2019 Ford Escape

MSRP $24,105 - $34,120

Ranked #8 in Compact Suv

7.5

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2019 Ford Escape Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 4, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Around the 1990’s, Ford noticed the rapid growth of the crossover SUV market and introduced the Escape in the year 2000. The iconic Ford Escape has been around for four generations and the crossover SUV has still maintained consistency in sales. With its decent power and high fuel efficiency along with all the necessary features, the 2019 Ford Escape is a vehicle that turns out to be an incredibly well-rounded vehicle. 

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Pros

A range of engines to choose from

Smooth steering and exceptional handling

Impressive tech and features for the price

Ample passenger and cargo space

Cons

Build quality is not at par with rivals

A noisy transfer case in 4WD models

Limited Options for Customization

What's New?

Push-Button Start now available on Base Trim. 

New Sport Appearance Package. 

No Mechanical Changes.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24105

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

139 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

168 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

170 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

6 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

105.9 in.

length

178.1 in.

width

72.4 in.

height

66.3 in.

curb weight

3552 lbs.

ground clearance

7.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

68 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.3 sec.

zero to 100 mph

37 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.6 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

184 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/29 mpg

highway range

480.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

S$24,105 onwards

SE$26,500 onwards

SEL$28,445 onwards

Titanium$32,620 onwards

Colors and Styles

2019 Ford Escape in arctic White Metallic color
arctic White Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

7.3

Engine and Performance

8.5

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.7

Exterior

8.1

Safety

8.1

Competition

7.0

Final Verdict

6.8

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


The Ford Escape is a clever compact crossover SUV, which comes loaded with features and comes at a starting MSRP of $24,105. Being one of the best of its kind, some specific rivals like the Honda CR-V, the Toyota RAV4, and the Kia Sportage act as worthy rivals to the 2019 Ford Escape. In this review of the 2019 Ford Escape, we walk you through the pros and cons of the SUV, and help you decide whether it's worth your money or not. 


8.5/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.7/10
Interior

8.1/10
Exterior

8.1/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition

6.8/10
Final Verdict


2019 Ford Escape Features

The American automaker has introduced all of its popular trims to the Escape lineup. Tallying to a total of four trims, the Escape family starts with the base S trim that offers decent features and performs very well for its price. This is followed by the popular SE trim, a bridge that fills the gap between value and advanced tech like none other. The SEL trim is next, which adds good comfort, ambiance, and a few more additional equipment. The top-of-the-line Titanium trim has updated looks, the best interiors, and a few advanced convenience features. Ford offers many optional packages for and above the SE trim while the S trim is its ace for the bargain-basement.

Trims

S

SE

SEL

Titanium

MSRP (FWD)

$24,105

$26,500

$28,445

$32,620

MSRP (4WD)

NA

$28,000

$29,945

$34,120

Key Features

Active front shutter grille

Includes or replaces features from S trim-

Includes or replaces features from S and SE trims-

Includes or replaces features from S, SE, and SEL trims-

 

Power side mirrors, one-touch power operating windows, and door locks

Keyless entry with remote start, and push-button ignition

LED headlights

Windshield wiper de-icer and foot-activated liftgate

 

Intermittent front wipers and tilt-telescopic steering column

Heated and power-operating front seats

Heated side mirrors and power liftgate

Driver’s seat memory feature and ambient lighting

 

SYNC infotainment system with 6-speaker audio system

Optional adaptive cruise control and forward-collision warning with brake support

Dual-zone automatic temperature control

10-speaker Sony sound system and voice-activated navigation

 

Optional power panoramic roof; Ford safe and smart package

SE sport appearance and sport appearance plus package

SYNC 3 infotainment system

Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

     

Class II trailer tow package and roof package

Active park assist and Ford safe and smart titanium plus package

We Recommend

As the 4WD models are slightly clunky, we recommend going for the FWD configuration. While there is not much difference in terms of price between the SE and SEL trims, we would recommend the SE trim, if you’re looking for the best value. The SEL will add just enough features to call it a comfortable, convenient, and updated form of the SE. With those sporty packages, both of them look really cool and in addition to this, going for optional wheels will make the SUV look even cooler.

2019 Ford Escape Engine and Performance

8.5/10

With over four trims offered, Ford has offered with their compact crossover SUV a major choice of engines with all of them being in-line 4-cylinders but with different capacities. Moreover, the American automaker offers the new Escape in FWD as well as AWD. With all of these choices to make, the crossover SUV has a standard 6-speed automatic transmission that delivers power smoothly and instantly.

