2018 Ford Explorer vs. 2018 Ford Escape

2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Ford Escape

2018 Ford Escape

From busy parents to young professionals, drivers naturally turn towards the Ford range for crossovers and SUVs. Of course, choosing between the Ford Explorer and 2018 Ford Escape can be tough, with differences involving:

  • Horsepower and torque
  • City and highway efficiency
  • Passenger and cargo space
  • Onboard technology

We’ve put together this quick and easy guide to help you come to the right decision.

Power and Efficiency

Ford Explorer engine options include:

  • 3.5L V6: Makes up to 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque.
  • 2.3L Turbocharged Four-Cylinder: Makes up to 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.
  • 3.5L Turbocharged V6: Makes up to 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque.

You’ll tow up to 5,000 pounds and make up to 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

Ford Escape engine options include:

  • 2.5L Four-Cylinder: Makes up to 168 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque.
  • Turbocharged 1.5L Four-Cylinder: Makes up to 179 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque.
  • Turbocharged 2.0L Four-Cylinder: Makes up to 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque.

You’ll tow up to 3,500 pounds and make up to 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

Passenger and Cargo Space

For larger families, the 2018 Ford Explorer is ideal. It offers space for up to seven, plus:

  • 21 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row.
  • 43.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row.
  • 81.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row.

The 2018 Ford Escape provides space for five, plus:

  • 34 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row.
  • 68 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row.


High-end features are a Ford hallmark evident across both the 2018 Ford Explorer and 2018 Ford Escape. For maximum comfort, you’ll enjoy available leather upholstery, heated seats, and a heated steering wheel. To stay safe, connected, and entertained, each model can deliver:

  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Enhanced Park Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • SYNC 3 Infotainment

That said, the Ford Explorer does have a few tricks up its sleeve, including an available 4G hotspot and rear entertainment system. If you regularly head from Naperville to New York instead of simply Aurora to Plainfield, they’re great features to have on your side.

Find Your Next Ford SUV by Visiting River View Ford

If you’d prefer some one-on-one advice or feel like arranging a test drive, why not contact River View Ford today? If you’ve already made up your mind, feel free to apply for financing online.

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