2018 Escape pricing added September 20, 2017.
The Ford Escape crossover gained a refreshed appearance for 2017 that served to boost its appeal. So, it’s no surprise that it will remain virtually untouched when the 2018 model arrives. For those looking for a complete redesign, we expect to see one sometime in 2019.
As a carryover, look for no significant changes visually. Inside, we also expect no dramatic updates. That said, the interior could arguably use some freshening up. Expect standard features to remain the same too. For reference, the current Escape comes standard with 17-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, LED taillights, Ford MyKey, cruise control, a 4.2-inch central display, rearview camera, a six-speaker audio system, and more.
The powertrain should also undergo zero changes in the new year. The 2018 Escape is expected to continue with the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. The midrange engine is a 1.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 179 hp and 177 lb-ft. Finally, the range-topping engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 245 hp and 275 lb-ft. All three engines use a six-speed automatic transmission.
The current Escape falls short of an IIHS Top Safety Pick designation due to its “Acceptable” small-overlap results. It does, however, have all the tech to get a Top Safety Pick Plus designation when equipped with optional front-collision mitigation, and an “Acceptable” rating in the revamped headlight test.
Expect a full review closer to launch.
Pricing & Release Date
The 2018 Ford Escape is on sale and beginning to arrive now at dealers.
Official pricing starts at $24,845 including destination for the entry-level Escape S. The popular SE has been priced from $26,600, or $27,950 when opting for one with all-wheel drive. At the top of the range, the Escape Titanium 4x4 reaches $34,390.
In terms of deals, the Escape often enjoys a nice range of cashback and finance incentives. Lease offers have also been impressive, especially around holidays. Expect this to continue to be the case with the 2018 model.
Pictured: 2017 Escape