2018 Ford Escape Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Magnetic
MSRP
$19,335 - $28,220
Crash Test
MPG (up to)
21 City / 29 HWY
Horsepower
168-245
Seats
5

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.1 Overall Score
Performance 4.0Comfort 3.8Styling 4.0Value 3.8

Editor's Overview

The 2018 Ford Escape is a competent player in the crowded compact-SUV class. In addition to facing well-known rivals like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, the Escape competes with fresher nameplates such as the Mazda CX-5. The Escape keeps pace on both the tech and safety fronts with seamless smartphone integration and a suite of driver-assistance features.

Ford Escape Models & Trims

S $19,335 - $22,204
Horsepower: 168 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum, Steel
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SE $22,711 - $25,714
Horsepower: 179 hp - 245 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7.5, 19 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Titanium $24,425 - $28,220
Horsepower: 245 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5, 19 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SEL $23,416 - $26,969
Horsepower: 179 hp - 245 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7.5, 19 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4.59
2 star
0%
1 star
0%

Sporty car fits all our needs!

We have an older Escape and have loved it. When it was time for an update I decided to get another Ford Escape. I love the sorry look and feel. It has plenty of room for groceries, sports equipment, grandkids etc. I love the features on the older Escape. In fact we decided to keep the older one as well for a commuter car for my husband. Hat way he does not have to drive the truck as far. The new car has sensors for the sides, back and front which are so helpful. I love the automated trunk door and “ kick to open” feature. It has great lumbar support and matches up with my phone for apple’s carplay. I get great gas Milagros and a smooth ride. I love it!

Debi H
Helpful

I have not had any issues with the Ford Escape thus far!

Some of my favorite features include the built in navigation system, remote starter and the keypad to lock and unlock my car without the use of my keys. I especially love the lock feature on hot summer days when I have to run into the store but don't want to turn my car off only to have to get back into it and wait for the a/c to cool the car down again. With the outside locks I can leave the car running and simply lock and unlock it when I return. I also love the number of cup holders the Escape has. My last car only had two and it may seem like a silly thing to look for in a car, but It's definitely something I appreciate! The Escape also gets great mileage.

Jessica S
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Love my loaded-with-features Ford Escape! It is a great choice for me.

I was in a lease and not really planning to get another car for 2 more years, then decided did not want mileage to be limited. Wanted another Ford (had a Nissan) because I really like the Ford interface with my phone, etc. Love the backup camera, the sync system, the blind spot warning lights, the cruise control I can set to 1, 2, or 3 car lengths to let it self manage, the parking assist, heated seats, I just really like it all. I just got the Escape this week so not much time to really know it, but husband has a Ford truck with similar features so knew I liked the ford. Seats are quite comfortable as well. I think I will love this vehicle.

Eddie G
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Compare Models & Key Features

Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$19,335 - $22,204
$22,711 - $25,714

Horsepower

Horsepower
168 (hp)
179 - 245 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L i, 2.5L I
1.5L EcoBoost, 1.5L ECOBOOST
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Alarm

Alarm
Not Available
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
Standard

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
Not Available
Standard

Premium Sound System

Driver Restriction Features

Driver Restriction Features
Standard
Standard

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
43.1 (in.)
43.1 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.9 (in.)
39.9 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36.8 (in.)
36.8 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39 (in.)
39 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Not Available
Standard

WiFi Hotspot

WiFi Hotspot
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Standard
Standard

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Not Available
Standard

AC

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
Not Available
Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Not Available
Standard

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Not Available
Standard

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Not Available
Standard
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Steel
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Standard
Standard

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P235/55HR17
P235/45HR19

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
105.9 (in.)
105.9 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
38.8 (ft.)
38.8 (ft.)

Length

Width

Width
72.4 (in.)
72.4 (in.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3542 (.lbs)
3576 - 3668 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
168 (hp)
245 (hp)

Torque

Torque
170 (ft. lbs.)
275 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Capacity
1500 (.lbs)
2000 (.lbs)

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
150 (.lbs)
200 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

Turbocharged
Not Available
Standard

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Standard
Standard

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
4 Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
15.7 (gal.)
15.7 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
25 (mpg)
26 (mpg)

City

City
21 (mpg)
22 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
29 (mpg)
29 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Standard
Standard

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Keeping Assist
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
Standard
Standard

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

Overall
Front
Side
Rollover

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
G
Side
G
Roof Strength
G
Driver-side Overlap Front
A
G
Good
A
Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • Advancetrac w/Roll Stability Control Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC) *
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control *
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Safety Canopy System Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Mykey System -inc: Top Speed Limiter, Audio Volume Limiter, Early Low Fuel Warning, Programmable Sound Chimes and Beltminder w/Audio Mute
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Automated Parking Sensors
  • Blind Spot Sensor *
  • Rear Collision Warning *
  • Rear Parking Sensors

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

‌Overall
Mechanical
Powertrain Quality
Body & Interior Design
‌Features
Among the best
Among the best
Among the best
Among the best

Safety Recalls (2)

Service Brakes, Hydraulic > Foundation Components > Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings Feb 11, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Feb 11, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V104000
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2018 Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC vehicles. These vehicles may be equipped with incorrect front brake hoses that may chafe against other components, possibly resulting in a brake fluid leak.
Consequence:
A brake fluid leak may lengthen the distance needed to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake hoses, replacing any that are incorrect, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 2018. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 18S04.
Air Bags > Side/window Dec 17, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Dec 17, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V803000
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2018 Ford Escape vehicles. The side curtain air bags on these vehicles have a component that may detach during deployment of the inflatable curtain air bag.
Consequence:
If the component detaches during deployment, it may enter the passenger compartment and be a projectile within the vehicle cabin, increasing the risk of injury.
Remedy:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver and passenger side curtain air bags, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 2018. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 17S44.

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