Compare 2018 Ford Escape vs 2017 Ford Escape

Specs at a Glance

2018 Ford Escape

2018 Ford Escape

  • Standard Engine2.5L I4
  • Horsepower168
  • MPG (city/hwy) *21 / 29
  • Transmission6-speed automatic

2017 Ford Escape

2017 Ford Escape

  • Standard Engine2.5L I4
  • Horsepower168
  • MPG (city/hwy) *21 / 29
  • Transmission6-speed automatic

2018 Ford Escape vs 2017 Ford Escape

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The Ford Escape arrived in 2000 at a time when the compact crossover—which merged the benefits of an SUV and a four-door sedan in a small, manageable package—was still very new. Since then, it has been one of the best-selling ones, with the perennial ability to deliver high levels of fuel economy, all-weather driving capability, interior accommodations, and driving personality. The 2017 and 2018 model years are part of the nameplate’s third generation of production, with the former receiving a major mid-cycle refresh and the latter receiving even more upgrades and additions.

Performance

The Ford Escape is split into S, SE, and Titanium trims, with the 2018 model year receiving an additional SEL trim. The base-level S gets a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine with provides 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. Unless you have the 2018 Titanium—which receives the brand-new 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged EcoBoost I4 with 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque—the other trims are powered by a 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbocharged I4, which was introduced in the 2017 model year and provides 179 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. The 1.5- and 2.0-liter engines come with auto start/stop technology to boost fuel economy by eliminating idling. All engines are pinned to a 6-speed automatic transmission. And although front-wheel drive is standard, the Intelligent Four-Wheel Drive system is available for a firmer grip on the road. You can max out the fuel economy at 23/30 mpg if you combine the 1.5-liter I4 with the front-wheel-drive system.

Appearance

The 2017 Ford Escape design facelift included a hexagonal upper front grille and fog-light cutouts and a generally more aggressive-looking front fascia. This carries over into the 2018 model year. Both versions of the Escape share certain standard exterior features, such as halogen headlights, LED tail lights, bodyside cladding, and wheel-lip molding. Also standard on the 2017 Escape are daytime running lamps while its successor distinguishes itself with the addition of a body-color rear spoiler. For the full exterior treatment, go with either the SEL or Titanium trim, which include dual chrome exhaust tips, LED signature lighting, skid plates, silver-painted roof rack side rails, and a foot-activated liftgate. Fog lamps and a silver-and-chrome-finished front grille are exclusive to the 2018 model year.

Features

As a compact crossover, the 2017/2018 Escape seats up to five people and provides 98.7 cubic feet of passenger volume. Standard comfort and convenience features on the vehicle include remote keyless entry, steering wheel-mounted controls, Ford’s SYNC® voice-recognition communication system, and a six-speaker stereo system. For cushioning and restraint, the Escape comes with a driver’s knee airbag, dual front impact airbags, dual front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and a pair of roof-mounted side curtain airbags. Also on the crossover vehicle are a rearview camera, AdvanceTrac® electronic vehicle stability with roll mitigation, brake assist, Belt-Minder® front seat-belt buckling reminder, an SOS post-crash alert system, torque vectoring control, and SecuriLock® theft-deterrent system.

To check out more of what the 2017 and 2018 editions of the Ford Escape have to offer, we invite you to see what we have at our dealership in Richardson, Texas. Serving the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for decades, we have proved our reputation for ensuring the satisfaction of customers by bagging the President’s Award from the Ford Motor Company for eight consecutive years. Call us today to set up an appointment for a test drive with one of our sales experts.


* EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.