The base S trim is powered by a standard 2.5L Inline-4 engine that produces an adequate power of 168 HP and 170 lb-ft of torque. The mid-level trims of SE and SEL are offered with a turbocharged 1.5LInline-4 that boosts up the power to 179 HP and a 177 lb-ft of torque is put out and the high-end Titanium is equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged Inline-4 engine with power stepping up to 245 HP and 275 lb-ft of torque.

Models

2019 Ford Escape

2019 Toyota RAV4

2019 Honda CR-V

2019 Kia Sportage

MSRP

$24,105

$25,650

$24,450

$23,750

Engine

2.5L in-line 4

2.5L in-line 4

2.4L in-line 4

2.4L in-line 4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

CVT-automatic

6-speed automatic

Power (HP@RPM)

168@6000

203@6600

184@6400

181@6000

Torque (lb-ft@RPM)

170@4500

184@5000

180@3900

175@4000

0-60 MPH* (seconds)

9.1

8.2

8.9

9.1

Quarter-mile* (seconds)

16.8

16.0

17.0

17.0

Top speed* (MPH)

123

130

126

121

The Escape’s base engine is the least powerful but still has equally good acceleration and slightly better quarter-mile times than the competition. The Kia and the Honda have really tight specifications in terms of power as well as performance, but the CR-V has better top speed. The RAV4 dominates this section with the best power and torque figures as well as overall performance.

How does the 2019 Ford Escape handle?

The compact SUV’s one strong point is its handling as the new Escape’s steering feels more like a sedan. The steering feels light-weighted for an SUV, but is pretty smooth and highly responsive to operate. With a rack-and-pinion steering mechanism, the 2019 Ford Escape steers by a power-assisted actuation system on all of its trims and achieves a turning radius of 38.8 feet.

The 2019 Ford Escape has a 4-wheel independent suspension with a pair of MacPherson struts on the front wheels and an independent rear suspension which are supported by gas-pressurized shock absorbers and stabilizer bars on each axle. This helps the Escape in offering a compliant ride quality. 

Braking Performance

Ford has equipped the 2019 model year Escape with 4-wheel disc brakes along with some smart braking solutions like ABS, EBD, and a few more as standard, regardless of the trim. The front wheels carry brake rotors of 12.8-inch in diameter whereas the rear wheels measure 12.0 inches of it on each of them. The 2019 Ford Escape brakes from 70 to 0 mph in about 184 feet.

Models

2019 Ford Escape*

2019 Toyota RAV4*

2019 Honda CR-V*

2019 Kia Sportage*

Brake rotor size - front (in)

12.8

12.0

11.1

12.0

Brake rotor size - rear (in)

12.0

11.1

10.2

11.9

Curb weight (lbs)

3522

3370

3307

3305

Stopping distance (ft)

184**

161**

129

114

*unofficial data **70-0 MPH

The Escape is the heaviest of all and though it bears the biggest brake rotors, the stopping distance is the farthest. On the other hand, the Sportage weighs almost the same as the other two Japanese SUVs but has big enough brakes to give it an impressive stopping distance whereas the braking efficiency for Toyota and Honda is nearly the same because of similar weight and comparable disc sizes.

2019 Ford Escape Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The 2019 Ford Escape’s base engine has some appreciable MPG figures with it giving 21 miles to a gallon in the city while the number rises to 29 on highways. The turbocharged 1.5L’s are slightly more efficient as it gives 23 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway for the FWD model whereas, for the 4WD, it reduces down to 22 and 28 respectively. The performance-tuned 2.0L’s on the Titanium 4WD provides the least MPG figures with 21 in the city and 27 on the highway. The crossover SUV is equipped with a 15.7-gallon fuel tank giving it long-range and fewer stops at the gas station.

Models (FWD)

2019 Ford Escape

2019 Toyota RAV4

2019 Honda CR-V

2019 Kia Sportage

MPG (city)

21

26

23

26

MPG (highway)

29

35

30

32

MPG (combined)

23

30

25

28

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

15.7

14.5

16.4

14.0

Range in miles (city/ highway/ combined)

329.7/ 455.3/ 361.1

377.0/ 507.5/ 435.0

377.2/ 492.0/ 410.0

364.0/ 448.0/ 392.0

Ford’s Escape has the least MPG figures while its competitors offer significantly more. However, thanks to a bigger fuel tank, the American SUV has an acceptable driving range. The Kia Sportage offers the second-best MPG but has the least fuel capacity, giving a better range. Meanwhile, the RAV4 is the most efficient in terms of fuel economy and so it does not need much fuel, while on the other hand, the CR-V has its MPG numbers slightly higher than that of the Ford, but its fuel tank is the largest and so it competes closely with the Toyota.

