Specs at a Glance

2018 Ford Escape

2018 Ford Escape

Engine

2.5L

Horsepower

168hp

MPG (City/Highway)

21/29 *

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic Transmission with SelectShift® Capability


2018 Ford Edge

2018 Ford Edge

Engine

2.0L

Horsepower

245hp

MPG (City/Highway)

21/29 *

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic Transmission with SelectShift® Capability

2018 Ford Escape vs 2018 Ford Edge

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If you want an SUV, you’ve got two excellent choices with the 2018 Ford Escape and its bigger sibling, the 2018 Ford Edge. Each has attributes that make it a good fit for certain shoppers. Good safety records, quality interiors, and family-oriented amenities are available in equal measure on either SUV.

Performance

The Escape has two turbos to keep it competitive. The first Ecoboost engine generates 179 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque. Escape Titanium editions have a four-cylinder turbo that creates 245 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. The Edge, which is larger, also has this 245-horsepower Ecoboost engine. On both, active grille shutters and a start-stop redlight system improve fuel efficiency. Edge Sport models let you step up to a twin-turbo V6. This 2.7 liter Ecoboost engine generates 315 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque.

Appearance

The Edge design is echoed in the Escape’s grille, headlights and shape. While they aren’t twins, there is no mistaking that they are in the same family. At 98 cubic feet, the Escape is large enough for a family, but the Edge is decidedly bigger at 113 cubic feet. Its flat rear floor makes it good for adult friends as well as your teens. Large doors open wide for easy entry to the Edge. Backseat chairs can recline for greater comfort. Both the Escape and the Edge offer remarkable cargo space. Escapes have a 34-cu.ft. hold, quite big for the class. If the seats are folded, you can expect almost 68 cubic feet. Edge models have an even bigger 39-cu.ft. hold that can expand to 74 cubic feet when you need more space. You can get a power liftgate on both. The Edge version is hands-free. The bigger SUV also has an EasyFold second row.

The Escape comes in S, SE, SEL and Titanium trims. Edge models come in SE, SEL, Titanium and Sport models. The features list is similar, but you will find richer design materials on the higher editions of the Edge. Leather, a panoramic sunroof, and heated seats are among the many amenities on both menus. The Sync 3 touchscreen comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

SAFETY

How safe are the Escape and the Edge? Here they are evenly matched. Both have earned five stars from the federal crash safety experts. A rearview camera and a blind spot mirror are standards, helping you watch behind you. If you upgrade to a blind zone monitoring system, you also get a rear cross-traffic alert. A lane departure system can keep you out of harm’s way by gently assisting the Escape or Edge back into the marked lane lines. A forward collision warning coupled with automatic braking may stop or lessen impact. Automatic braking is also used by the adaptive cruise control to maintain a safe speed. If you want more, the Edge is offering a 180-degree front camera system. Both offer Ford’s parallel/perpendicular parking assist. Inflatable second-row seatbelts are only available from Ford.

As U.S. News and World Reports says in its comparison of these two SUVs, both are good choices. You just can’t go wrong! Take a test drive of your favorite at our dealership and learn more about the benefits of owning a Ford SUV.


* EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.