2018 Hyundai Tuscon

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2018 Ford Escape


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Features & Specs

2018 Hyundai Tuscon

2018 Ford Escape

Base MSRP

$23,530

$24,935

Sunroof

Available

Not offered

Fuel Economy

23 / 30 MPG

21 / 29 MPG

Mileage Range

377 / 492 miles

330 / 455 miles

Powertrain Warranty

10 yr / 100000 mi

5 yr / 60000 mi




2018 Hyundai Tuscon vs 2018 Ford Escape

The Hyundai Tucson has been unrivalled in recent years thanks to its great array of features at a budget-friendly value, appealing to both single driver or family needs with great sporty feel and spacious accommodations.  Of late, other cars have been reaching at Hyundai's raised bar within their own compact-crossover SUVs.  The Ford Escape recently saw a remodeling in 2017, adding a bunch of modern aesthetic and features cred to its name.  Here, we see how its new design stacks up in the 2018 model year.


2018 Hyundai Tuscon Power & Handling

Hyundai provides two exceptional motors to power your adventures forward.  Standard within the first three trim levels is the 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission.  It gives a sporty level of performance with 164 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque.  Front-wheel drive is standard, with available four-wheel drive for added handling and terrain management.  AWD models come with a specialized "Lock Mode," which equally balances torque forces between front and rear tires for better traction in slippery situations.  The available for upgrade or higher-trim standard 1.6-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder gives a boost in power and economy.  175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque couple with the improved 25/30 mpg to provide drivers with a capable vehicle that saves a little at the gas station.


2018 Ford Escape Power & Handling

Three engine options are available within the Ford Escape, starting with the 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder standard powertrain.  This  motor provides 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque.  This engine is only offered with front-wheel drive, meaning you have to move up a price bracket if you want to receive all-wheel drive capabilities.  The AWD is provided with a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, raising output to 179 horsepower but hardly helping with fuel economy.  Last, exclusive to the highest trim model, is the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, raising capabilities to 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque.  Fuel economy takes a bit of a dip with this engine, giving 21/28 FWD mpg and a mile-per-gallon lower on both city/highway when configured with AWD.


2018 Hyundai Tuscon Features & Design

The Tucson is appealing because of its affordable cost that provides a ton of the modern features you'd expect standard in a vehicle today, which other companies leave to at least second-trim up availability.  Rearview camera, Bluetooth, six-speaker audio system with USB and AUX inputs, cruise control, and automatic projector headlights are just some of the standards within the base SE model within the sharp, energetic body build.  It's slightly smaller than the Ford, two inches shorter in length, but the roomy interior uses the space effectively to create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere that doesn't squish in your passengers.  31 cu.ft of trunk expands to 62 cu.ft with the 60/40 rear seats folded flat.


2018 Ford Escape Features & Design

The Escape recently saw a remodel in the 2017 year, bringing a multifunction steering wheel button array, re-contoured front buckets, larger armrest, and bigger covered console bin.  Much of the basic interior offerings are the same, such as rearview camera, Bluetooth, six-speaker stereo with USB (but no AUX), cruise control, but no automatic headlights.  The nose of the vehicle is a little more boxy appearing, with a flat hood design and smaller grille and headlight design.  You're not going to find a sunroof on the base, or any trim, of the Escape, unfortunately, cutting off that mood lifting open air feeling on sunny days.

Conclusions

Hyundai's Tucson still presents a powerful contender in the 2018 model year, offering superior features, looks, and efficiency you're not going to get within the Escape.  The Escape does offer more power, but limitations arise when your base model only comes with one drivetrain configuration and you really need that AWD power for all-year reliability no matter the weather or road conditions.  Interested in learning more?  You can read our 2018 Tucson review below, along with other Hyundai SUV reviews in the links below.



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