2018 Ford Escape SUV

2018 Ford Escape
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2018 Ford Escape
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What’s new

  • New SEL trim level
  • Revised feature availability
  • Turbocharged 2.0-liter engine now only on Titanium trim
  • Part of the third Escape generation introduced for 2013

Pros

  • Quick acceleration from Titanium trim's turbocharged 2.0-liter engine
  • Tech interface features advanced voice control, Apple/Android integration
  • Steering and handling feel more like that of a car than SUV
  • Useful space for cargo and small personal items

Cons

  • Poor fuel economy and range from the Titanium's turbo engine
  • Dashboard design looks dated, and interior build quality is lackluster
  • The 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine lacks punch


Which Escape does Edmunds recommend?

The Escape SEL is a good way to get near the Titanium's near-luxury offerings while keeping the price affordable. With the SEL, you get some nice features, including a power liftgate, leather upholstery and the Sync 3 tech interface. If safety is important to you, consider getting an SEL with the optional Safe and Smart package, which adds a comprehensive set of advanced driver aids, such as lane departure intervention and forward collision mitigation.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

Shopping for a small crossover presents a dizzying array of options, but the Ford Escape is a smart choice among a crop of great contenders. It offers a choice of three engines, an impressive voice-command interface, and cargo space that ranks near the top of the class. After a thorough update last year, the 2018 Escape offers a new trim level that bridges the gap between standard and luxury models.

The Escape offers optional all-wheel drive, respectable fuel economy, cargo space that ranks near the top of the class (only Toyota and Honda offer more) and an available hands-free power liftgate. You can outfit the Escape from comfortable casual (SE trim with no options) to rugged luxury (a loaded Titanium model that can breach $40,000). On the road, its agility instills a level of driver confidence that's rare in this class.

After a more comprehensive update last year that introduced a new four-cylinder engine and improved things such as smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were introduced) and small-item storage (the lever-mounted parking brake was replaced with a button), the 2018 Escape now offers a SEL trim level that bridges the gap between the more mainstream SE model and the luxury fixings of the Titanium.

Overall, the Escape excels in some areas and falls short in others. With its turbo four-cylinder, quick (if twitchy) steering, and tight suspension, the Escape is one of the more engaging compact SUVs to drive, only outmatched by the Mazda CX-5. Large cargo space and an excellent tech interface are other advantages. On the other hand, the Escape isn't quite as refined as the Honda or Mazda, its "fun" engine is only available on its top trim level, and that "fun" engine doesn't return particularly impressive fuel economy. But generally we think the 2018 Escape's qualities outweigh its flaws and deserves a close look from anyone interested in a compact SUV.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 Escape is a compact crossover SUV that comes in S, SE, SEL and Titanium trim levels. The S is fairly bare-bones, so we expect most buyers will want to start their search with an SE, which offers an upgraded engine, nicer wheels, a power-adjustable driver seat and more available options. The new-for-2018 SEL trim level adds more convenience features while the top-trim Titanium adds luxury touches and an even more powerful engine.

The S starts with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (168 horsepower, 170 pound-feet of torque), a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Standard features include 17-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, MyKey parental controls, cruise control, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 60/40-split folding and reclining rear seat, a 4.2-inch central display, a rearview camera, the Sync tech interface with AppLink smartphone integration, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and a USB port. Note that this model is generally aimed at business fleet buyers and may not be easy to find on your local dealer's lot.

Upgrading to the SE adds 17-inch alloy wheels (optional on the S), added chrome exterior trim, sound-reducing window glass, a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine (179 hp, 177 lb-ft), roof rails, foglights, a keyless entry keypad, rear privacy glass, dual-zone automatic climate control, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, rear air vents, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat (with power lumbar adjustment), heated front seats, upgraded cloth upholstery, a rear center armrest and satellite radio.

