So, you've decided to buy a new SUV. You've checked out the competitors around Belleville, compared prices and decided a Ford makes the most sense for your family. But which Ford SUV is right for you: 2018 Ford Escape or 2018 Ford Explorer? That depends on what you and your family need from an SUV around Mascoutah.

Escape vs. Explorer: Performance and Efficiency

Both SUVs offer Waterloo drivers access to potent engines and plenty of cargo room, but there are important differences that pit the Ford Escape vs. Ford Explorer:

  • Ford Escape: The Escape has an available 2.0L 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine capable of generating 270 hp and up to 240 lb-ft of peak torque. That's enough power to manage as much as 3,500 of trailer weight - perfect for most family trips.
  • Ford Explorer: The Explorer can be equipped with a 3.5L V6 EcoBoost powerplant that offers 365 hp and up to 350 lb-ft of peak torque while providing access to towing power of as much as 5,000 pounds - the ideal amount for a larger camp trailer or boat.
       2018 Ford Escape Towing

Escape vs. Explorer: Passengers & Cargo Capacity

Both Ford SUVs are spacious inside and offer plenty of equipment to get excited about, but the dimensions and details differ slightly:

  • Ford Escape: The Escape provides room for five passengers in two comfortable rows of seats which can be folded down to provide up to 67.8 cubic feet of cargo volume, more than enough for bags and gear for a weekend getaway.
  • Ford Explorer: The Ford Explorer can deliver seating for as many as seven adults with three rows of spacious seats. This extra volume comes in handy when hauling gear since the passenger space can be expanded to accommodate up to 80.7 cubic feet of cargo.
       2018 Ford Explorer Interior Space

Compare the Ford Escape to the Ford Explorer in Person

Still not sure? See both SUVs in action and decide Ford Escape vs. Ford Explorer for yourself with a test drive at Auffenberg Ford Belleville and see why the critics can't stop praising the Ford SUVs. Continue your research on Ford SUVs by comparing the Escape vs. Edge.