The Ford Escape is right in the thick of the compact SUV segment, with rivals including the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. The Escape is perfectly suited to SUV buyers who don't want to give up car-like driving manners. Handling is fun and sporty, something you don't often encounter in the sport-utility segment, no matter size or price point. The ride is firmer than some alternatives, however. Changes for the 2018 Escape are minimal. A new trim level – the SEL – is squeezed between the existing SE and range-topping Titanium trim. The Escape's most powerful engine, a 245 horsepower four-cylinder, is now only available in Titanium trim. Here you'll find all the information needed to make an educated buying decision if you're considering a 2018 Ford Escape, including safety and reliability ratings, engine specs, horsepower, fuel economy ratings and pricing. We'll also summarize what Autoblog's professional auto reviewers think of the Escape. Is the 2018 Ford Escape Safe? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the 2018 Ford Escape an overall crash-test rating of five stars. The Escape scored perfect five-star ratings in front and side impact tests, along with a four-star rating for rollover resistance. The NHTSA tested the Escape in both front- and all-wheel drive formats, with identical results for each. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which provides ratings for new vehicles based on its own comprehensive crash tests, gave the Escape "good" ratings in all but one test. Driver-side protection in the small overlap test was deemed "acceptable." The Escape also scored an "acceptable" rating for the effectiveness of its headlights, along with a "marginal" rating for ease of use of the onboard LATCH anchors for child seats. Ratings may differ for Escapes from other model years, so be sure to visit the NHTSA and IIHS websites to review ratings on the specific vehicle you're researching. At the time of this writing, the 2018 Escape is subject to two ongoing recalls, according to the NHTSA. The first involves improper fitment of front brake hoses, which might chafe against other components and cause a brake fluid leak. This recall affects only 88 vehicles in total. The second recall involves an airbag inflator component that could detach during airbag deployment and become a projectile in the passenger compartment. This recall involves 11,113 vehicles. Is the Escape reliable? J.D. Power most recently reviewed initial quality in the 2017 Escape, which is almost identical to the 2018 model. It gave the Escape five out of five possible stars — a rating referred to as "among the best" — in four categories: powertrain quality design, body and interior quality design, overall quality, and overall quality design. The Escape scored a three-out-of-five ranking – or "about average" – for powertrain quality mechanical, overall quality mechanical, and body and interior quality mechanical. A note about J.D. Power's methodology: we have some rather serious issues with the way it weights serious and less serious reliability issues. Read …
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