Optional on the SE is all-wheel drive and a Sport Appearance package that adds black 19-inch wheels, black-painted exterior trim, LED daytime running lights, paddle shifters, partial leather upholstery, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The optional Sync 3 tech package includes an 8-inch touchscreen, enhanced voice controls, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Sync Connect (includes remote app services and onboard Wi-Fi) and a nine-speaker sound system with dual USB ports. A panoramic sunroof, roof rail crossbars, a navigation system, and a tow package rated up to 2,000 pounds are also optional.

The SEL bundles all SE equipment and adds a power liftgate, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, leather upholstery, power-adjustable side mirrors with heating, rear parking sensors and the Sync 3 tech interface. Eighteen-inch wheels are optional on the SEL, along with all of the options available for the SE trim.

At the top of the lineup is the Titanium. It bundles all SEL features but adds a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (245 hp, 275 lb-ft), a six-speed automatic transmission, 18-inch wheels, a hands-free power liftgate, keyless entry and ignition, remote start, ambient interior lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, xenon headlights, heated and 10-way power-adjustable front seats, driver-seat memory settings, a 110-volt, household-style power outlet, and additional 12-volt power outlets. Also standard are a navigation system, a 10-speaker Sony audio system with HD radio, front and rear parking sensors, and an automated parallel and perpendicular parking feature (which includes front and side parking sensors).

Titanium options are similar to SEL options, with the exception of optional 19-inch wheels and an uprated tow package capable of pulling up to 3,500 pounds.

A Safe and Smart package is available for the SE, SEL and Titanium trims, and it includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and intervention, and automatic wipers.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions, although trim levels share many aspects. The ratings in this review are based on our test of the 2013 Ford Escape Titanium AWD (turbo 2.0L inline-4 | 6-speed automatic | AWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current generation Escape has been updated with new infotainment features and driver aids. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Escape, however.

Driving

3.5
The turbo four-cylinder gives the Escape rapid acceleration. Unlike many competitors, the Escape also feels lively going around turns. The transmission is a smooth operator as well.

Acceleration

4.5
The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is powerful, and it makes accelerating up to highway speeds and passing slow-moving traffic a breeze. In our testing, an Escape Titanium accelerated from zero to 60 mph in an impressively quick 7.1 seconds.

Braking

3.5
Brake performance is solid and consistent. The Escape is very stable, even during our panic-simulation stop tests. In everyday driving, the brakes offer linear response and feel.

Steering

3
It has an artificial steering feel, which is the norm these days for compact SUVs. Still, there's enough feedback to make you feel in control.

Handling

4
All-wheel-drive Escapes benefit from an advanced power distribution system that makes the Escape a capable handler as well as a solid all-weather choice. Front-wheel-drive Escapes also feel sure-footed thanks to the well-tuned suspension.

Drivability

3
In most situations, the transmission responds quickly. It does get caught flat-footed on occasion, but not any more often than most SUVs in this class.

Comfort

3.5
Overall comfort is good in the Escape. Its ride is amply compliant, even though it's one of the better-handling SUVs in the segment.

Seat comfort

3
We like the Escape's seats because they provide all-day comfort. Heating, an option on some trim levels, is a nice touch.

Ride comfort

3
The Escape has a surprisingly comfy ride — surprising because it trades off very little in the way of ride quality in return for its excellent handling.

Noise & vibration

4
The Escape's turbo four-cylinder is much quieter than some competitors, especially at wide-open throttle. It also remains very smooth even at high engine speeds.

Climate control

The climate control cluster (and LCD readout) feels as if it came from a mid-'90s Taurus, but hey, it works. You'll find large vents up front and center console vents for rear passengers but no temperature or fan speed control.

Interior

3.5
For the most part, the interior design makes sense and is easy to use. It's loaded with features, too, especially on the Titanium trim level. The quality of materials and assembly is good.

Ease of use

4
Ford has made it a point to place commonly used controls within reach and in sight, and it shows in the Escape. It may not look very elegant, but everything is where you would expect to find it.

