Although not as large as its main competitors, the 2019 Ford Escape remains a desirable compact crossover SUVs packaged with performance, style and features. The Escape is the only small crossover SUV that can make that can give the Mazda CX-5 a run for its money, and its 245-horsepower turbocharged engine remains a rarity in this segment. The Escape is not particularly spacious in the backseat or cargo space, but it can accommodate four adults comfortably, and its optional high-tech and safety features will appeal to customers as well as its 3,500-pound tow rating.
The 2019 Ford Escape compact crossover is available in four trims: S, SE, SEL and Titanium. The base Escape S is a pretty basic with automatic headlights, cruise control, rearview camera, and 6-way-adjustable driver’s seat. The basic infotainment system includes a 4.2-inch screen with basic Sync system, voice recognition, Bluetooth connectivity, USB input, and a 6-speaker AM/FM stereo. Its recommend at least moving up to the SE model, which adds a turbo engine, 10-way-power driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, Sync 3 with FordPass Connect featuring built-in Wi-Fi and the ability to lock, unlock and start the car from a smartphone.
The 2019 Ford Escape can be equipped with one of three 4-cylinder engines. The base S trim is powered by a 2.5-liter inline-4 that generates 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque and front-wheel drive only. The SE and SEL trim use a 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbocharged engine good for 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. It comes standard with FWD, but all-wheel drive is available as an option. At the top, the Titanium model uses a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine producing 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. It too is FWD or AWD, and the latter more recommended to prevent torque steer. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard for every Escape model.
In testing, the 2019 Ford Escape SE AWD did 0 to 60 mph in 9.6 seconds, which is almost a second slower than a notable rival. The Titanium did a 0-60 mph run in quick 7 seconds. Both EcoBoost engines use a start/stop system that shuts off the engine at idle in order to save fuel.
2.5-liter 4-cylinder with 6-speed automatic
168 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
170 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 21/29 mpg (FWD)
1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 6-speed automatic
179 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
177 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 23/30 mpg (FWD) and 22/28 mpg (AWD)
2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 6-speed automatic
245 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
275 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 21/28 mpg (FWD) and 20/27 mpg (AWD)
The 2019 Ford Escape is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The base S model has Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $25,100 (all prices include the $995 destination fee). The more recommendable Escape SE starts at $27,495, while the SEL trim begins at $29,440. The range-topping Titanium trim costs $33,615 and comes with lots of luxury features as standard. With this starting price, the Escape rivals the Chevy Equinox, Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V.