Ford Escape?
If you like the idea and the look of an SUV but you don't really want the reality of owning and running one, the 2018 Ford Escape is the ideal choice. It has the looks and vibe of a crossover, with performance and handling that's far from the Ford Focus. With prices starting from as little as $23,850, and even the most fabulously well-equipped Titanium AWD costing just $33,395, the Escape is also exceptional value for money.
Although a little smaller than some of its main rivals, a slightly longer wheelbase means the Escape is almost as spacious inside as some of its competitors that have larger exterior dimensions. Clever design means the seat profile is slim, which leaves more space inside, but the seats are more than comfortable enough for lengthy journeys. In what might be something of a magic Ford move, the seats are also firm enough to suit the sporty car-like handling of the Ford perfectly.
What Engines Come in the Ford Escape?
You'll have a choice of three different engines in the 2018 Ford Escape. They are all four-cylinder units, but they cover a reasonably wide spectrum. The base engine in the S model is a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated engine that produces 168 horsepower and is only available with front-wheel drive. Next up is a 1.5-liter EcoBoost inline-four turbo with 179 horsepower that's standard in SE and Titanium models, which can be upgraded from front-wheel drive to all-wheel drive. A third engine is available for the SE and Titanium trims, which is a 2.0-liter EcoBoost boasting as much as 245 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque. All trim, engine, and drivetrain combinations come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Is the Ford Escape Good on Gas?
A compact crossover like the 2018 Ford Escape has to do better than standard with fuel economy--and it does. The best EPA ratings are for front-drive models with the 1.5-liter EcoBoost, which come in at 23 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg combined. But even the least frugal 2.0-liter all-wheel drive models are pretty good on gas when it comes down to it, with ratings of 20 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg combined.
Why Choose the Escape Over the Edge or the Explorer?
The Escape is honestly more like a sports car and less like the ladder-frame SUVs that were its original inspiration, which now seem as far removed from the current model as a chicken or pigeon of today is from its dinosaur ancestors. If you're worried about driving a big SUV, the Escape gives you the handling you want with a car-like feel. The real joy for buyers like these, though, is that the 2018 Escape still looks like a miniature Edge or Explorer. Add in the available sports appearance package for the top two trims and the Escape becomes one of the sportiest crossover in the current marketplace.