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Escape
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Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - November 27, 2018

2019 Ford Escape OVERVIEW

Ford's recent decision to stop selling cars in the US is hinged on the success of crossovers like the Escape. With its compact size, high seating position, and good fuel economy, the Escape isn't only a good competitor in the world of crossovers, but against other small vehicles as well. Even with an all-new variant on the horizon, the 2019 Ford Escape continues to offer what consumers want in a stylish package.

What's New for 2019

Various changes accompany the Escape into the 2019 model year. The SE trim now comes with Sync 3 and FordPass Connect, which was known as Sync Connect last year, as part of its standard features. Moving up to the SEL now brings unique seats to the crossover. Three new colors – Agate Black, Baltic Seat Green, and Sedona Orange – also join the Escape.

Choosing Your Ford Escape

The Escape can be fitted with one of three four-cylinder engines. The base motor is a 2.5-liter inline-four that generates 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. While that engine comes in the entry-level Escapes, the majority of crossovers will be equipped with the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that's good for 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. At the top of the range, sits Ford's 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. This motor is rated to produce 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard for every Escape model. Power is routed through the front wheels out of the gate, while models with one of the EcoBoost engines can be fitted with all-wheel drive for $1,500 extra.

Drivers looking for the most fuel-efficient option should go with the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and front-wheel drive. With that combination, you're looking at an EPA-estimated 23 miles per gallon city, 30 mpg highway, and 26 combined. At the end of the spectrum, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine with all-wheel drive is rated to get up to 21/27/23 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Cargo capacity for the Escape is good for the segment. With a full load of passengers, the Escape has 34 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold the rear seats and cargo space expands to 68 cubic feet.

There are four Escape trims to choose from:

S

Starting at $25,100 (all prices include the $995 destination fee), the S trim is the most affordable way to get into an Escape. Standard exterior features include LED taillights, a rear-window defroster, manual fold-away side mirrors, 17-inch steel wheels, daytime running lights, halogen headlights, and remote keyless entry. Interior features include Ford's Sync infotainment system, a 4.2-inch LCD screen, a USB port, a six-way manual driver's seat, a six-speaker audio system, power windows and door locks, four 12-volt outlets, and a manual tilt-and-telescopic steering column. Adding a remote start system to the car costs $495, while 17-inch aluminum wheels are an extra $595.

SE

The SE trim is the first Escape in the lineup to come with the 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine and starts at $27,495. Standard equipment on the trim includes Sync 3, an eight-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 10-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, dual bright exhaust tips, fog lights, body-color side-view mirrors, black roof rails and silver skid plates.

The SE Sport Appearance Package ($1,295) brings 19-inch wheels, black exterior trim pieces, LED signature lighting, a leather-wrapped shift knob, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and black skid plates. The Ford Safe and Smart Package ($995) adds the latest safety features, including adaptive cruise control, automatic high beam, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

SEL

Pricing for the SEL trim starts at $29,440. Standard features over the SE trim include rear parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, halogen headlights with LED signature bi-xenon lights, a power liftgate, and heated side-view mirrors.

The SEL Sport Appearance Package ($1,295) and Ford Safe and Smart Package ($995) add the same features as on the SE, while the Sun and Style Package ($1,195) adds a panoramic sunroof and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

Titanium

The range-topping Titanium trim costs $33,615 and comes with lots of luxury features as standard. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine is standard, as is front-wheel drive. Standard features over lower trims include enhanced active park assist, forward and side sensors, a memory function for the driver's seat, a 10-speaker audio system, ambient interior lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a remote start system, a universal garage door opener, bi-xenon HID headlights, a hands-free foot-activated liftgate, as well as keyless entry with push-button start.

The 2.0L EcoBoost Class II Trailer Tow Package ($495) raises maximum towing capacity to 3,500 pounds and adds trailer sway control and an auxiliary transmission oil cooler. The Ford Safe and Smart Titanium Plus Package ($1,895) includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, a panoramic roof, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

CarsDirect Tip

With Sync 3 now standard on the 2019 Ford Escape SE, it's the one we'd recommend. The base S trim isn't very well equipped, but the SE fixes that, and it also comes with the efficient 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine. Adding the Ford Safe and Smart Package is a no-brainer, as it brings the latest safety features in one convenient package.

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