Getting in/getting out

4
The seat height in the Escape is just right. Similar to entering a minivan, there's no bending down to get in.

Driving position

The eight-way power driver seat in the SE trim is a nice touch (changed to 10-way adjustable for 2018). The combination of the seat and a manual tilt-and-telescope steering wheel makes it easy to find a comfortable perch.

Roominess

3
We had no problems fitting comfortably into either the front or back seats, but the Escape doesn't have a sense of spaciousness like the roomier Honda CR-V.

Visibility

3
Visibility out the front and the rear is only average. The Escape is definitely not as airy or as easy to see out of as some of its competitors.

Quality

3
Build quality is as good as you can expect in a vehicle in this price range. Materials appear durable and well put together.

Utility

You'll be able to haul a decent amount of stuff by using the Escape's available 68 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded. That's not as much room as in the Honda CR-V but on par with rest of the class.

Small-item storage

The center console space is much improved as the Escape now has an electronic parking brake button instead of a handle. There are several nooks for devices, keys, cups and bottles, and a deep, narrow center console for larger items. Both front seats have seatback pockets for rear passengers.

Cargo space

3
The 60/40-split folding rear seats fold flat and flush to enhance cargo area and utility. There's no seatback release in the cargo area, so you'll need to walk around to the rear doors, but the seat-side levers make it quick work.

Child safety seat accommodation

LATCH anchors are at the seatback surface, so there's no need to fumble and search under the cushion. Reinforcement anchors in the rear seatbacks are similarly easy to access.

Towing

Rated to tow as few as 1,500 pounds (base model S) up to 3,500 pounds with the 2.0-liter engine and the optional Class II trailer tow package. The 1.5-liter engine is rated at 2,000 pounds.

Technology

The new Sync 3 is one of the easiest touchscreen tech interfaces to use. We like the clear touchscreen graphics, quick response times and the easily navigable menus.

Audio & navigation

The SE's optional nine-speaker audio system won't impress audiophiles but should sound fine to most. (We haven't evaluated the 10-speaker Sony audio system.) The navigation system offers clear map views and easy menu functions.

Smartphone integration

Easy Bluetooth pairing. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now included with optional Sync 3 system. FordPass with Sync Connect app enables various remote functions and vehicle health monitoring, even helps to find parking. AppLink (base model S) enables voice control of various smartphone apps.

Driver aids

A rearview camera and blind-spot mirrors come standard, but blind-spot monitoring costs extra. Forward collision alert and lane departure warning and intervention are also optional.

Voice control

Ford's Sync system has excellent voice recognition. It understands just about anything you say and is quick to respond.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Ford Escape.

