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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 Hinesville, Fort Stewart, and Jesup, GA

The 2018 Ford Explorer is a mid-size crossover SUV with seven seats. The 2018 Ford Escape is a compact crossover SUV that has seating for five people. Both vehicles offer turbocharged engines with the iconic EcoBoost technology. The SYNC 3 infotainment system delivers entertainment and guidance in the cockpits of these family-friendly cars. Additionally, the Explorer and Escape are available with the Safe and Smart Package.


  • Turbocharged EcoBoost Engine Blocks
  • Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) Technology
  • Intelligent 4WD
  • 6-Speed SelectShift Automatic Transmission System
  • AdvanceTrac With Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • Direct Injection Fuel System

The 2018 Explorer's 2.3 L I-4 and 3.5 L V6 engines run on the EcoBoost technology. This signature label is applied to the 2018 Escape's 1.5 L and 2.0 L engine blocks. Both Ford crossover SUVs are available with the patented Ti-VCT system that optimizes fuel economy. These versatile vehicles roll on the Intelligent 4WD system, which is tuned to handle a wide range of landscapes and weather conditions. Offering a shift-on-the-fly mechanism, the Terrain Management System also boosts the Explorer's off-road performance. Additionally, the AdvanceTrac with RSC stabilizes both models on slippery roads and unpaved surfaces.


  • SYNC 3 Infotainment System
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • GPS Navigation System
  • Sony Sound System
  • FordPass Mobile Application
  • USB Ports and Bluetooth

Having a touch-screen interface with voice recognition, the SYNC 3 infotainment platform is available in the 2018 Explorer and Escape. GPS navigation is one of the major applications on the main menu of this advanced multimedia hub. After downloading the Ford Pass mobile application on your smartphone, you'll be able to access various remote services. Both Ford crossover SUVs have multiple USB ports and wireless Bluetooth technology for convenient mobile connectivity. Designed by Sony, the Explorer's sound system comes with 12 speakers, and the Escape's audio system has 10 speakers.

Safety and Security

  • Ford Safe and Smart Package
  • Enhanced Active Park Assist
  • Rear View Camera
  • Safety Canopy System
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System
  • Front Knee Airbags

The Ford Safe and Smart Package makes the 2018 Explorer and Escape some of the safest models in their respective classes. The Forward Collision Warning is paired with the Brake Support to prevent front crashes. Some other accident-mitigation features that are part of this signature package includes the Adaptive Cruise Control and Blind Spot Information System. Both Ford vehicles have the ultrasonic-powered Enhanced Active Park Assist and a rear view camera. The Safety Canopy System and front knee airbags offer superb protection in the front row.

Stop at J.C. Lewis Ford Hinesville to compare the 2018 Explorer with the 2018 Escape. Our dealership offers test drives in these premium Ford crossover SUVs.

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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