2018 Ford Escape vs. 2018 Ford Explorer

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The 2018 Ford Escape is a compact crossover while the 2018 Ford Explorer is a mid-size crossover SUV, and while they are both great options for O'Fallon families, your family should weigh Ford Escape vs. Ford Explorer to find the one that's a better fit. While we're pitting Ford Escape vs. Ford Explorer, they're different enough that their competitors aren't often in the same class -- the Escape goes up against the Rogue while the Explorer goes head-to-head with the Pathfinder (and they both have little trouble defeating the Durango). Regardless of which option you go with, you'll have access to in-demand Ford features like:

Of course, there are some differences in performance and fuel economy, passenger volume and cargo space, that we think you should know before deciding to drive one home to Collinsville.

Ford Escape vs. Ford Explorer: Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2018 Escape and 2018 Explorer are built to satisfy different kinds of performance needs, but both ride with a degree of confidence and agility to help get you through your daily commute or break away from Fairview heights for a vacation.

  • Power: The Escape is available with a 2.0L twin-scroll turbo capable of up to 245 hp while the Explorer can be had with a 3.5L V6 with up to 365 hp.
  • Fuel Economy: When it comes to efficiency, the Escape has a max 29 highway mpg while the Explorer has 24 highway mpg max.

Both have all-wheel drive available, as well.

Ford Escape vs. Ford Explorer: Passenger and Cargo Space

These vehicles fit into different crossover SUV segments and are built to satisfy different lifestyle needs. See which one is the best fit for you:

  • Seating Capacity: The Explorer seats up to 7 passengers - great for a large or growing family - while the Escape has seating for up to 5.
  • Standard Cargo Space: The Escape has more standard cargo space behind the back row with 34.0 cubic feet to the Explorer's 21.0 cubic feet.
  • Max Cargo Space: If you're looking for max hauling capabilities, though, the Explorer has 81.7 cubic feet behind the first row while the Escape only has 68.0 cubic feet.
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Ford Escape vs. Ford Explorer: Starting Price

The Explorer's advantages in space and performance don't come without their cost, though, and drivers seeking a more affordable small crossover who don't need to seat 7 might be better off with the lower price of the Escape:

  • Ford Escape - MSRP from $23,850 
  • Ford Explorer - MSRP from $31,990  

Take Home a New Ford SUV from Auffenberg Ford North

Before making any decisions, it's a good idea to check them both out in person. Come by Auffenberg Ford North to take both of them for a test drive and check out your financing options. We're located in O'Fallon, and you can contact us online with any questions!

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