2018 FORD ESCAPE is a Good Value
Greg in West Chester Ohio,01/09/2018
This vehicle is indeed a good value. I purchased a Ford Escape S. Base model that still has plenty of features to make driving this vehicle easy. The interior is a bit busy and maybe a bit dated. Backup camera screen is smaller than others but is functional. Handling is good - the vehicle feels solid. SYNC for android phone is very good. Balance of front versus rear seat room is good for a vehicle this size. Cargo space is adequate - again considering the relatively low price of the vehicle. With discounts and negotiation I purchased a $25,800 vehicle for $19,900. I am quite satisfied with the features and quality at that price. Now allow me to drive it 150,000 miles as I intend to do over the next 6 years and hopefully I will have minimal maintenance and repair issues. Then I will be even happier with my decision to purchase the Ford Escape S.
Love my 2018 Ford Escape S
Matt A.,01/18/2018
This review is for the base model. I thought I needed all the “bell’s & whistles” and discovered I don’t. This compact CUV has the same 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine that my 2016 Ford Fusion SE had. I never had any problems or issues with this engine. Somehow this engine seems more spirited in the 2018 Ford Escape. I’m more than satisfied. The Escape has enough interior room for four—five is fine, but not comfortable, depending on the girth of the rear occupants. Leg room is excellent for any 6-footer or shorter. It’s a bit cramped in the rear seat if the front seats are moved too far back. I’m a techie by heart and find the telematics on this CUV to do everything I need from my ride. Having dealt with the SYNC with MyFord Touch in my previous vehicle, I find the base SYNC 1.1 version much easier to navigate. I can deal with the buttons versus a touchscreen. The only negative point here is the small 4.5 inch screen above the center stack. I can work with that too. Of note is the electronic parking brake that works with a button. Gone is the handbrake lever which allows for more cubbies for small items. The exterior was updated in 2017. The Escape was given a redesigned front with a black grille that I find sporty. Tail lamps were also redesigned. I find the exterior to be attractive and good-looking amongst other compact CUVs. I’ve only had my Escape for two weeks and am impressed with its capabilities. I’ll come back in six months to give an update.
Surprisingly amazed
Phil,06/21/2018
I bought my new 2018 Escape yesterday. My family has a Honda CR-V and a BMW X3 SUVs. We didn't expect too much for Ford Escape. Now I'm enjoying it. I like its style. I was attracted by its beautiful exterior and value. The seating and ride quality are much better than our CR-V EX, I'm comparing it when it was new. There is virtually no wind noise with Ford Escape. Wish it has bigger screen and collision avoidance, lane keeping stuff. The price is great. Oh, yesterday Ford is among top 5 of JD Power's initial quality report. Hope it's long term reliability also go up.
Familiarity breeds content
Gene O.,08/07/2018
This is my second Escape (third if you count my 2005 Mazda Tribute), so I guess the vehicle design suits me. I've only owned this one for a little over a week, so the true test of durability is non-existent, and I'm not exactly the best person to review anything, but here goes. The Escape is more utilitarian for me as it is Sunday drive vehicle, and the cargo space meets my needs due to the rear seats folding down flat. I can easily fit lots of music gear, 6' long folding tables, recyclable materials, etc in the back. The rest of the interior seems to be well enough constructed and has enough storage for me (the newer design is much better than my 2014 Escape SE). My iTunes plays flawlessly via bluetooth, and the sound system has more than adequate fidelity. The navigation, although very accurate, can lead you down some questionable roads, as we found out when trying to get back on our main route while out in a very rural, and unfamiliar area of the state. But in the process I did find out that the Escape (along with my competent driving skills) is capable of negotiating a meandering, bumpy, barely one-lane rock and dirt road (more like a path) through the woods that is probably only traveled by 4-wheel ATVs. It could have turned out badly, but we made it through unscathed! The 2.0L EcoBoost engine has more than enough power for me (even the 1.5L was plenty) and seems to operate more smoothly than the 1.5L. The engine auto-stop feature is new to me and took a little getting used to. I find that the best approach is to anticipate when I need to accelerate and lift my foot barely off the brake just prior to accelerating, ensuring that the engine is re-started when it's time to move, otherwise there is a hesitation that - if you are wanting to make a quick move - may be a little unnerving. If you can't anticipate, then just wait. It only takes a second or so for the engine to kick back on. Since I'm rarely in a big hurry these days, I guess it's kind of a moot point. My Escape has just enough tech and comfort features without being ridiculous (i.e. I have the little wide-angle mirrors in the corner of the side view mirror to check my blind spot rather than idiot lights that tell me a car is there. I prefer to be able to *see when a car is in the blind spot, or approaching it, rather than rely on a sensor that is either on or off... and I don't need sensors to keep me centered in a lane!). The automatic rear view mirror nighttime sensor is interesting, and the auto rear hatch lift is nifty, but are either necessary? Not really. But the features that I'm glad to have and look forward to using in the winter are the heated seats and heated steering wheel! Yipee! One design flaw that I noticed this past weekend was the lack of insulating material in the roof where the sunglasses storage is. After sitting in the sun on an 87 degree day for a few hours I found that the metal stems on my sunglasses were VERY hot to the touch. A little bit of thin insulating material in that roof area would help a lot. Also, Ford needs to step up the quality of their painting process. My 2014 Escape SE has some blistering on the lower inside edge of one of the doors, and a couple spots inside the edge of the hatch. Not good. I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt by purchasing another car, and I hope I don't have the same issue. If so, my next vehicle won't be a Ford. I drove a few compact SUVs before purchasing another Escape, and they were all just fine, and I could've bought anyone of them. But it came down to the price for the trim I wanted, familiarity of the model, and my positive relationship with the dealership that sold me.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$27,050
MPG
22 city / 28 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
179 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$25,700
MPG
23 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
179 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$23,940
MPG
21 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
168 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$29,450
MPG
22 city / 28 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
179 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Escape safety features:

