2018 Ford Escape Titanium 4WD

My test drive with the Escape included a visit to the St. Catharines and the Welland Canals Centre

Overview 
The Escape is the second most important model (after F-150) in the model range. The compact SUV segment is the fastest growing segment in Canada. And the competition is very fierce. The Toyota RAV, the segment leader is about to introduce a brand new RAV and Honda had a very recent update of the CR-V. GM’s Chevy Equinox and the GMC Terrain are also relatively new models selling well. VW’s new Tiguan and Mazda’s CX-5 are also very well-built and hot-selling vehicles. Add to this the brand new Forester from Subaru and you understand why Ford has to hurry up in bringing a brand new Escape to the market soon.
Some journalists spotted early prototype(s) on the road and we will have the next-gen Escape probably in the first half of 2020.
Until then, Fords has a mature, well-built and still popular Escape in its model range.
We drove the top-of-the-line Titanium with 2.0L Ecoboost engine and 4WD.
This is not the best-selling Escape due to its relatively high price.
The base-price for Titanium is $37,199. Our fully-loaded tester had a sticker price of $42,689 including $1,790 destination charge.

A dinner break at the Liberty City in Toronto

Driving Impressions 
Well-calibrated steering and good brakes. These are the two features that made a lasting impression after my one-week test drive. The powerful, 2.0L Ecoboost engine with twin scroll makes 245 horsepower and delivers 275 pound-feet of torque. This engine is only available in the top Titanium trim and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. This more power than necessary in your daily average commute from home to work to the grocery store.
I reached an average consumption of 13.8 liters.

Conclusion
Despite newer models on the market, still, a wise choice considering Ford’s expertise in building SUV’s and crossovers and the fact the Escape ironed out all its weaknesses since 2013.

The two best sellers of Ford side-by-side: The F-150 and the Escape

Article and photos by Varol McKars

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