2019 Ford Escape Interior

7.7/10

The 2019 Escape has a cabin that might feel outdated because of its overall appearance. Looking at the dashboard, this speculation turns out to be false as it has some truly modern design starting from a curve on top which smoothly slides down and encompasses the steering, infotainment, and AC vents really well. The center console lies at a shortened height but the buttons are placed well in reach for the front occupants. Most of the interiors are made of hard, durable plastics but chrome and piano black inserts can be seen on the doorknobs, handles, and AC knobs as well.

When it comes to the seating situation of the Ford Escape, the crossover has a passenger capacity of five and offers 98.7 cubic feet of passenger volume. All the trims get a 60/40 split-folding reclining bench seat in the rear but the base S trim gets a 6-way driver’s and a 4-way passenger’s manual-adjusting seats in the front row whereas the mid-level trims have a standard 10-way power driver’s seat with heating function. The seating surfaces are wrapped in long-lasting cloth as standard, but the SEL trim gets leatherette-covered seats while the Titanium trim has full-leather seats and these two top trims also have a choice between colors for the interior upholstery.

Models

2019 Ford Escape

2019 Toyota RAV4

2019 Honda CR-V

2019 Kia Sportage

Seating capacity

5

5

5

5

Front row in inches (headroom/ shoulder room/ legroom)

39.9/ 56.0/ 43.1

39.5/ 57.8/ 41.0

40.1/ 57.9/ 41.3

39.3/ 57.1/ 41.5

Rear row in inches (headroom/ shoulder room/ legroom)

39.9/ 55.3/ 37.3

39.5/ 56.4/ 37.8

39.2/ 55.6/ 40.4

39.1/ 55.1/ 38.2

Cargo capacity (ft3) (std/ max)

34.0/ 68.0

37.6/ NA

39.2/ 75.8

30.7/ 60.1

The Honda CR-V might not be as spacious as the Escape in the front but it has plenty of it in the rear, unlike any of its competitors. The Japanese SUV also has better cargo capacity than the rest. The Kia Sportage and Toyota’s RAV4 face a very close competition between its interior dimensions whereas the Escape’s front row is the most roomy, but has the least space in the rear. However, it has got better storage space than the Korean Kia Sportage. Some key Interior features offered with the 2019 Ford Escape include:

  • Leather Steering Wheel. 
  • Dual-Zone Climate Control. 
  • Chrome and Piano Black Inserts. 
  • 60/40 Split Folding Seats. 
  • 10-way Power Seats. 
  • Full Leather Seats (Titanium Trim)
  • Front Cup Holders. 
  • Push-Button Start. 

What’s there to keep you entertained?

Ford offers in-house developed infotainment systems with the 2019 model year Escape’s lineup. The S trim is equipped with the basic SYNC system with a 4.2-inch LCD screen that is operated using all those buttons given on the dash. There is not much in terms of graphics but the screen is mounted a little higher than it should have been. However, the screen has a good resolution and it is just enough to get the job done. 

The SE trim gets a high-resolution 8.0-inch touchscreen display with simple graphics and an easy-to-use overall interface along with shortcut buttons. Moreover, there are plenty of modern connectivity features that are standard on all trims above the SE trim. All trims other than the Titanium get a simple 6-speaker audio system, while the fancier Titanium trim gets a 10-speaker Sony premium audio system with HD Radio and provides rich audio quality for a fun drive. Some key infotainment features offered with the 2019 Ford Escape include:

  • AM/FM Radio
  • Voice recognition
  • Bluetooth audio and hands-free phone
  • USB, AUX, and 12V power cables
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (SE and above)
  • SiriusXM Radio (SE and above) with HD Radio (Titanium)
  • FordPass Connect with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot (SE and above)

2019 Ford Escape Exterior

8.1/10

Looking back in its timeline, the Escape has had one of the best evolutions in terms of exterior designs in the compact crossover segment. The 2019 Ford Escape has a simple exterior aesthetic, but showcases key design elements that were rather unexpected. The front grille is an elongated hexagon that looks fairly elegant, and is blacked out on the base trim. Higher trims get a fancier chrome surround on the grille, which certainly adds a premium touch to it. The front bumper has a simple shape and is fully finished in gloss-black for the S trim whereas the trims above get a chrome insert here as well. 

Moving over to the sides, the SUV is equipped with 17-inch steel wheels as standard on the base trim but for other superior trims, alloy wheels bring a completely fresh look. The crossover’s smooth roofline is fully visible from the side view along with its straight character lines running down the SUV's length. Approaching the crossover’s rear, the compactness of this SUV is clearly seen from this view because everything here is just as minimalistic as it can get. The taillights are also compact but highly visible from far away whereas the trunk lid is pretty big and is manually operating on the base trims but the power liftgate starts from the SEL trim. 

