2018 Ford Escape vs. Its Competition

2018 Ford Escape
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Crossover SUVs have replaced sedans in many family garages, and the Escape competes for one of those parking spaces along with a truly impressive group of compact vehicles.

As a direct rival, the Mazda CX-5 is probably the best-driving model in this class, so cross-shop that if you're fond of the Escape's sporty side.

The class leader, the Honda CR-V, has a unique fold-away second-row seat that's best in the class.

The Toyota RAV4 is only offered with a naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine, and it's not powerful, though it handles and looks better than in the recent past.

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport pairs five seats with 4-cylinder engines and a lovely and spacious interior.

The Escape also competes with the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage, smaller crossovers with very good gas mileage and in the Kia's case, fun turbo power.

The Nissan Rogue is fairly refined and well equipped, though its CVT and 4-cylinder make for dull acceleration.

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Quick Specs
6.7
The 2018 Ford Escape has the road manners of another kind of car—but don't worry, it still works well as a crossover.
7.0
The 2018 Honda CR-V may be light on personality, but this compact crossover checks off every other box. It’s a very smart choice.
7.0
There’s a lot to like about the sharp-handling, attractive 2018 Kia Sportage, even if its fuel economy doesn’t impress.
6.7
The 2018 Nissan Rogue may not be very exciting, but it checks all the right boxes—and then some—for most family needs.
7.0
The 2018 Toyota RAV4 has a lot going for it, including a hybrid model, but you’d be wise to cross-shop its rivals as well.
MSRP From    
$23,940$24,250$23,600$24,800$24,660
Gas Mileage    
20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name    
S FWDLX 2WDLX FWDFWD SLE FWD (GS)
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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