The 5-seaterFord Escape is a compact crossover which is around since 2000 and now in its third generation with a highly refined design that adds sophistication, sporty looks, rugged profile and some awesome features. The 2018 edition Ford Escape we checked out at Escondido Ford dealer had the most advanced technology and features, intelligent drive systems, awesome cargo space and sensibility both inside and out. Available in four trim levels such as the S, SE, SEL and Titanium you are looking at a vehicle that starts with an awesome 2.5L iVCT engine with flex fuel capability and Electronic Stability Control on the S. This upgrades to a 1.5L EcoBoost engine with Auto Start/Stop and dual-zone climate control inside and chrome exhaust tips for that sporty appearance from the SE, awesome driving assistance and safety features such as Reverse Sensing System on the SEL and luxurious interiors and advanced technology on the insides on the Titanium.
The Escape is also known to offer some superb comfort and luxury for the drivers that’s aided with groundbreaking technologies and we explore how Ford ensures drive comfort in the 2018 Ford Escape.
Drive comfort starts from seating comfort. This is because finally what matters to drivers after that short or long drive is how you feel during driving and how you feel after you get down. Ideally, driving should be pleasurable, and the driver should feel invigorated after that drive and the right seating that has the right materials is very important to make drivers feel this way. The Ford Escape comes with Cloth seats on the S and SE and Leather trimmed seats on the SEL and Titanium, but its bucket seats in the front that’s are standard across all the trims which is very comforting. A Partial Leather-trimmed Sport Seat option is available for the SE trim.
Seat adjustments include a 6-way manually adjustable driver seat on the base S trim and 10-way power driver seat on all the other trims. The Titanium also adds a 10-way power passenger seat and driver seat memory. The second-row passenger seats are 60/40 split-fold-flat seat backs to make space for more cargo carrying capacity.
The base trim of the Escape comes standard with a single-zone manual climate control while all the other trims comes with an awesome Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control that’s able to maintain the temperature evenly across the vehicle in all climatic conditions with minimum human intervention and makes up more than enough for the lack of heated seating and steering options.
Driving Controls & Handling
The 2018 Ford Escape puts some excellent driving tools into your hands to make you driving experience pleasurable. You have the option to add Steering Wheel-Mounted Paddle Shifters on the SE and Titanium trims and a Drivers Side Foot Rest standard across all trims. The S and SE trims we saw at Escondido Ford also came with a Urethane steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, manual tilt and telescoping steering column.Available options on the SE, SEL and Titanium include Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning with Brake Support, an Intelligent 4WD System, Forward Sensing System and Cross-Traffic Alert all of which help you driver better and drive safer.