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2018 Ford Escape

2018 Ford Escape

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$11,469 — $23,481 USED
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SUV
5 Seats
23-26 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2018 Ford Escape exterior side view

What to Know

about 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

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2018 Ford Escape Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team


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.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
511 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

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(5.0)

reliable

by Mr Leeman from BeAr creek wi on June 27, 2020

Bought and 2 days later drove 1100 miles no problems and then 1100 home great gas mileage average around 31 miles to gallon on the trip Read full review

(3.0)

Lemon

by Lemonowner from Concord, Ca on June 27, 2020

This Ford product and many other Ford models with a 1.5 liter engine had so many problems with coolant intake that there were numerous recalls and even class action lawsuits. I didn't know this at ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Ford Escape currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Ford

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

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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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