Models

2019 Ford Escape

2019 Toyota RAV4

2019 Honda CR-V

2019 Kia Sportage

Length (in)

178.1

180.9

180.6

176.4

Width (in)

72.4

73.0

73.0

73.0

Height (in)

66.3

67.0

66.1

64.4

Ground clearance (in)

7.9

8.4

7.8

6.4

Wheelbase (in)

105.9

105.9

104.7

105.1

The 2019 Kia Sportage is the shortest and lowest in the crossover segment but it is also equally wider, just like the Japanese counterparts. On the other hand, the Escape has the least width with the second-most compact length and height which is preferred for city driving. Besides, it has the longest wheelbase while it rides higher than the Honda CR-V and the Kia Sportage. The RAV4 is the longest, tallest, and has the best ground clearance, making it more suitable for off-road or highway adventures. Honda’s CR-V seems to take a similar approach and so the dimensions are closely similar to that of the Toyota.

2019 Ford Escape Safety

8.1/10

The 2019 model year Ford Escape is made out of a simple but strong unibody chassis along with plenty of passive safety features like dual-stage front airbags with Safety Canopy, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, traction control, and many such systems as standard while forward collision warning with emergency braking is optional on the S-trim. The NHTSA has rated the 2019 Ford Escape with an impressive 5-star rating, while the IIHS has acknowledged the Escape’s safety merit with a “Good” score. Some key safety features offered with the 2019 Ford Escape include:

  • Blindspot monitoring.
  • Roll-Stability Control. 
  • Cross-traffic alert.
  • Lane-keeping system.
  • Adaptive cruise control.
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Traction Control and ABS. 
  • Seatbelt Pretrnsioners. 
  • Dual-Stage Airbags. 
  • LATCH Anchors.

2019 Ford Escape Competition

7.0/10

2019 Ford Escape vs. 2019 Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 has been dominating the segment recently, mostly because of its standard engine throughout the lineup offering great power and performance along with reliability. Moreover, it is also the most efficient engine for a compact crossover. Compared to a Ford Escape, the base trim might not interest as much as a Titanium which would definitely outperform the Japanese SUV.

In terms of interiors, both have long-lasting materials and high-tech equipment that is easy to use making it a comfortable place to be in. Talking about the overall design, Ford tries to impress with sharp cuts, defined lines, and a little functional equipment, both on the inside and outside whereas the RAV4 has the same interior room but with a boxy design, making it bulkier and not actually compact.

2019 Ford Escape vs. 2019 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is another Japanese SUV that outperforms the base trim but will be dominated by the higher trim in the Escape lineup. The Honda CR-V has a better fuel economy but it lacks the exterior features that are provided in the American SUV. Unlike the Toyota, Honda’s CR-V has a few curves that could go against the Ford Escape but has a very ugly rear and is bulkier as well.

The interiors in the Honda are a little more convenient and have better build quality which makes it look prettier than the monotonous Ford, however, the layout seems to be designed in haste, unlike the Escape. The CR-V offers a balanced room for its passengers as well as for cargo and both of these SUVs are available with plenty of safety features.

2019 Ford Escape vs. 2019 Kia Sportage

The 2019 Kia Sportage has an equally cool and joyous design, making it Korea’s Ford Escape. However, it does not get as functional on the outside as the Escape while the visibility is not as much as that of the American crossover. In addition to this, the Sportage and Escape have equal performance, though the Kia offers more power and is lighter than the Ford.

Moving on to the cabin, both have an equally good and slightly matching cabin style. While the Ford offers a strong, curvy cabin design, the Kia gets a simple and more accessible cabin. The build quality is more or less the same in both of these SUVs but Ford offers a little more room for the front passengers and cargo area. Moreover, Ford also has taken good care and provides optional safety systems, unlike the Korean manufacturer.

2019 Ford Escape Final Verdict

6.8/10

The 2019 Ford Escape is a great family SUV that could suit the city roads for daily drives or could be a worthy companion to have in the suburbs to spend the weekend with nature. It certainly doesn’t come with the best of power, or incredible performance, but it offers an optimized price tag with a quality that can be relied upon. 

Moreover, there are plenty of standard as well as optional features that make the compact SUV equipped with the latest tech and more features for a very affordable price. There’s a good deal of safety features on offer too, which rounds up the 2019 Ford Escape fairly well. If you’re looking for a smart, enthusiastic family SUV, the 2019 Ford Escape makes for a compelling choice. 

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