If you’re looking for lots of utility wrapped up in a small package, the 2018 Ford Escape compact crossover SUV and the 2018 Ford EcoSport subcompact crossover SUV may be on your shortlist of cars to consider. Either choice presents a modern, sporty way to get around Plainfield, Indianapolis and Avon.

Naturally, they’re not the same If you’re interested in these two rides, read our Ford EcoSport vs Escape vehicle comparison to help you figure out how these crossovers stack up so you can decide which is ideal for you.

2018 EcoSport vs Escape Configurations

The 2018 EcoSport and 2018 Escape each get an EPA-estimated 29 mph on the highway, so no matter how long your Indianapolis road trip might be, you don’t have to worry about frequent stops at the pump. However, the EcoSport is more efficient overall, with an EPA-estimated 27 city mpg, while the Escape gets just 21 city mpg.

Drivers concerned with fuel economy may prefer the EcoSport, but if it’s power you want, the Ford Escape can produce up to 245 horses and 275 lb-ft of torque with its optional 2.0L EcoBoost® engine. Properly equipped, the Escape tows up to 3,500 pounds.

The EcoSport, by comparison, maxes out at 166 horsepower, 149 lb-ft and offers a a 2,000-pound towing capacity with its available 2.0L Ti-VCT engine.

EcoSport vs Escape Interior

Inside, the Ford EcoSport and Ford Escape both have roomy cargo areas. But, the Escape is a larger vehicle, and that translate to more storage space for camping gear, small furniture and more. The Escape has 68 cubic feet of cargo volume with the rear seats folded, whereas the EcoSport tops out with 50 cubic feet in the same conditions.

From a design standpoint, the EcoSport interior has a more modern, vibrant aesthetic than the Escape, with a space-age quality to its center stack, featuring a touchscreen that sprouts out from the dash rather than being contained by it. On the high-level SES trim, a bright orange trim adds an element of fun to the ride.

Technology Features

Slide into the cabins of the 2018 EcoSport and 2018 Escape, and you’ll be greeted by a tech-rich experience to keep you comfortable and connected for the duration of your ride. A few features you’ll find standard or available in both vehicles include:

  • SYNC® Infotainment System (with available SYNC® 3 upgrade).
  • Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. Manage messages, contacts, your music and more from the available 8-inch touchscreen.
  • Dual-Zone Climate Control. If you’re the driver or front passenger, set the ideal temperature for your vehicle zone and stay comfy no matter the climate outside.
  • Panoramic Vista Roof®. Tilt or open to experience the elements, from natural light to fresh air to the warm summer sun.

Test Drive Both SUVs at Andy Mohr Ford

In a Ford EcoSport vs Escape showdown, these two crossover SUVs each has specific qualities that fill different needs. If you’re looking for an efficient ride with a more modern touch, the 2018 Ford EcoSport may be the ride for you. On the other hand, if power and interior space for a family vehicle catch your attention, the 2018 Ford Escape has a lot to offer.

You can schedule a test drive of both vehicles at Andy Mohr Ford, your Ford dealership serving Plainfield, Indianapolis and Avon. Get the hands-on experience you need to choose between the two and stop in today!