2018 Ford Escape

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Ford Escape highlights

Customer rating


  • Ample cargo room
  • Voice-controlled tech
  • Optional all-wheel drive


  • Dated dashboard design
  • Average rear visibility due to narrow windows
  • Turbo engine option has poor fuel economy

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 27 highway, 23 combined

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All Ford Escape years

What is new for the 2018 Ford Escape?

  • The Escape is available in a new trim called the SEL.
  • Escape trims have been upgraded with Automated Parking, Heated Steering Wheel, Flex Fuel Vehicle, and Navigation System as standard equipment this year.
  • The SE trim now comes with Front Seat Heaters and Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment.
  • The S trim now comes with Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment.

2018 Ford Escape trims

Curious how Ford Escape trims differ? Use our side-by-side vehicle comparison to see the differences and similarities


  • 168-hp, 170-lb-ft of torque 2.5L
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Mirrors
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • View our Ford Escape S inventory


  • Includes all features available on the S
  • 179-hp, 177-lb-ft of torque 1.5L
  • 245-hp, 275-lb-ft of torque 2.0L
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Power Seats
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • 4WD/AWD
  • View our Ford Escape SE inventory



  • Includes all features available on the SEL
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Automated Parking
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Memory Seats
  • Remote Start
  • Smart Key
  • Sony Sound System
  • Navigation System
  • View our Ford Escape Titanium inventory

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5 reasons to buy the 2018 Ford Escape

1. Plenty of cargo room

Whether you're hauling big items for work or just making a huge grocery run, the 2018 Ford Escape has the space you need for all your tasks. Seating five adults comfortably, the Escape offers 34.3 cu-ft of room behind the second row for everyone's bags. Set the rear seats down and that figure jumps to 67.8 cu-ft. That's enough space for moving a friend's furniture or hauling camping gear on an adventure weekend.

2. Comfortable ride

The 2018 Ford Escape is a compact SUV that drives like a car, with nimble handling for navigating tight streets and parking spots. The highway feel is equally impressive, as bumps and cracks in the road are absorbed and the cabin stays quiet and composed. The plush seats deliver all-day driving comfort for the longest road trips and feature available heating. Despite the soft and easygoing ride, the handling is responsive, making cruising backcountry roads or commuting on urban highways a breeze.

3. Powerful engine options

The 2018 Ford Escape delivers surprising acceleration around town or on the highway, thanks to a range of powerful engine options. The base S trim has a 168-hp 2.5L four-cylinder engine, while higher trims have a turbocharged 1.5L engine with 179 hp and much more torque at lower engine RPM. Look for the turbocharged 2.0L EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine for 245 hp and sports-car-like acceleration. All engine options are paired with a quick-shifting six-speed automatic transmission for maximum passing power.

4. Luxurious Titanium trim

If you appreciate the finer touches, you'll love the 2018 Ford Escape Titanium trim. The exterior boasts additional chrome trim details and larger 18-inch wheels, but it's the inside that really counts. Check out the leather seats and shifter, push-button start, heated mirrors with blind-spot detection, and heated 10-way power driver's and passenger's seats. The power liftgate has foot activation, the leather steering wheel is heated, and you can use voice activation to control the 10-speaker Sony® audio system.

5. AWD confidence

When you have to drive in inclement weather, an intelligent all-wheel-drive (AWD) system can make a world of difference. The 2018 Ford Escape is available in FWD or AWD with either the 1.5L or 2.0L EcoBoost engines (AWD is not available on the S trim). The always-ready electronic AWD system sends power to the wheels with grip, powering through slush, snow, sand, and gravel, or even just enhancing cornering on dry streets. All of this makes the 2018 Ford Escape a great do-everything vehicle.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2018 Ford Escape is a mid-size SUV with has good gas mileage. Customers like the car's handling and fuel efficiency.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Ford Escape an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Ford Escape 14th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Ford Escape features and specs

SEL 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Sync System
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Navigation System
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Remote Start
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 43.1"/R 36.8"

Head room

F 39.9"/R 39"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

200/2000 lbs.



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