2018 Ford Escape
If you're intent on following the rest of the world and a crossover is to be your next new vehicle, but you’re reluctant to give up too much of the driving experience of a car, you might want to check out the 2018 Ford Escape. Although when you see an Escape for sale you'll instantly identify it as a crossover, when you get to drive it you'll find it has road manners that are a lot more like a car than an SUV.
The main reason crossovers are so popular is because we like the way they look and because they’re seen as a little larger and more practical than a sedan of a similar size. Some crossovers at the moment are starting to look more like slightly taller versions of wagons though, but not the Escape. Although it's a design that's fairly sleek and sporty, the Ford is still very much a crossover. However, this is a model that's come a long way from its truck roots and there's a strong influence in its styling from the latest Focus. Considering it's been around for six model years in its current lifecycle, a recent refresh has kept the Escape looking as fresh and contemporary as anything in its class.
There are four different trim levels in the current Ford Escape lineup, which begins with the entry level S and then go onwards and upwards to the SE, SEL and finally to the top-of-the-range Titanium.
Engines and transmissions
While some manufacturers stick with a couple or even just one engine option for their compact crossovers, Ford treats us to three that all have their merits. The standard unit in the entry level S model is a perfectly acceptable 2.5-liter inline-four developing 168 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque. Step up to an SE or SEL variant and then the Escape comes with a 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbo-four putting out a healthy 179 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque. But if you want the most oomph the Escape has to offer it means going for the 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo-four that's only found in the top Titanium trim level. It's certainly worth stretching the budget for though, as it puts 245 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque at your disposal and really does transform the way the Ford performs. All trims and all engines come with a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.
Ford is known for their expressive styling and that’s just what you get here with the Ford Escape’s interior. The 2018 Ford Escape has a deep, heavily sculptured dash with plenty of headroom and there's a good amount of passenger and cargo space in the back. The quality of the build and materials is good throughout the range, but the inside of the Escape Titanium is a particularly nice place to be with its leather upholstery, ambient lighting and vast array of standard kit.
To find out more about the 2018 Ford Escape and to arrange a test drive to experience one for yourself, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Ford of Upland.