2018 Ford Escape SUV
There's little getting away from the fact crossovers are moving increasingly further away from their SUV roots, and a number are now even going as far as not even offering all-wheel drive at all. The Ford Escape is a thoroughly modern crossover that's extremely carlike in the way it drives and handles, but it's still also available with all-wheel drive for when conditions are less than ideal. So, let's take a look in a little more detail at the 2018 Ford Escape to see how it measures up in this incredibly competitive segment of the market.
Although if you look hard enough, you might just be able to still see a little evidence of the truck-derived heritage of the Escape in the way it's styled, the way this model drives isn’t all that's a lot more car-like these days than it used to be. The latest Escape looks increasingly more like the Focus as time goes by, which isn’t a bad thing by any means. The Escape may be a relatively tall model, but it's still quite different to the likes of the C-Max as the Escape is a lot more sporty, stylish and dynamic. The exterior recently enjoyed a mild refresh to keep it looking very contemporary, and the sheet metal effectively now being six model years old does nothing to date the Ford in any way. It's pretty common these days for crossovers, especially compacts, to pursue a sporty direction for their styling, but it's hard to think of any that look as sporty as the latest Escape does.
Three engine options are available for the 2018 Ford Escape, with the standard unit being the familiar naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four that develops 168 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque. Then there's the option to upgrade to the 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbo-four that was introduced just last year, which then means you have as much as 179 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. to play with. A 2.0-liter EcoBoost is the most powerful unit on offer, which then puts an impressive 245 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. at your disposal that propels the Ford in a way that's totally commensurate with the way it looks. Every Escape features a six-speed automatic transmission, with EcoBoost engines getting the upgrade to steering wheel paddle shifts. The majority of Escape models on lots are likely to be front-wheel drive these days, but all-wheel drive is still likely to be a sought-after option, especially in areas when the weather gets interesting during winter months.
Ford manages to strike just the right balance between fuel economy and performance with the Escape. The best fuel economy comes from the 1.5-liter turbo-four, which is rated at 10.2 L/100 km in the city and 7.9 L/100 km on the highway with front-wheel drive, and 10.7 L/100 km in the city and 8.3 L/100 km on the highway with all-wheel drive. The 2.0-litre unit is no gas guzzler though either, with figures as good as 10.6 L/100 km in the city and 8.0 L/100 km on the highway with front-drive, and 11.5 L/100 km in the city and 8.7 L/100 km on the highway with the added capability of all-wheel drive.
Features and equipment
The Escape is still available in four trim levels of S, SE, SEL and the top of the range Titanium trim. All versions come standard with features including: full power features, a rearview camera, air conditioning, cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels, a six-speaker AM/FM/CD sound system, and Ford’s Sync infotainment control system with a 4.2-inch screen. It just gets better and better from there, with the SE getting the 1.5-litre powerplant standard and the Titanium getting the 2.0-litre engine and a whole lot more as part of its standard equipment.
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