2018 Ford Edge vs 2018 Ford Escape

    By Autolist Staff | September 7, 2018

    2018 Ford Edge

    2018 Ford Escape

    Automotive Website Analyzed


    95%

    The Best

    You should buy it

    82%

    Really Good

    You should buy it

    Our User's Take

    What owners think


    100%

    Would Buy Again

    1 Ratings

    50%

    Would Buy Again

    2 Ratings

    What’s better about the 2018 Ford Edge?

    More of everything. Not only is the Edge larger than the Escape (for both passengers and cargo), but it’s positioned higher up in Ford’s CUV lineup so it has more engine power and more standard features.

    Refinement. Because the Edge is higher up Ford’s food chain than the Escape, it’s also a more refined experience inside (quieter, more comfortable) compared to the more utilitarian Escape.

    Engines. The Edge also offers more engine choices: a 245-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder is the base engine, while a 315-horsepower turbocharged V6 or a 280-horsepower V6 is available.


    What’s better about the 2018 Ford Escape?

    It’s cheaper. For 2018, the Escape starts at $24,935 while the higher-end Edge starts at $30,310. This means you can either pocket the extra cash or add many more options to the Escape -- something most reviews recommend since they found the base Escape to be too spartan. Or do both.

    Maneuverability. The Escape measures about ten inches shorter than the Edge, making it easier to park and turn in tight situations. Reviewers also praised the Edge for its sharp handling. These factors could make the Escape easier to live with on a daily basis.

    It matches the Edge’s towing. Though the Escape is a smaller, lighter and cheaper vehicle, it can still go toe-to-toe with the Edge when it comes to towing capacity: 3,500 pounds. That’s an impressive number for the smaller Escape and it’s higher than nearly all of the Escape’s competitors.


    Autolist’s take:

    It’s worth noting that both the 2018 Escape and the 2018 Edge are nearing the end of their lifespans (indeed, the Edge is all-new for 2019) so both models are relatively outdated when compared with rivals from other brands. That being said, the 2018 versions of each of these Fords has aged well. While you’ll likely find more refinement and space with the Edge, the Escape can still offer plenty of useful space in a fun-to-drive, easy-to-live-with package that leads its segment in towing. Plus it’s cheaper. For those reasons We say buy the Escape.

    Cost of Ownership

    2018 Ford Edge

    2018 Ford Escape

    Annual Fuel Costs

    $1,532
    15k miles at $2.451/gal
    $1,397
    15k miles at $2.421/gal
    Fuel Economy

    20 mpg (miles per gallon)
    City
    23 mpg (miles per gallon)
    City
    29 mpg (miles per gallon)
    Highway
    30 mpg (miles per gallon)
    Highway

    Safety

    2018 Ford Edge

    2018 Ford Escape

    NHTSA Crash Test Results

    5 stars
    Overall
    5 stars
    Overall
    Safety Features

    -
    Autonomous Braking
    -
    Autonomous Braking
    Available
    Blind-Spot Warnings
    Available
    Blind-Spot Warnings
    Standard
    Adaptive Cruise Control
    Standard
    Adaptive Cruise Control
    Available
    Lane-Keep Assist
    Available
    Lane-Keep Assist
    Available
    Cross-Traffic Alert
    Available
    Cross-Traffic Alert

    Interior

    2018 Ford Edge

    2018 Ford Escape

    Interior Features

    -
    Leather
    -
    Leather
    Available
    Moonroof
    Available
    Moonroof
    Available
    Heated Seats
    Standard
    Heated Seats
    -
    Keyless Entry
    Standard
    Keyless Entry
    Standard
    Climate Control
    Standard
    Climate Control
    Technology

    Available
    Apple Carplay
    Available
    Apple Carplay
    Available
    Android Auto
    Available
    Android Auto
    Standard
    Satellite Radio
    Standard
    Satellite Radio
    Standard
    Bluetooth
    Standard
    Bluetooth
    Available
    Navigation System
    Available
    Navigation System

    Under the Hood

    2018 Ford Edge

    2018 Ford Escape

    Powertrain

    6-Speed Shiftable Automatic
    Transmission
    6-Speed Shiftable Automatic
    Transmission
    FWD
    Drivetrain
    FWD
    Drivetrain
    Drivetrain

    245 HP @ 5500 RPM
    Horsepower
    245 HP @ 5500 RPM
    Horsepower
    275lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
    Torque
    275lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
    Torque
    I4
    Cylinders
    I4
    Cylinders