Despite the overcrowded condition of the class, the Ford Escape remains one of the most consistently praised compact SUVs on the automotive market. With a few updates for 2019, the Escape remains competitive on every front, from features and comfort to performance.
Exterior and interior design
Every surface in the 2019 Ford Escape has a premium look and feel that would make most of its rivals envious. The ergonomics are top-notch as well, with supportive contoured bucket seats, an intuitive multifunction steering wheel and the latest SYNC® infotainment system. Storage area is a solid 34 cubic feet, expanding to 68 cubic feet with the 60/40 rear seats folded down.
The SUV’s exterior design features sleek LED headlights, large air intakes and stylish hexagonal grille, all contributing to an attractive, if slightly edgy look.
The 2019 Ford Escape offers tree engine options, all of which are tied to specific trim levels. The Escape S comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder rated at 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. The SE and SEL models use a 1.5-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder rated at 179 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. Finally, the Titanium trim houses a 2.0-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder rated at 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. Because EcoBoost® engines are turbocharged, they are also quite efficient even while producing excellent power. All models come with standard front-wheel drive, with optional all-wheel drive offered on all but the S. All engines use a six-speed automatic regardless of configuration.
Features and technology
Every 2019 Ford Escape comes with an impressive number of standard and optional features. For 2019, keyless entry, push-button start and the SYNC® 3 infotainment system are now all standard starting on the SE trim, along with dual-zone climate control, a 10-way power driver’s seat and heated front seats. Even the base model gets a rearview camera, automatic headlights and the basic SYNC® system with Bluetooth® connectivity and voice recognition. Meanwhile, the top-of-the-line Titanium trim gets a 10-speaker Sony® premium audio system, full-leather interior and heated steering wheel. A comprehensive suite of active safety technologies that includes adaptive cruise control and parking assistance is offered at all trim levels, excluding the S.
Ford has clearly struck upon a winning formula with the Escape, and it continues to refine that formula year after year. For 2019, the popular compact SUV remains the one to beat.
This article is presented by McRee Ford in Dickinson, Texas.