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:
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.