2018 Ford Escape Buyer's Guide
Starting Price: $24,845 | Price yours
Above Average: Roomy, comfortable, well-connected and tops for towing
Below Average: Driver sightlines, maneuverability in tight confines
Consensus: A recent mid-cycle revamp made this mainstay of the segment even more attractive on every level
Comfortable and powerful, this is the most refined Escape ever.
While it's on a sporty car-based platform, the Escape has an appealing combination of best-in-class power, an easygoing, comfortable ride and a quiet, elegant interior that should appeal to Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 shoppers. The recently redesigned Ford Escape has options such as the excellent Sync 3 infotainment system, auto parking assist, adaptive cruise control and a handsfree, foot-activated tailgate. There are also two available EcoBoost (turbocharged) 4-cylinder engines, both of which are more powerful and more fuel-efficient than before. For 2018, there's a new SEL trim level, which sits between the SE and Titanium models.
"The 2018 Escape is among the nimbler, fun-to-drive compact SUVs, splitting the difference between the athletic Mazda CX-5 and the more comfort-oriented Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. A high nose, prominent A-pillars and relatively large turning circle do impact its abilities in super-tight confines but have little effect on busy city streets and freeways." Find out more in our 2018 Ford Escape full review.
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The Ford Escape was one of six compact SUVs we drove 450 roundtrip miles from the coastal region of Southern California to the mountains surrounding Big Bear Lake, California, as part of our most recent Compact SUV Comparison Test.
Ford was an infotainment pioneer with its Sync system, a journey that's had its ups and downs. Its excellent Sync 3 system is available in the Escape. One of the best systems on the market, Sync 3 has large, easy-to-read graphics, intuitive controls and allows you to use some of your favorite mobile apps.
Build and Price
About $25,000 will get you in the door, while roughly $40,000 will fill its four doors and hatch with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, four-wheel drive and every available option. Build and price your own 2018 Ford Escape to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
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