Just because the 2018 Ford Escape offers both a safe and technology-oriented ride, that doesn’t mean that Ford has forgotten that the SUVs primary function is to provide a great ride. The 2018 Ford Escape is a nippy little SUV that is fun to drive and offers agile handling.
The 2018 Ford Escape comes with one of three engine choices: the base model 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that gets up to 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque, the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine that gets up to 179 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque and finally a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that gets 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. While all three engines offer great performance, it goes without saying that the turbocharged 2.0 liter is really where the power lies – you won’t be left behind at the red lights if you choose the top-tier engine option.
Of course, there’s also the cost of fuel to consider. The 2018 Ford Escape base-model 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine gets an estimated 21 miles per gallon in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Upgrade to the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine and those numbers climb to 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Of course, if you choose to go all out and get the turbocharged 2.0-liter, you’ll be looking at getting a respectable 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. When it comes to choosing which engine you want to power your 2018 Ford Escape, you don’t have to worry about gas prices holding you back – all of the available engine options offer decent fuel economy without sacrificing speed or acceleration.
Technology that makes our lives easier or more enjoyable is amazing, but technology that makes us safer? Well, that’s simply unbeatable. Thanks to Ford’s dedication to developing cars and SUVs that couple cutting-edge technology with supreme safety features, it’s no wonder that the 2018 Ford Escape can boast a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Choose to include the Ford Safe and Smart Package on your 2018 Ford Escape, and you’ll feel confident knowing that you’re protected with a lane-keep assist system, automatic high-beam headlamps, rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive cruise control, a forward collision warning and brake support system and Ford’s BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) as well as cross-traffic alert. The Safe and Smart package is everything you need to hit the open road feeling protected and ready to take on anything the day may throw at you.
However, that’s not to say that you’ll necessarily feel that your newly licensed teen driver is prepared to face down the many driving challenges that they may encounter, such as distractions from inside the cabin or the temptation to blast the stereo to deafening levels. Ford knows that teen driver’s may have the best of intentions, but peer pressure and the excitement of finally having independence on the road leads many teens to take unnecessary and extremely dangerous risks, which is why they have created MyKey.
Ford’s MyKey allows drivers to program one of their keys to govern the 2018 Ford Escape’s capabilities, which basically means that if your teen borrows your SUV, you can simply hand over the specially-coded key and rest assured knowing that the safe-guards you have put in place will be activated as soon as your teen turns the key in the ignition. Some of the best features of MyKey include the Belt-Minder function, which will sound a six-second chime every 30 seconds until your teen buckles up… and just to be sure they can’t turn up the beat to drown on the sound, the audio also gets muted until the safety belt clicks in.
Teens frequently feel the need for speed, but you can protect your teen against the urge to put the pedal to metal simply by setting MyKey to limit the 2018 Ford Escape’s top speeds. You can stop the car from going any faster than either 65, 70, 75 or 80 mph, and you can also set the SUV to chime when speeds broach 45, 55 and 65 mph.
A few other key features of MyKey include the earlier low-fuel warning, which alerts your teen well in advance of the gas tank hitting empty, and the limited audio volume ability, which limits the speakers from going louder than 44 percent of the sound systems total volume. Finally, any advanced safety technology (such as the aforementioned BLIS system and Park Aid) cannot be turned off if you have programmed MyKey to keep them activated.
Safety should be at the forefront of every driver’s mind, which is why Ford offers it’s drivers a multitude of standard and advanced safety features to protect you and your most precious cargo as you take to the open road.
The 2018 Ford Escape is available in four trim levels – the S, the SE, the SEL and the Titanium trim and all four trims come well-equipped with top-tier technology. Even the S trim, which is primarily aimed at business fleet buyers, comes standard with Bluetooth, a USB port, a rearview camera, Ford’s voice-activated SYNC infotainment system and Ford’s MyKey technology.
Of course, the further up the trim lines you go, the better the more sophisticated the technology becomes. Take, for example, the available SYNC 3 infotainment system, which comes standard on the SEL and Titanium trims. SYNC 3 is not only voice-activated, it also has a responsive touchscreen and an easy-to-navigate interface. Of course, SYNC 3 also has the ability to turn your 2018 Ford Explorer into a mobile hotspot thanks to its Wi-Fi capability. In fact, you’ll never have to worry about getting from Point A to Point B when you drive a 2018 Ford Explorer equipped with SYNC 3 – the system offer a beautifully designed navigation display, so you won’t have to worry about checking for your phone or a map for turn-by-turn directions. And if that wasn’t impressive enough, SYNC 3 also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, so you never have to go without your favorite tunes or podcast while you’re cruising in your 2018 Ford Escape.
As if there wasn’t enough cool technology located right in the 2018 Ford Escape’s cabin, you can now take your top-of-the-line tech on the go, as well. FordPass is a smartphone app that allows you to easily find and reserve parking spaces, lock or unlock your SUV, find the most affordable gas stations and it even lets you stay on top of scheduling your service appointments, so you can keep your 2018 running in tip-top shape, all with a simple tap on your phone screen.