Clash of the Crossovers: 2018 Ford Escape vs. GMC Terrain

The crossover SUV market is heating up as low gas prices and advances in technology are renewing America’s love affair with these practical and fun to drive automobiles. The 2018 Ford Escape and 2018 GMC Terrain are close competitors for the hearts of the car-buying public, but the Escape’s smooth-handling driving experience and great safety record are sure to win the approval of consumers.


2018 Ford Escape Adventurous

One of the great things about the Escape, now available at Indiana Ford dealers, is that it’s a remarkably fun vehicle to drive. The 2018 Escape’s base engine provides plenty of acceleration, and consumers can also opt for two turbo-charged engines. The base engine produces 168 horsepower, while the two other options put out 179 horsepower and 245 horsepower. Automotive journalists have given the Escape positive reviews for its tight steering and smooth suspension.

Some variants of the Terrain offer more horsepower than the Escape, but reviewers have said that the Terrain often feels sluggish by comparison to the Escape. While the Terrain offers a smooth ride, it’s not as agile as the Escape.


The Escape offers a well-designed interior with lots of neat standard features that give consumers value for their money. Seats are wide and provide ample support, and the back seats of the vehicle provide helpful LATCH connectors that parents will appreciate. High-quality materials are well-used throughout the cabin of the new Escape.

The Escape also offers some generous standard features, including the voice-activated SYNC infotainment interface, six-speaker stereo, and the MyKey system, which allows parents to set parameters for teen driving.

The Terrain also offers a comfortable interior, but its standard features are less generous than the Escape’s. To get the best from a Terrain, you’ll have to shell out more money for trim upgrades and optional features.


The Escape has one of the best safety records in its class, and the 2018 Ford Escape is no exception. The new Escape gets a perfect five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Escape comes standard with a rearview camera, and buyers can also opt for features such as blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alert, driver drowsiness monitoring, lane keeping assistance, automatic high beams, and more.


2018 Ford Escape vs GMC Terrain

The Ford Escape is less expensive than the GMC Terrain. The Escape starts at about $23,750, and its top-tier Titanium trim will set you back about $30,000. The Terrain starts at $24,995, one of the highest starting prices for a crossover. The Terrain’s top-level Denali trim costs more than $37,000. Budget-conscious consumers will like the Escape’s competitive price and all of the amenities that they get for their car-buying dollar.

Consumers interested in the 2018 Ford Escape can find a variety of models and trim levels of the new SUV at Community Ford, an Indianapolis Ford dealer. Community Ford has a long history of providing great deals on new and pre-owned Ford cars, trucks, and SUVs. Visit today and talk with the dealership’s friendly staff to find the vehicle and financing that best suits your needs.