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2019 Ford Escape SUV Overview

The standard features of the Ford Escape S include Duratec 2.5L I-4 168hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, Safety Canopy System curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 17" steel wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, AdvanceTrac w/Roll Stability Control electronic stability.

2019 Ford
Escape SUV

Starting at: $24,105

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  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Emergency communication system - 911 Assist
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Ground clearance (min) - 201mm (7.9")
  • AM/FM radio
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 4.2"
  • Smart device integration - AppLink
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seats Folding position - fold forward seatback
  • Engine displacement - 2.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 168hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Engine torque - 170 lb.-ft. @ 4,500RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 89.0mm x 100.0mm (3.50" x 3.94")
  • Compression ratio - 9.70 to 1
  • Curb weight - 1,598kg (3,522lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 680kg (1,500lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,524mm (178.1")
  • Exterior body width - 1,839mm (72.4")
  • Exterior height - 1,684mm (66.3")
  • Wheelbase - 2,690mm (105.9")
  • Turning radius - 5.9m (19.4')
  • Front legroom - 1,095mm (43.1")
  • Rear legroom - 947mm (37.3")
  • Front headroom - 1,013mm (39.9")
  • Rear headroom - 991mm (39.0")
  • Front hiproom - 1,420mm (55.9")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,402mm (55.2")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,422mm (56.0")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,405mm (55.3")
  • Passenger volume - 2,795L (98.7 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 963 L (34 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 1,926 L (68 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 2.5
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 168hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Torque - 170 lb.-ft. @ 4,500RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Manual-shift auto - SelectShift
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Limited slip differential - brake actuated - Torque Vectoring Control
  • Fuel economy combined - 24mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 15.7gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 21mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 29mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Adjustable head restraints - driver and passenger w/tilt
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Front tires - 235/55HR17.0
  • Rear tires - 235/55HR17.0
  • Wheel size - 17"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
S 2019 Ford Escape SUV S Search New $24,105   168-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  21 / 29  
SE 2019 Ford Escape SUV SE Search New $26,500   179-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  23 / 30  
SE 2019 Ford Escape SUV SE Search New $28,000   179-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 28  
SEL 2019 Ford Escape SUV SEL Search New $28,445   179-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  23 / 30  
SEL 2019 Ford Escape SUV SEL Search New $29,945   179-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 28  
Titanium 2019 Ford Escape SUV Titanium Search New $32,620   245-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 29  
Titanium 2019 Ford Escape SUV Titanium Search New $34,120   245-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  21 / 27  


Driving Impression

New Car Test Drive

Even if cost is a deciding factor, the S model should be skipped because of its engine. We’re not saying it’s bad, this 2.5-liter inline-4 making 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque, in fact it’s quite smooth; it’s just slower than the turbo, gets 2 miles per gallon less, and isn’t that much cheaper.

The 1.5-liter turbo-4 offered in the other Escape models is more responsive. With 179 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, it pulls more strongly at low revs. It uses the same 6-speed automatic as the base engine, but it has paddle shifters, and the transmission doesn’t have to shift so much to stay in the powerband. It’s a bit louder, but that adds to the spirit and character.

The most powerful engine is a 2.0-liter turbo-4. With 245 horsepower and great low-end thrust, it can accelerate from zero to sixty in 7.1 seconds. Beyond 60 mph, there’s a lot of power to pass. It too has paddle shifters with its 6-speed automatic.

The available all-wheel drive is a simple system that shifts power from front to back, but not side to side.

A tow package adds trailer-sway control, which uses the stability control to compensate for the rocking motion induced by a trailer, and better headlights.

The ride is good, as firm as a sports sedan, although the Escape can feel jittery on bumpy roads, especially with the Titanium’s 19-inch wheels and tires that crash over speed bumps and potholes.

But it’s the handling that is notable. It corners better than any crossover at that price can be expected to–in fact, others feel sluggish compared to the Escape. The Escape feels secure, and even tossable. It responds quickly to the solid steering, while the stability control system applies the brakes to the inside front wheel in tight corners, to simulate torque-vectoring. That’s where the security comes from.

Walk Around

New Car Test Drive

The pert shape of the Escape has endured over seven years (a couple years ago it got a new front end), but it can’t be said any more that it doesn’t look like a crossover. It remains taut and somewhat sleek, with a fast roofline and low ride height. It rides down the middle of the road between a darty liftback and rugged SUV.

Interior Overview

New Car Test Drive

The dashboard has an undulating and rakish shape that cuts somewhat into passenger space. With the optional panoramic sunroof, the cockpit feels snug for taller drivers.

The front seats are slim but supportive and firm. We like that support on long drives, but not everyone will like the stiff cushions.

The rear seats fold to expand the Escape’s cargo space from 34 to 68 cubic feet, although not as easily as a Honda crossover with its trick one-flip lever. However the Escape has an adjustable two-position cargo floor and a hands-free tailgate that opens with a swipe of a free foot.


New Car Test Drive

Even as the last Ford Escape of this generation, after seven years, this crossover offers good value. It handles like a sporty hatchback, while proving more cargo space and ground clearance. Go for that SE model, with the turbo-4 engine, paddle shifters for the 6-speed automatic, and a good package of necessary features.

Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

The Escape comes in S, SE, SEL, and Titanium models.

At $24,105, the Escape S comes with the base engine, cloth seats, power features, air conditioning, 17-inch wheels, cruise control, a six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system, and Sync infotainment with a tiny 4.2-inch center screen that isn’t a touchscreen. All-wheel drive isn’t available on the S.

The SE at $26,500 is the best value and best seller, despite the fact that the 1.5-liter turbo-4 engine raises the price. For that $2,400 difference you also get a power driver seat, satellite radio, keypad entry, keyless ignition, Sync 3 infotainment with an 8.0-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated front seats. All-wheel drive is available for another $1,500, same as the next two models.

The SEL at $28,445 gets a power tailgate that raises with a swish of your foot, leather seats, and rear parking sensors. Forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking are a $1,295 option on these and on the Titanium trim level; some rivals offer this safety tech standard.

Titanium at $32,620 adds a 12-speaker 390-watt Sony audio system, navigation, power passenger seat, HD radio, blind-spot monitors, ambient lighting, and 18-inch wheels. Options include all-wheel drive, automatic emergency braking, panoramic roof, a tow package, and even automatic park assist. A fully-loaded Titanium hits $40,000.

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