MyKey
Enables the owner to set speed limits/alerts, audio system volume and satellite radio content restrictions for other drivers of the Escape.
Lane Keeping System
Alerts the driver when the car starts to drift out of its lane by vibrating the steering wheel and adding correctional steering if needed.
Blind-Spot Information System (BLIS)
Illuminates an indicator light in the side mirror when a vehicle enters the blind spot. Also includes integrated rear cross-traffic alert.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover19.1%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Acceptable
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

Ford Escape vs. the competition

2018 Ford Escape

2018 Ford Escape

2018 Honda CR-V

2018 Honda CR-V

Ford Escape vs. Honda CR-V

The Ford Escape can be a little more fun to drive than the Honda CR-V if it's equipped with the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine (though it's only available on the top-level Titanium trim). We also prefer its infotainment interface. The CR-V earns higher marks for its upscale interior design and superior utility. The CR-V ends up with a higher Edmunds overall star rating of 4 stars.

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Ford Escape vs. Chevrolet Equinox

The Equinox's advantages relate mainly to its newer design — Chevy fully redesigned the Equinox for the 2018 model year. It offers a smoother ride than the Escape and a fuel-efficient diesel engine option. Overall, the Equinox is a nicer vehicle, but you'll typically pay less to get an Escape.

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Ford Escape vs. Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogue is one of the few vehicles in this class to offer a third-row seat. That will be an advantage if you occasionally need to carry extra passengers, especially if they're small. The Rogue has more cargo space, too. But it is kind of a snooze to drive. We prefer the Escape's driving acumen, especially when equipped with the optional turbo 2.0-liter engine (Titanium model only).

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2018 Ford Escape SUV for Sale

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More about the 2018 Ford Escape

The Ford Escape returns in 2018 as a popular cornerstone to its class with no shortage of strengths. Fairly good fuel economy, available all-wheel drive, useful cargo space and optional hands-free power liftgate combine to strongly embody compact-crossover features we expect. The Escape also surprises with responsive steering and impressive handling.

The cabin includes practical storage areas throughout, including one standout: a convenient storage nook ahead of the shift lever that seems perfectly made for a phone.

The Escape's dashboard design could use a refresh, but you can opt for the new Sync 3 upgrade to significantly improve the look. Ford's Sync 3 interface woos infotainment fans and tech lovers with full smartphone integration by means of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

FordPass with the Sync Connect ownership app allows you to remotely connect to the Escape from your smartphone. Additional 2018 technology brings the Escape in line with contemporary safety options offered to drivers across the class, including lane departure prevention, a driver drowsiness monitor, and adaptive cruise control with forward collision alert.

Ford gives the 2018 Escape two turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engines. The 1.5-liter offers decent power and fuel economy, but at this size the turbo appears to improve fuel economy more than it does off-the-line speed. Performance seekers should consider a bump up to the updated 2.0-liter turbo engine if they can. This powerplant puts out more horsepower and torque than in previous years. With a 0 to 60 time of less than 7 seconds, the 2.0-liter earns the Escape a nod as one of the quickest-to-accelerate compact crossovers out there.

The 2018 Escape's varying models have near-ranking fuel economies ranging from a combined 23 to 26 mpg. The FWD 1.5-liter turbo achieves an EPA-rated 26 mpg combined (23 city/30 highway), and  the AWD 2.0 turbocharged option is rated 23 mpg combined (20 city/27 highway).

