Among the best-selling vehicles in America, the Escape nameplate has been extremely popular ever since its launch in the early 2000’s. The reason for its success is that it combines utility with a comfortable and car-like ride. The 2018 Ford Escape is the brand’s compact SUV, with prices start at an MSRP of $23,850. The Escape should be just the right size for a majority of shoppers, however Ford offers many other options if it’s not quite the ideal fit. The mid-size two-row Ford Edge and three-row Ford Explorer round out Ford’s car-based SUV’s and have significantly more stretch-out space and cargo room inside compared to the Escape.
Pros: Engaging Drive, Powerful Engines, Premium Interior
Cons: Smaller & Less Efficient Than Competitors, Hybrid No Longer Offered, Outperformed In Safety Tests By Competitors
Looks Best In: Cinnamon Glaze exterior/ Charcoal Black interior
Safety Score: The 2018 Ford Escape received a “Poor” rating for the passenger-side small front overlap crash test performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and was outperformed by some competitors.
Summary: With crisp handing, smooth engines and a nicer interior than some competitors, the Escape is a driver-focused compact SUV. However, if fuel efficiency is a major concern, there are so better options and even a few hybrids within the compact SUV category.
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