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Compare the 2018 Ford Explorer vs 2018 Ford Escape

2018 Ford Explorer 2018 Ford Escape Versus

2018 Ford Explorer


2018 Ford Escape

3.5L V6


2.5L iVCT I4
17 city / 24 hwy

Fuel Economy

21 city / 29 hwy
290 hp


168 hp
151.5 cu ft

Passenger Volume

98.7 cu ft

Serving Savannah, Richmond Hill, and Pooler, GA

The 2018 Ford Explorer is now a unibody-construction vehicle, a departure from the more traditional body-on-frame truck build. This is a plus, however, because it's more driver- and passenger-friendly than in previous generations. The Escape is small but durable, and it comes loaded with advanced safety systems and high-tech features. Both vehicles offer a range of powertrain choices. More specific details of the similarities and differences are described below.

Engine and Powertrain

Both the 2018 Ford Explorer and Ford Escape offer several different engines. The Escape can be purchased with a:

  • 2.5L four-cylinder engine rated at 168 horsepower
  • Turbocharged 1.5L engine that produces 179 horsepower
  • Turbocharged 2.0L engine rated at 245 horsepower

The peppy 245-horsepower engine is available on the Titanium trim. It's paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. All trims come with standard front-wheel drive. The 2018 Ford Explorer comes with a standard V6 that delivers 290 horsepower, and a turbocharged 2.3L engine rated at 280 horsepower is also available. The Sport and Platinum trims offer a powerful turbocharged V6 rated at 365 horsepower. All-wheel drive is optional on the lower trim Explorers and standard on the Sport and Platinum.

Standard and Optional High-Tech

Both the 2018 Ford Explorer and Escape are nicely appointed in terms of convenience features and high-tech systems. Every Explorer and Escape comes with:

  • A rearview camera
  • The Ford Sync interface
  • AppLink smartphone integration

The base trim Escape is generally distributed as a fleet and rental vehicle, so the SE is considered the actual base trim. The Explorer doesn't come with standard driver alert systems, but the entire package is available as an option regardless of trim level. A nine-speaker sound system is optional on the Escape SE and above trims, and the Explorer Limited and above trims come with power-adjustable pedals and premium audio.


Although it's small in stature, the 2018 Ford Escape has plenty of cargo room, especially when the rear seats are folded flat. With the 245-horsepower engine, towing capacity is greatly increased. Special features of the 2018 Escape include:

  • Deep center console storage
  • A total of 68 cubic feet of cargo room
  • Huge front seatback pocket storage areas

The 2018 Ford Explorer also features the large seatback pockets, and the rear cargo area has a very deep well for storing tall items. With the turbocharged V6, the Explorer rates high in towing capacity. The Explorer can also be purchased with sliding second-row bucket seats, and this really helps out when loading passengers and cargo from the side door.

Both the 2018 Ford Explorer and Escape models are now on display at J.C. Lewis Ford in Savannah. Test drive them both to see which one suits you best. Both models are rated high in terms of safety, and both have very high resale value!

MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at MSRP refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

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