2018 Ford Edge

Starting Price: $30,310 | Price Yours

Above Average: Ample power, cargo and people space, safety and tech

Below Average: Stiff handling, price in segment

Consensus: A sporty pick that’s comfortable and versatile


2018 Ford Escape

Starting Price: $24,935 | Price Yours

Above Average: Roomy, comfortable, well-connected and tops for towing

Below Average: Driver sightlines, maneuverability in tight confines

Consensus: A boost in everything makes it even more attractive


The Escape has an appealing combination of best-in-class power, an easygoing, comfortable ride and a quiet, elegant interior. Two fuel-efficient, powerful EcoBoost (turbocharged) 4-cylinder engines are available. The Escape’s Sync 3 infotainment system is one of the best on the market. The Ford Edge gets a cosmetic change with a great, premium look. The Edge is well-rounded with a nice balance of ride comfort, adequate power and the latest in technology and safety. The Edge offers a 2.7- and 3.5-liter V6 engine in addition to its standard 245-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder.

Ford Edge Advantages

Favors a sportier drive, has a roomy 5-passenger interior, V6 engine options are available

Ford Escape Advantages

3,500-pound tow capacity is among highest in the segment


Lots of space for passengers, the latest safety and tech features, comfortable rides, multiple trims to choose from

Final Recommendations

The roomier Ford Edge looks great and has enticing power but comes at a price. For much less no matter what trim you choose, the Escape can offer a simple or sophisticated ride with plenty of features and comfort to please. It comes down to what you're looking for in terms of passenger and cargo space.

  2018 Ford Edge 2018 Ford Escape
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.0 turbo I4 2.5-liter I4
Horsepower 245 hp @ 5,500 rpm 168 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 275 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm 170 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 6-speed Automatic, 6-speed
Fuel Economy 23 mpg (20 city, 27 hwy) 24 mpg (21 city, 29 hwy)
Also Available 2.7-liter twin turbo V6, 3.5-liter V6 2.0-liter turbo I4, 1.5-liter turbo I4
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 112.2 inches 105.9 inches
Overall Length 188.1 inches 178.1 inches
Width 85.8 inches 81.8 inches
Height 68.6 inches 66.3 inches
Turning Diameter 39.3 feet 38.8 feet
Headroom, Front 40.2 inches 39.9 inches
Headroom, Rear 40.3 inches 39.0 inches
Legroom, Front 42.6 inches 43.1 inches
Legroom, Rear 40.6 inches 37.3 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 60.3 inches 55.9 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 60.5 inches 55.2 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 113.9 cu. ft. 98.7 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 73.4 cu. ft. 68.0 cu. ft.
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