As much as you might try to grin and bear it, life can be a friggin slog. You wake up, go to work, work, leave work, do errands, make dinner, repeat. Sometimes, you might find yourself looking for a brief escape from your everyday life. Well, if you’re looking for a vehicle for that impending journey, then you should focus in on the 2018 Ford Escape. The SUV has everything you could possibly need for a random excursion, as engineers included a number of features and amenities that optimize the entire driving experience. Plus, the three attributes you’re presumably seeking from a new ride (safety, technology, performance) are all featured prominently in the beloved nameplate. While this might sound hyperbolic, you’ll be hard pressed to find another SUV that truly hits on all of these marks. Below, we explored each of these attributes, emphasizing why the 2018 Ford Escape is the perfect option for those who are simply looking to… well, escape! Check it out for yourself, you’ll be itching to go off on an adventure to Ford dealerships in your area. After you’ve completed your purchase you can get away from the monotony and…escape!
Excursion Feature #1: Safety
You’d never want to find yourself in danger during your excursion. Well, thanks to the 2018 Ford Escape’s array of preventative safety functions, that will never be a concern. The SUV is stocked with features that will help you avoid accidents altogether, thus keeping you and your passengers out of harm’s way.
The Adaptive Cruise Control is the main star among the safety amenities, as this feature will allow drivers to take a brief break without completely compromising safety. The accompanying Forward Collision Warning will alert the driver when they’re approaching another vehicle at too great of a speed and the Brake Support function will increase braking sensitivity to optimize stoppage power in those risky scenarios. This will be especially helpful during any busy commute and the Cruise Control system will help to compensate for your (justified) lack of focus in the morning.
Meanwhile, the Blind Spot Information System (with the accompanying Cross-Traffic Alert) provides the driver with an extra set of eyes, alerting them when it may be unsafe to switch lanes. The Lane-Keeping System is just as essential, as the technology assures that drivers are traveling on their intended path. These two features will prove to be invaluable on the highway, allowing drivers to avoid devastating collisions.
There are even a bunch of features that will prove to be useful in the parking lot. While these functions are more focused on preventing fender benders than devastating collisions (although you’re still at risk of injury during these minor collisions), they’ll still prove to be useful nonetheless. Specifically, the Enhanced Active Park Assist will help to guide you into any tight spot, alerting you when you’ve gotten too close to another ride.
All of these functions played a major role in the 2018 Ford Escape earning a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the highest possible accolade for the vehicle. If you’re looking for some security from your new ride, you really can’t do much better than Ford’s SUV.
Excursion Feature #2: Performance
If you end up opting for the 2018 Ford Escape, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from a trio of capable engine offerings. Each of these options provide their own specific advantages, whether it be performance, efficiency, or a combination of the two! No matter what you’re looking for from a SUV’s engine, you’ll surely find it in one of these capable engine offerings.
The 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine is the smallest of the bunch, but that doesn’t mean the system should be ignored. Rather, it proves to be the nameplate’s most efficient offering, delivering an impressive 30-mile-per-gallon highway fuel efficiency (on the front-wheel drive versions). Despite this impressive fuel economy, the unit is still plenty powerful, delivering 179 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque.
The largest offering on the list is the 2.5-liter Duratec iVCT I-4 engine. Accompanied by a responsive and intuitive six-speed SelectShift Automatic suspension, drivers will be able to capitalize on 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. The unit proves to be the brand’s most versatile offering, as the system is also capable of delivering a 29-mile-per-gallon highway fuel efficiency.
Finally, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost Ti-VCT GTDI I-4 engine is for those seeking the utmost power from their ride. The system is capable of cranking out 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, making it one of the most hulking engine offerings in the entire class. Plus, fuel efficiency is still plenty respectable, promising 28 miles per gallon on the highway.
While we surely appreciate Ford’s ability to provide customers with engine options, we’re more impressed with the fact that the brand managed to include three impressive offerings with the 2018 Escape. This is a big reason why the nameplate has continued to be among the most popular nameplates in the entire segment.
Excursion Feature #3: Technology
During your excursion, you’ll surely want to remain entertained. Well, the 2018 Ford Escape definitely makes that possible, as the vehicle is stocked with many capable technological features. These amenities won’t only boost convenience, but they’ll also play a role in improving convenience and comfort.
The real star of the interior is the SYNC 3 system, which delivers an array of features via the intuitive touchscreen system. Whether you’re looking for radio, navigation, or guidance to any important destinations, the unit will serve as your personal concierge. Meanwhile, thanks to the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, you’ll be able to seamlessly connect your smartphone to the system, allowing you to perform many of the gadget’s basic functions. That way, instead of compromising safety by checking your phone when operating the SUV, everything you could possibly need is displayed right in front of you.
Of course, that only skims the surface of the technological amenities that are included in the 2018 Ford Escape. The SiriusXM Satellite Radio will team up with your SYNC 3 system to deliver an unmatched radio experience, while the accompanying SiriusXM Traffic system will make it much easier to get to your destination. The Panoramic Vista Roof will allow fresh air to flow into your cabin, while the heated steering wheel will help you escape the heat during those cold winter months. In other words, Ford is clearly focused in on providing both convenience and comfort amenities.
Meanwhile, the FordPass smartphone application is a much-appreciated inclusion. The program allows you to monitor your SUV at all times, even when you’re away. The app will let you lock/unlock your doors and start your engine, and you can also find nearby parking and gas stations. The system will even alert you of impending mechanical checkups, assuring that you’re always up-to-date on all essential information.
Clearly, the brand seemingly picked the perfect name for the Ford Escape, and this is emphasized in the 2018 variation of the SUV. The nameplate delivers all of the attributes you’d want from a new ride, as well as a whole lot more.
If you’re looking to briefly escape everyday life and go off on a bit of an excursion, then this is clearly the perfect nameplate for you and you should start looking at Ford dealerships.