Four trim levels are available: S, SE, SEL and Titanium. You'll find select desirable options to be more affordable or even standard, such as Ford's automatic climate control system which is standard on the midgrade SE trim level. The S is the base trim. The SE offers several enticing upgrades and customization routes, but the SEL is the new-for-2018 bridge between the SE's simpler offerings and the Titanium's near-luxury feature set. The fully featured Titanium sets the bar high with a broad suite of luxuries as well as its exclusive foot sensor for the power liftgate. Even sportier styling is possible thanks to the Sport Appearance add-on available for the SE trim.

With so many options, choosing the perfect crossover may seem like a challenge. Let Edmunds help find the Ford Escape that is just right for you.

2018 Ford Escape SUV Overview

The 2018 Ford Escape SUV is offered in the following styles: SE 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A), SE 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A), S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A), SEL 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A), SEL 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Titanium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and Titanium 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A).

What do people think of the 2018 Ford Escape SUV?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Ford Escape SUV and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Escape SUV 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Escape SUV.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Ford Escape SUV and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Escape SUV featuring deep dives into trim levels including SE, S, SEL, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Read our full review of the 2018 Ford Escape SUV here.
Our Review Process

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What's a good price for a New 2018 Ford Escape SUV?
2018 Ford Escape SUV SEL 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Ford Escape SUV SEL 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,445. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Escape SUV SEL 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $9,117 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $9,117 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$21,328.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford Escape SUV SEL 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is29.9% below the MSRP.

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2018 Ford Escape SUV SE 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Ford Escape SUV SE 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,045. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Escape SUV SE 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $8,830 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,830 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$19,215.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford Escape SUV SE 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is31.5% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 169 2018 Ford Escape SUV SE 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Ford Escape SUV S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 Ford Escape SUV S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,935. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Escape SUV S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $7,792 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $7,792 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$17,143.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford Escape SUV S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is31.2% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 133 2018 Ford Escape SUV S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Ford Escape SUV Titanium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Ford Escape SUV Titanium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,485. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Escape SUV Titanium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $9,417 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $9,417 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$25,068.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford Escape SUV Titanium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is27.3% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 70 2018 Ford Escape SUV Titanium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Ford Escape SUV SEL 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Ford Escape SUV SEL 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,095. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Escape SUV SEL 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $8,398 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,398 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$20,697.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford Escape SUV SEL 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is28.9% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 52 2018 Ford Escape SUV SEL 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Ford Escape SUV SE 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Ford Escape SUV SE 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,695. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Escape SUV SE 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $7,365 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $7,365 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$19,330.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford Escape SUV SE 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is27.6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 46 2018 Ford Escape SUV SE 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Ford Escape SUV Titanium 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Ford Escape SUV Titanium 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $33,135. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Escape SUV Titanium 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $9,253 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $9,253 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$23,882.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford Escape SUV Titanium 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is27.9% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 20 2018 Ford Escape SUV Titanium 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

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Which 2018 Ford Escape SUVS are available in my area?

2018 Ford Escape SUV Listings and Inventory

There are currently 1532 new 2018 Ford Escape SUVS listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $24,617 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of used car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap used cars for sale near you. Once you have identified a vehicle you're interested in, check the Carfax and Autocheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2018 Ford Escape SUV. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $11,070 on a new, used or CPO 2018 Ford Escape SUV available from a dealership near you.

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Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including all models of the 2018 Ford Escape SUV and all available trim types: SE, SE, SEL, etc. Rich, trim-level features & specs and options data tracked for the 2018 Ford Escape SUV include (but are not limited to): MSRP, available incentives and deals, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (interior and exterior color, upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, cruise control, parking assistance, lane sensing, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy and MPG (city, highway, and combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (interior cabin space, vehicle length and width, seating capacity, cargo space). Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds expert review, safety rating, and color.

Should I lease or buy a 2018 Ford Escape?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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