Ford Escape 2018 Philippines: Young, safe and extremely comfortable

Aug 11, 2020

The 2018 Ford Escape has made significant progress and this crossover is one of Ford's best-selling models.


1. Ford Escape 2018 Philippines: Introduction

Escape has been one of Ford's best-selling models for over a decade. This 2018 model is the 3rd generation Ford Escape since its first launch in 2013. Milton Wong, the company's technical director, said that the biggest changes in the Escape are the interior and exterior design, two new engines, fuel-efficient start-stop technology and many new features to support to take the market share. The new design is Ford's answer that "we listen to our customers". These changes come from a more spacious interior space, a larger storage capacity and a modern, smoother styling that suits many customers.

Ford Escape 2018

Ford Escape 2018 Philippines

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2. Why should people buy the Ford Escape 2018?

Ford's 2018 Escape is flexible in the two its general character and its recently extended lineup. It offers everything from a basic yet sleek and simple to-drive base model to an advanced and amazing Titanium version. The Escape's 3,500-pound tow rating is among the most elevated in this segment.

The advantage of the car is fast acceleration, many engine options and attractive driver assistance features. Optional EcoBoost 2.0L engine with a maximum capacity of 245 horsepower and maximum torque of 373 Nm Ford Escape helps the car accelerate faster than other models in the segment. In only 7.1 seconds, Escape has accelerated from 0 to 96 km / h.

Ford Escape 2018

Ford Escape for fast acceleration with 2.0L EcoBoost engine.

There are three engine options Ford is equipped with for the 2018 model. All of these engine options come with 6-speed automatic transmissions, while the other models in the segment are equipped with a CVT transmission. 

The 2018 Escape model is equipped with many advanced technologies by Ford. First, the car is equipped with parallel and perpendicular parking assistance. This is a feature that helps the drivers do not need to worry about steering the steering wheel, but just pay attention to the shift lever and brakes. Other vehicles in the segment usually do not have this feature. In addition, the car also has a range of other modern technologies such as active cruise control, collision warning, active headlights, and automatic emergency braking.

3. Ford Escape 2018 Philippines Price & Variants available

The 2018 Escape comes in four trim levels: S, SE, SEL, and Titanium. 

Ford Escape 2018 Philippines Retail Price
Trim 2018 Escape S 2018 Escape SE 2018 Escape SEL 2018 Escape Titanium
Base Price 1,194,000 PHP 1,280,000 PHP 1,402,000 PHP 1,600,000 PHP

4. What's missing from the features?

Although the 3rd generation Ford Escape has some exterior changes, this model has not yet met the requirements of customers. While rival models such as the Mazda CX-5 already have a more premium and softer appearance, the Ford Escape is still slow to change its exterior design.

Ford Escape 2018 interior

Complex entertainment screen interface

The newly introduced Sync 3 entertainment system has increased its usability with a better feedback system, fewer incidents and easy control. But this system is still quite inferior compared to Fiat Chrysler's UConnect and Chevrolet's friendly entertainment system.

Although the rear seats have a foot length of about 36.8 inches, quite spacious compared to rivals such as Toyota RAV4 and Nissan X-Trail, but it still not as spacious as Honda CR-V with 40 inches legroom.

5. Ford Escape 2018 Philippines: Highlights


Many experts consider the 2018 Ford Escape to behave more like a healthier hatchback than a crossover, especially when equipped with a turbocharged engine. The standard version of the Ford Escape 2018 is equipped with a 1.5-liter I4 engine, producing 168 horsepower, maximum torque of 230Nm.

The 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder version of the 176Hp / 240Nm 4-cylinder engine for acceleration is equivalent to the standard version but produces stronger thrust when traveling at low speeds. However, the disadvantage of this type of engine is that it emits noise when traveling.

Ford Escape 2018 Performance

When equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine in the Titanium variant, the car has a capacity of 245 horsepower, which can accelerate from 0-96km / h in 7 seconds.

Ford Escape 2018 Philippines: Engine & Performance
Horsepower 168 - 245 hp
Torque 170 - 275 ft-lb
Transmission 6-speed automatic transmission with manual mode
Drive train Front-wheel drive

Flex Fuel

Fuel System Sequential MPI
Gasoline Direct Injection
Fuel Economy 7.8 - 11.5 City/HWY combined

The 6-speed automatic transmission is standard equipment for all versions of the Escape 2018. Variations with 4-cylinder turbocharged engine will have shift lever, while the standard version is only equipped button shift. But in return, this version will be offered Sport driving mode to help increase the power of the car on the road.

Ford Escape 2018 Titanium Engine

2018 Ford Escape Titanium Engine

Comfort Features

2018 Ford Escape

The interior of the 2018 Ford Escape is rated good

The interior is well-rated, opting for the right option, and the infotainment system doesn't distract the driver. With a length of 4523 mm and a wheelbase of 2689mm, the Ford Escape is slightly smaller than the Honda CR-V, although the wheelbase is larger. The cockpit is as wide as the CR-V, the front leg space is 1,094mm wide and 947mm for the rear.

2018 Ford Escape​: Comfort Features
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Heated Front Seat(s)
  • Driver Adjustable Lumbar
  • Power Windows
  • Power Door Locks
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Driver Seat
  • Remote Engine Start


Ford Escape S is equipped with rear camera, fabric seats, air-conditioning, cruise control, 17-inch wheels, 6-speaker AM / FM / CD player and Ford's SYNC infotainment control system with central screen 4.2 inches.

Escape SE has satellite radio, electric driver's seat, 2-zone air-conditioning system, and heated front seats. The SEL version has leather seats, electric rear and tailgate, touch screen integrated infotainment and rear parking sensor.

To own all the standard equipment, you will have to spend money for the 2018 Escape Titanium. This version has an electrically adjustable passenger seat, 12-speaker Sony 390W audio system, HD radio, keyless entry, blind spot warning, rear parking sensor, ambient lighting, LED lighting system, rear parking assistance, and 18-inch wheels.

2018 Ford Escape Titanium in White

2018 Ford Escape Titanium 4dr 4x4













2018 Ford Escape Exterior

This model is a combination of the angular appearance of the crossover and the wildness of the liftback. 

The design of the Escape 2018 is quite simple with LED headlights, the grille sometimes helps to perform a ventilation function smoothly. At the same time, the front bumper of the Escape 2018 retains the neat and slender design of this 2017 model.

Ford Escape 2018 does not seem to focus too much on design when it gives the car a fairly simple design. The car has 19-inch wheels, which is a good size for moving in complex terrains. In addition, the rearview mirror with integrated turn signals creates convenience and brings a quite fashionable appearance. Color door handle with quite modern and luxurious body.

2018 Ford Escape Exterior

2018 Ford Escape: Exterior
Automatic Headlights Yes
Rear Window Defroster Yes
Daytime running lights Yes
Headlight Type Halogen
Power Exterior Mirrors Yes
Bumper Colour Body-color bumpers
Grille Black grille

6. Final recommendation

If you're looking for the most fuel-efficient crossover-SUV, the Ford Escape is not your choice. However, the Escape 2018 is still very competitive with the same segment of the market thanks to the diverse selection of engines for each variant, safety, smooth operation on a variety of terrains and spacious luggage compartment.

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