2018 Ford Escape near Dubuque IA

Vehicle Overview

Since Ford introduced it for the 2001 model year, the Escape has been successful as one of the best-selling compact crossover SUVs in the United States. And the nameplate's third-generation model is its best yet, with remarkable improvement of its mix of power, features, comfort, and utility. The 2018 model year comes around during the tail end of this production cycle, with the SEL added to the trim line-up. The SEL is placed above the S and SE trims and below the top-level Titanium.

Dubuque IA - 2018 Ford Escape Overview

Exterior - 2018 Ford Escape

At the base level, this 2018 vehicle comes with halogen reflector headlights that automatically turn on when more illumination is needed and automatically turns off when it isn't. Other standard exterior features include a rear spoiler for improved aerodynamics, LED taillamps for long-lasting and super-bright illumination, and upper and lower front grills for a touch of sportiness. Going with the SE introduces enhancements or additions such as chrome accents, fog lamps, roof rack side rails, dual chrome exhaust tips, and skid plates for protecting the undercarriage. On the SEL, the headlights get LED signature lighting, the side mirrors get heating ability, and the liftgate is upgraded with powered operation. The Titanium's power liftgate is foot-activated for opening it, and turn-signal indicators are added on the side mirrors. The S rides on 17-inch steel wheels with silver-painted covers. The other three models have silver-painted aluminum ones: 17's on the SE and SEL and 18's on the Titanium.

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Interior - 2018 Ford Escape near Dubuque

The 2018 Ford Escape is a two-row vehicle that seats up to five people. The passenger volume is measured at 98.1 cubic feet. Cargo space, which is measured between the rear seats and the liftgate, is 34.3 cubic feet, although you can fold down the seats to expand it to 67.8 cubic feet. On the SE, the driver's seat is upgraded with 10-way power adjustability, and front-seat leather trim replaces cloth if you go with the SEL. The Titanium stands alone with the addition of 10-way power adjustability on the front-passenger seat and a memory system for the driver's side. Standard comfort and convenience features on the 2018 Escape include illuminated steering-wheel mounted controls, six-speaker audio, an audio jack, AM/FM radio, a single-disc CD player with MP3 playback ability, and SYNC® infotainment integration. Additions or improvements on the SE include dual-zone automatic climate control and SiriusXM® satellite radio service with Traffic and Travel Link functions. The SEL gets a system upgrade to SYNC 3®, as well as SYNC® Connect for enhanced remote car access. And the Titanium has exclusive features such as a heated steering wheel, remote start, a garage-door opener, auto-dimming ability on the rearview mirror, smart keyless access with push-button engine start, 10-speaker Sony® audio system, and a voice-activated navigation system with pinch-to-zoom capability.

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Mechanical - Ford Escape specs near Dubuque IA

This new Ford vehicle has an independent suspension that consists of MacPherson struts in the front and a double lateral link semi-trailing arm design in the back for curbing turbulence on less-than-smooth surfaces. Four-wheel disc brakes keep stopping distances short and sweet. And electric power-assisted steering is for ensuring that turning and cornering is sharp and precise.

Powertrain - Ford Escape specs near Dubuque

The S trim of the 2018 Ford Escape is powered by the 2.5-liter Duratec inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine, which produces 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. The SE and SEL go with a smaller yet more powerful 1.5-liter EcoBoost® turbocharged I4; it outputs 179 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. New for 2019 is a 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged Durotorq I4, which produces 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. All engines are harnessed to a 6-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift® capability to simulate manual gear shifting. However, the 1.5- and 2.0-liter engines include auto stop/start technology to eliminate engine idling when coming to a complete stop. Also, the S is the only trim that is available with just a front-wheel drivetrain; the other trims offer you the choice of getting an all-wheel-drive system instead.

Dubuque IA - 2018 Ford Escape Mechanical
Safety - 2018 Ford Escape dealer

For restraint and cushioning in the event of a crash, the 2018 Ford Escape comes with dual front impact airbags, two front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, a driver's knee airbag, and a pair of side curtains flanking both rows of seats. Also standard are a back-up camera, AdvanceTrac® for electronic vehicle stability control, RSC® for roll stability control, curve control, torque vectoring control, an anti-lock braking system, brake assist, MyKey® for monitoring teenage drivers, an SOS post-crash alert system, and SecuriLock® for deterring vehicle theft. On the SE, a perimeter alarm is added on the anti-theft system. Upgrading to the SEL introduces daytime running lamps for increasing conspicuity when on the road, a reverse sensing system for beeps alerting you to closeness to an obstructing object, and blind spot mirrors integrated with the side mirrors. Exclusive to the Titanium is a sophisticated active park assist system, which includes parallel parking guidance, park-out assistance, reverse perpendicular parking guidance, and a forward and side sensing system.

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