2018 Ford Escape

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Key Specs

of the 2018 Ford Escape. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Center console storage
  • Ride and handling
  • Potent turbocharged engines
  • Sync 3 touchscreen responsiveness
  • Visibility
  • Hands-free power liftgate available

The Bad

  • Cheap-feeling interior materials
  • Fuel economy
  • Some desirable options limited to top, Titanium trim
  • Heavy folding backseat
  • SE's lackluster standard features

Notable Features of the 2018 Ford Escape

  • New uplevel SEL trim level
  • Sync 3 available
  • Choice of three engines
  • Six-speed automatic standard
  • Front- or all-wheel drive

2018 Ford Escape Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The five-seat Escape is Ford's entry in the popular compact SUV class. It offers a choice of three four-cylinder engines and front- or all-wheel drive. Competitors include the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5 and Chevrolet Equinox.

New for 2018

A new uplevel SEL trim includes leather upholstery, a power liftgate, heated side mirrors, rear parking sensors and Ford’s Sync 3 touchscreen multimedia system. Meanwhile, the SE trim gains heated front seats and roof rails, while the top-of-the-line Titanium trim adds a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, navigation, active park assist and high-intensity-discharge headlights.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Minor brake problem. All other areas OK so far.

by BobbyBoy from Regina, Sask. on September 21, 2018

Very Happy with this vehicle so far. Like the free Command Start and dash extras, such as phone hook-up etc. All around classy vehicle so far. Read full review

(5.0)

Fun SUV to Drive

by CC and Company from Highlands Ranch, Colorado on September 20, 2018

It?s very stylish, most comfortable interior, very easy to drive, quick and responsive to acceleration and turns, an eye catching SUV. We?ll be keeping this for many years to come. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Ford Escape currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Ford Escape has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Ford

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement up to $30 per day, full tank of gas, vehicle history report, new wiper blades and fresh oil and filter

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years from original new vehicle warranty start date or 100,000 miles. Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12- month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty. See dealer for details. $100 deductible per visit.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Escape received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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