Escape the Sedans
Let’s be honest – it’s not easy to buy an SUV, especially if you’ve only ever driven sedans. First of all, most SUVs are more expensive than your run-of-the-mill sedans, which makes sense given the sheer size and performance of many of the SUVs on the market… but still, sticker-shock is a real thing and one of the reasons many people hesitate even considering purchasing an SUV. Second, have you seen the number of SUV models on the market today? It’s staggering. It seems as though almost every manufacturer has released at least a few SUVs as part of their lineup. For a typical car shopper, it can be completely overwhelming to try to delineate which makes them all unique, and, more importantly, which makes a particular SUV the best SUV for their needs. Take the family of Ford SUVs for example. Ford offers six unique SUVs for consumers to choose from. There’s the Ford EcoSport, the Ford Escape, the Ford Edge, the Ford Flex, the Ford Explorer and the Ford Expedition. While there are obviously plenty of choices to choose from just within the Ford family, we are highly partial to the Ford Escape, especially for drivers looking to transition from driving a sedan to driving a Ford SUV.
Why Choose the Ford Escape?
Spacious Interiors in a Compact Body
Don’t get used wrong – there are definitely benefits to each of the Ford SUV models. For instance, if you’re looking for extra space for additional passengers, you’ll want to check out either the Explorer or the Expedition, which can each seat more than the standard five passengers. But if you need an SUV that can seat five and doesn’t feel like you’re driving around in a tank, the Escape is a nippy little SUV that is still small enough to whip into even the tightest parallel parking spots. However, don’t let the fact that the Ford Escape is a member of the compact class fool you, there is still plenty of room for both front and backseat passengers. Additionally, you won’t sacrifice when it comes to cargo space, as the Ford Escape offers 34 cubic feet of cargo hold when it’s rear seats are up and an impressive almost 70 cubic feet of space when the back seats are collapsed. No matter if you’re heading to the beach or the airport, the Ford Escape is the compact SUV that doesn’t make you compromise on cargo space.
Tremendous Trims for Reasonable Prices
Of course, space is important (especially to SUV shoppers), but that doesn’t mean that you want to sacrifice on the amenities that you’ll find standard in most sedans. When you shop for the Ford Escape, you’ll have your choice between four different trim levels, each well appointed at reasonable price points. The base model Ford Escape S comes standard with cruise control, a 4.2-inch display screen, a rearview backup camera, a CD player, a six-speaker audio system, Ford’s SYNC infotainment system, smartphone integration via AppLink, Bluetooth functionality and a USB port. The Ford Escape S is frequently used by small business owners (and perhaps surprisingly, New York City Taxi services), so it isn’t available with many options or packages. However, with the 2018 Ford Escape’s starting MSRP of $23,850 the standard amenities are certainly nothing to scoff at.
Of course, you can always venture up the trim levels and check out the Ford Escape SE, which offers rear privacy glass, roof rails, heated front seats, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, and fog lights in addition to the features found on the S model. Choosing the SE trim also gives you the option to add packages such as the Sport Appearance, which tricks out your Escape with black 19-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a black-exterior paint trim. If music and technology is high on your priority list, you might want to check out the SYNC 3 package, which equips the SE with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice controls, a nine-speaker audio system, app services and WiFi via SYNC Connect and eight-inch touchscreen display. There’s also the option to add a navigation system, panoramic sunroof or a tow package to your Ford Escape SE as well. Choosing the SE opens the SUV up to a variety of customization options, so while the starting MSRP is $25,600, you may want to pad your budget to account for any extra options you decide to include.
Once you cross the line to the SEL trim you’re heading into luxury-vehicle territory, at least as far as amenities are concerned. Leather upholstery, a power liftgate, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and rear parking sensors combine with many of the amenities found on the SE and it’s available packages to create an extremely well-appointed cabin, although for true top-of-the-line features, you’ll want to opt for the Ford Escape Titanium, which takes all of the best features from the SEL and marries them with high-end amenities like xenon headlights, heated and power-adjustable front seats, driver memory seat settings, a navigation system, a 10-speaker Sony sound system, a 110-volt power outlet, keyless entry and ignition, front and rear parking sensors and an automated parking system.The 2018 Ford Escape in Titanium has a starting MSRP of $32,045. For comparison sake, a top of the line 2018 Honda Accord Touring sedan starts at $33,800, which goes to show that shopping small doesn’t always yield big savings.
Of course, interior features aren’t everything when you’re looking to get yourself out of a sedan and into an SUV – safety is obviously a huge concern, especially if you’re looking to upgrade your ride to accommodate your growing family. Another reason to consider making a Ford Escape your go-to SUV is its compelling safety ratings. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the 2018 Ford Escape an impressive five-star overall safety rating, and with advanced safety technology like automatic high beams, rear-cross traffic alert, automatic wipers, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning available on the SE, SEL and Titanium trims via the Safe and Smart package, the Ford Escape is a car you can feel confident putting even the smallest kiddos in.
Make Your Escape from Sedans to SUVs
Don’t let the super-sized SUV market overwhelm you. Shop the Ford Escape and see why the small SUV is the perfect segway to get you from sedan to SUV.