Introducing the 2018 Ford Escape at Zeck Ford

March 5th, 2018 by


The car industry has been flooded with dozens of different choices when it comes to small crossover-style vehicles. The new Ford Escape sets itself apart from the rest with its new, sleek looks and sharply designed interior.

There are several trims available that can influence the power of your engine. The base model has a 168-hp four-cylinder, but you can step up to either a 179-hp turbocharged four-cylinder or a 245-hp turbo four-cylinder if you’re looking for maximum power. When it comes to driving quality, you are getting the best Ford has to offer. All new Escapes come with front-wheel drive, smooth steering, and great handling. All-wheel drive is an optional upgrade for turbo models. Escapes also come with Ford’s Sync 3 technology system, which is controlled via a screen on the dashboard.

Three Four-Cylinder Options

As we mentioned previously, there are many different choices in the small crossover space. But only one car can offer customers their choice of three different four-cylinder engine options, all of which come with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The base model 2.5-liter 168-hp inline-four engine is the cheapest engine you can purchase with a new Escape.

The middle model, a 179-hp 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, comes with the 2017 Escape SE and Titanium trims, and it is a good step up for those looking to have four-wheel drive.

However, if you’re looking for maximum power, you can add 66 more horsepower to the SE and Titanium trims by paying the $1295 optional upgrade for the best engine available, a 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder.

Performance in Spades

The EcoBoost 2.0-liter engine is rated at 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque and it currently sits near the top of the four-cylinder compact-crossover power rankings. The Subaru Forester is a highly rated car, but its 258 lb-ft of torque is 17 whole notches short of the Ford Escape. Technically, the engines in the Jeep Cherokee, Chevrolet Equinox, and GMC Terrain top the 2.0-liter EcoBoost when it comes to horsepower, but they all fall short of the Escape when it comes to the all-important torque figure. All three of those other cars feature naturally aspirated V-6 engines.

The 2.0-liter EcoBoost that is in the Escape’s all-wheel-drive Titanium trim absolutely obliterated the numbers set by the front-wheel-drive 2017 model that housed a 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine. The zero-to-60-mph time of 7.1 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 15.6 seconds blew away the competition by more than three total seconds, despite the fact that the old model was lighter.

The new 2.0-liter EcoBoost is also useful when it comes to towing. It is rated to haul 3,500 pounds, more than enough to take your family on its next vacation outing. For reference, the 1.5-liter EcoBoost is rated for 200 pounds and the base model 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine can manage 1500 pounds.

While you might not be able to get all the advantages of this upgraded engine in normal day-to-day use, it certainly can come in handy. Plus, it’s a great value at just $1295 more than the price of a regular engine. That being said, the extra cost doesn’t necessarily stop after you drive the car off the Zeck Ford lot. Ford suggests that you feed the powerful engine a diet of premium gasoline, which will cost you more of your paycheck at the pump.

The Escape, which has the bigger engine, is rated by the EPA at 20/27 miles per gallon city/highway.

The Escape is a powerful car, and the full grunt online at only 3,000 rpm makes weaving in and out of traffic or pouncing on open positions in the lane a breeze in this vehicle. The transmission is a six-speed automatic that also features manual shifting capability, but there is no standalone manual transmission option for this vehicle.

AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control

In order to monitor your yaw and roll rates at all times, the Escape uses an AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control (RSC) system. This system uses a series of gyroscopes to monitor these useful details during regular driving conditions. This helps you to maintain control, especially when the system detects that you might be slipping, understeering, oversteering, or even potentially rolling over. This helps to keep you safe even in dangerous weather conditions like ice, rain, or snow. The system also features Curve Control, which will automatically brake when it senses that the car is going too fast around a curve.

Intelligent 4WD System

If you opt for the optional intelligent four-wheel-drive system, you will get a product that constantly monitors and notes road traction and conditions so that it can ensure the correct amount of power and torque is being utilized at each wheel. This allows for better overall handling for the driver.

Curve Control and Torque Vectoring Control

We already mentioned Curve Control earlier on, but it uses throttle reduction and the braking system to make sure that you don’t go too fast around dangerous curves. This helps to prevent rolling and ensures the safety of the driver and his or her passengers. Torque Vectoring Control helps aid Curve Control by ensuring that the proper amount of torque is being transferred to the wheels that have the most grip, this helps to hug the inside of the curve when turning.

The Same but Different

We have found that the 2.0-liter EcoBoost Escape is just as good a car, if not better, than the previous 1.5-liter EcoBoost Titanium. While the previous version had 18-inch Michelin tires, the 2.0-liter Escape usually sports 19-inch aluminum Continental wheels. The newer car has lower-profile wheels, but the cornering grip registered the same as the previous model, with both coming in at 0.85g.

The steering and suspension systems in this Escape are sturdy enough that you will have a predictable driving experience while still being able to handle some odd motions that might not be encountered in day-to-day driving.

Trim Levels

Now a future Ford owner can choose from these levels: S, SE, SEL, and Titanium.

The S offers a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 17-inch steel wheels, parental control with MyKey, automatic headlights, air-conditioning, a steering wheel of the tilt-and-telescoping type, adjustable driver seat, satellite radio, and window glass with noise reduction. Also has a six-speed auto transmission, front-wheel drive, a 4.2-inch display in the center, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, smartphone integration with a Sync tech interface via Applink, a six-speaker sound system, a CD player and a USB port. This is the most simple version of the 2018 Ford Escape and it’s generally aimed at business fleet buyers, so don’t expect to find it in every car dealer.

Moving on to the SE version we find alloy wheels (again 17-inch), a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine, keypad for keyless entry, privacy glass on the rear, rear air vents, heated front seats, rear center armrest and satellite radio, eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, roof rails, and foglights.

There are also some optional on the SE version (like the alloy wheels on the S version): a sport appearance package (19-inch wheel), black painted exterior trim, a nine-speaker sound system (with dual USB ports), LED running lights for daytime, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, tow package, roof rail crossbars and a navigation system.

The SE is probably the most interesting trim level for bargain hunters as it offers best price/quality ratio.

Looking at the SEL type we find all of the SE equipment plus a power liftgate, leather upholstery, rear parking sensor and a leather-wrapped steering wheel (only optional on the SE version). Optional, there are 18-inch wheels and the same things that the SE trim level offers.

The Titanium is the top of the lineup with all the things that the SEL version offers, but also adds a turbocharged 2.0-liter-four-cylinder engine, 18-inch wheels, remote start, keyless entry and ignition, xenon headlights, an automated parallel and perpendicular parking feature, household-style power outlet, and driver seat memory settings. It also has an auto-dimming rearview mirror, six-speed automatic transmission, 10-speaker Sony audio system with HD radio, and ambient interior lightning.

With the SEL we can see a nice step up on the options from the SE version like the parking sensors and the Sync 3 tech interface. Also, 18-inch wheels are available only for this trim level. What are the Titanium options? They are the same as the SEL options but with 19-inch wheels and a tow package up to 3,500 pounds.

The best upgrades of the Titanium are perhaps the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, the parking feature which is more advanced then the SEL version, the keyless entry and ignition and the audio system’s powerful speakers.

With every trim level but the S there is a SAFE and Smart package available with adaptive cruise control included, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and automatic wipers.Get in touch with Zeck Ford to discuss the 2018 Ford Escape for sale now in Leavenworth, Kansas City. You can even have a test drive today!

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