When you are looking for adventure in the big outdoors, Ford’s dynamic SUVs are the perfect means of getting there. They are also great around the city and for comfortable highway cruising. But when it comes to choosing between the 2018 Ford Edge and 2018 Ford Escape, which is the best for adventure lovers?
The SE, SEL, and Titanium trims in the Edge have a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine which produces 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. With the SEL and Titanium, you also have the option of a 3.5-liter V-6 producing 280 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. Sport models are equipped with a 2.7-liter V-6 turbo which gives you 315 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, which can get you from 0 to 60 in 5.6 seconds, a match for many sports cars. Four-wheel drive is standard on the Edge Sport and optional on other models.
Three engines are also available for the Escape. S trim models have a 2.5-liter four-cylinder power unit producing 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. Stepping up to the SE or SEL gets you a 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbo making 179 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. In Titanium trim, you are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo giving you 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Four-wheel drive is available on all but the S trim.
The Edge and Escape both seat five in comfort with similar head and legroom in the front, although the Edge offers more room for back-seat passengers. The Escape has 68 cubic feet of cargo space with the back seat folded, while the Edge offers you 73 cubic feet. All models feature 60/40 split folding rear seats.
The Edge Titanium has leather upholstery, and the Sport has leather seats with cloth inserts. SE and SEL models have a single driver information screen in the instrument cluster, a 4.2-inch infotainment display, and Wi-Fi hotspot. Titanium and Sport trims feature an analog gauge with an LCD screen on either side, an 8-inch central touch screen, a premium 12-speaker audio system, and ambient lighting. SEL models and up have dual-zone climate control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Escape S and SE trims have the cluster LCD screen and 4.2-inch central screen with voice recognition. SEL and Titanium models add the 8-inch touchscreen, along with leather-trimmed front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. SE trims and above offer dual-zone climate control, while Titanium features voice-activated touch-screen navigation and 10-speaker audio system.
The Edge SE trim features 18-inch alloy wheels, a chrome grille, automatic headlights, power door mirrors, and a rear-view camera. The SEL trim adds LED fog lights and signature lighting, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, and a reverse sensing system. The Titanium trim has 19-inch wheels, while the Sport has 20-inch wheels and a unique front end with a black grille.
The Escape SE trim includes 17-inch alloy wheels, a chrome and silver painted grille, and fog lights, while the SEL adds heated mirrors and a power liftgate. Titanium models feature a hands-free liftgate
To make a closer comparison, head down to Lake Shore Ford. They will help you choose the right SUV for your needs.