2018 Ford Escape Trim Level Comparison

2018 Ford Escape Trim Level Comparison

So you've decided that a 2018 Ford Escape is the vehicle for you because you like its sporty styling and performance, the way it drives more like a car than an SUV, and the fact it's a compact SUV that's so practical and versatile. The next step is to decide which of the Ford Escape trim levels is the right one for you, so here's a guide to them to help you choose between the 2018 Ford Escape S, 2018 Ford Escape SE, 2018 Ford Escape SEL and the 2018 Ford Escape Titanium.

2018 Ford Escape S

The S is the entry level version of the Ford Escape, but you might now assume that if this was your first introduction to the Escape and you hadn't been in any other versions. The standard equipment includes far more than just the bare essentials, although the basics are definitely all in evidence. Standard features include: Ford Sync infotainment system with 4.2-inch touchscreen, air conditioning, the usual power features, remote keyless entry, Torque Vectoring Control, a rearview camera, tire-pressure monitoring and plenty more. Front-wheel drive is standard, as is the 2.5-liter inline-four engine and the SelectShift six-speed automatic transmission that's found in all versions of the Escape.

2018 Ford Escape SE

Upgrading to the SE trim levels adds to the S trim level with a 10-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar and recline, heated front seats, SiriusXM Radio with six-month trial subscription, dual-zone climate control instead of the manual system in the S. There are also a number of cosmetic enhancements too, such as body-color door handles, bright beltline moldings, a silver and chrome-plated grille, duel bright exhaust tips, silver skid plates and fog lamps that are practical as well as aesthetic. The SE also gets an engine upgrade as this one comes with the 1.5-liter EcoBoost four that develops 179 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque, which is more powerful and more fuel-efficient than the 2.5 in the S.

2018 Ford Escape SEL

The same powerplant is the starting point for the SEL trim too, so if you want more power you'll have to go for the top of the range Titanium. There's definitely a more upscale feel about this than the SE though, especially as the SEL gets the likes of the Reverse Sensing System, an upgrade to the latest Sync 3 infotainment with a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen, the Sync Connect embedded 4G LTE modem powered by the FordPass App that includes Wi-Fi hotspot capability. The SEL also ups the ante with the inclusion of LED signature lighting, halogen projector beam headlights and leather upholstery.

2018 Ford Escape Titanium

The biggest upgrade the top of the range Titanium trim level brings to the Ford Escape is the standard engine, which in this case is Ford's excellent 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-four that puts 245 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque at your disposal. The Titanium also gets a fetching set of 18-inch Sparkle Silver-painted alloy wheels instead of the Ultra Bright-Machine alloys of the SEL. The front passenger and driver both get a 10-way power seat, and the driver's seat also has a memory function. Headlights are now upgraded to bi-xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) units, the liftgate is powered and hands-fee foot-activated, and inside you now have voice-activated navigation, ambient lighting, and a Sony audio system with HD radio and 10 speakers.

For more information on pricing and availability and to schedule a test drive in the 2018 Ford Escape, get in touch with us today here at Ford of Upland.