Ford’s 2018 SUV lineup is impressive. With a total of six different SUVs to choose from, you are bound to find a model that catches your attention. Check out some of the key players from Ford.
2018 Ford EcoSport
The 2018 Ford EcoSport is among the newest crossover SUVs to hit the market. Its small size and strong fuel economy make it ideal for city commuting. Car shoppers will also be drawn to the EcoSport’s athletic styling. Prices start at around $19,995, which makes the all-new EcoSport a great alternative to a compact sedan.
A turbocharged three-cylinder engine comes standard on the EcoSport, which develops 123 horsepower. Gas mileage proves to be quite pleasing. According to the EPA, drivers can look forward to getting a combined 28 mpg. All-wheel-drive models benefit from a larger four-cylinder engine. Its 166-horsepower output allows the EcoSport to deliver a more inspiring performance. However, the crossover’s city fuel economy rating drops to 23 mpg. Featuring a sports-tuned suspension, the SES trim offers especially nimble handling.
Because of its compact design, the new EcoSport is unable to provide a lot room in the back. However, front-seat comfort is outstanding. Some of the available upgrades consist of a 675-watt sound system, Ford’s top-rated Sync 3 infotainment system, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen. Blind-spot monitoring is offered as well.
2018 Ford Edge
Designed to comfortably seat five passengers, the midsize Ford Edge remains a great all-around family vehicle. Everyone will appreciate its relaxing ride and spacious interior design. A five-star safety rating gives you another reason to like the new Edge. Expect to pay around $30,215 for the well-equipped base model.
Ford now gives you three capable engines to choose from. The base four-cylinder engine develops 245 horsepower while returning a combined 23 mpg. Rated to develop 280 horsepower, the optional V6 engine returns a combined 20 mpg. The Sport model is by far the most fun-to-drive model in the lineup. A 315-horsepower engine transforms the Edge Sport into one of the quickest crossovers in the segment. Along with the additional power comes a sports-tuned suspension and variable-ratio steering. Although the AWD version of the Edge performs well in the snow, it is not engineered for serious off-road adventures.
A backup camera, Bluetooth technology, and voice controls all come standard on the new Edge. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available on all of the higher trim levels. You also have access to an amplified Sony sound system and a rear-seat entertainment system. Forward collision warning and blind-spot monitoring highlight the list of available safety features.
2018 Ford Escape
In terms of size, the Escape is a notch below the Ford Edge. It also shares many of the Edge’s same styling cues. Featuring a special set of 19-inch Black Ebony wheels, the Sport Appearance Package gives the new Escape an especially stunning look. Meanwhile, a starting MSRP of $24,845 makes the Escape a standout value.
While the standard four-cylinder engine delivers an adequate performance, most drivers will prefer the optional 1.5L EcoBoost engine. It develops more power and returns better fuel economy. You can anticipate getting a combined 24 mpg. The top-of-the-line Titanium model comes equipped with an exclusive 2.0L EcoBoost engine, which pushes out an exciting 245 horsepower. A 3,500-pound towing capacity also puts the Escape Titanium among the class leaders.
The Ford Escape proves to be roomy enough for the average family. However, it is important to note that many of the Escape’s competitors provide more cargo space. Some of the notable standard features include Bluetooth technology, a rear-view camera, and a 4.2-inch display screen. Aside from the base model, all of the other trims offer advanced safety technologies such as lane-keep assist and forward collision warning.
2018 Ford Explorer
For years, the three-row Ford Explorer has remained a top-selling SUV. It is arguably the most versatile SUV made by Ford. Plenty of modern technologies are available on the 2018 model, including a new Wi-Fi hot spot. Prices start at around $32,000.
The base V6 engine’s 290-horsepower production is more than enough for most drivers. However, the optional turbocharged four-cylinder will reward you with better fuel economy. Expect to get an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in town and 27 mpg on the highway. Atop the lineup sits Ford’s powerful 3.5L EcoBoost engine. It pounds out a sensational 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Although the Explorer is praised for its smooth ride, the Sport model’s firmer suspension makes it a bit more responsive on the road. If you decide to travel off-road, Ford’s Terrain Management System will help you to overcome rough landscapes.
Like the majority of its competitors, the Explorer’s third-row seat is only suitable for children and small adults. However, the rest of your passengers will have plenty of room to stretch out. While all of the trims come loaded with useful features, the Platinum trim offers a top-notch degree of luxury. It boasts premium leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, and an automated parking system. Lane departure intervention and adaptive cruise control are just a couple of the available safety innovations.
2018 Ford Expedition
Featuring a truck-based frame, the full-size Expedition is the largest and most powerful SUV produced by Ford. Not only does the Expedition provide tons of interior room, but it also boasts a 9,300-pound towing capacity. An independent rear suspension enables the Expedition to deliver class-leading ride comfort. While prices start at $53,000, the top-of-the line Expedition Platinum can easily exceed $75,000.
All trims come equipped with a turbocharged V6 engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. While the standard version of the engine develops 375 horsepower, the luxurious Expedition Platinum packs 400 horsepower. Regardless of which trim you choose, you can expect to experience brisk acceleration. While there is no overlooking the Expedition’s massive size when parking, it handles like a far smaller SUV on the road. In terms of fuel economy, the Expedition will return a combined 19 mpg. This is a bit more efficient than the outgoing model. An FX4 4×4 Off-Road package is available for the drivers who plan to hit the trails.
The new Expedition offers a long list of high-tech features. Standard rear parking sensors and a backup camera help drivers to maneuver this big SUV in tight spots. A high-speed Internet connection makes the Expedition an even better vehicle for long road trips. Advanced safety features, such as pedestrian detection, will give you an extra peace of mind.
2018 Ford Flex
Noted for its boxy styling, the 2018 Ford Flex is a sharp-looking crossover that provides an exceptional amount of passenger comfort. Several cool features are available, including a multi-panel Vista Roof and ventilated front seats. Very few crossovers in the segment bring more to the table for $31,195.
While the standard V6 engine is up to par, the optional 3.5L EcoBoost engine delivers a beastly performance. According to the EPA, the new Flex will return 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. A plush ride makes the Flex perfect for the families who love to travel. Because the Flex sits lower to the ground than most SUVs, it is not recommended for off-road use.