2018 Ford Escape vs Ford EcoSport

2018 Ford Escape vs Ford EcoSport

2018 Ford Escape vs Ford EcoSport

In this head-to-head, we pit two Ford crossovers against each other. It's a veritable family feud. The 2018 Ford Escape is a compact SUV while it's littler sibling is the subcompact Ford EcoSport. Which is an all-around better vehicle? Read on to find out.

Acceleration and Handling: Escape

The 2018 Ford Escape is a blast to drive. So many SUVs are stately wagons but the Escape is agile with sporty suspension and precise steering. Driving it feels like gliding even on some of the bumpier roads. Its offering on the standard model is a 168-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Two sportier engines are available, topping with a 245-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes passing on the highway as easy as backing out of the driveway.

The Ford EcoSport, on the other hand, doesn't quite live up to its name. It might be economical but it isn't too sporty. It turns on a dime, but is not as nimble as the Escape and you'll definitely feel the bumps in the cobblestone. It runs on a 123-horsepower, turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine. There's also a 166-horsepower option but that kind of horsepower is already lower than the base engine on the Escape.

Interior: Escape

It's no surprise that the Escape has a larger interior. After all, it's all of 17 inches longer than the EcoSport. You'll be slightly more comfortable in the Escape, but not as much as you would think thanks to the tall seats of the EcoSport making up a lot of the difference. The Escape has a great interior with attractive materials throughout. You'll also notice that the noise level is low due to good insulation.

Ford has used the available interior space in the EcoSport amazingly well, but where we ding the EcoSport is in its interior styling. There are plenty of hard plastics, keeping it from an upscale feel. It kind of feels economical, you might say.

Technology: Tie

Ford doesn't play favorites with technology. The 2018 Ford Escape may have more in the way of active safety features, like adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitor, forward collision warning, and lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist. The Ford EcoSport has fewer but that is typical of the subcompact SUV class.

They are evenly matched in terms of non-safety tech. Both come standard with rearview camera, MyKey, and SYNC infotainment system. The optional SYNC3 infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is available on either vehicle, and is hailed as intuitive and responsive.