2019 Ford Escape
The current generation of Ford Escape has been around since 2013. But the Escape isn't slowing down now. Every year this compact crossover sport utility vehicle sells more than the last. What can we expect from Ford next year? In this preview guide, we'll give you a glimpse of Escapes to come while we talk about what's made this compact crossover great all along.
What's New for 2019?
The intuitive, responsive SYNC 3 infotainment and other features are trickling down the trims. The SE trim now features SYNC 3 as a standard feature, instead of the optional feature this infotainment system was in the 2018 Escape SE and earlier. Also, keyless entry and push-button start are now standard on both the SE and SEL trims, where they were both only options in previous years.
Power in Spades
The Ford Escape has good engines from the get-go, with a 168-horsepower 2.5-liter inline-4 engine on the base model or a 179-horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 on the SE and SEL trims. But the engine we want to praise is the powerful 245-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine, exclusive to the Titanium trim level. This engine boasts comparable fuel economy (21 city miles and 28 highway miles per gallon) even while providing adrenaline-laced acceleration when you step on the gas. This nimble engine isn't just for acceleration. No, this engine can also tow up to 3,500 pounds, when properly equipped, and comes in front- or all-wheel drive.
A Mountain of Technology
We admit that the base trim has only the bare necessities in terms of technology: cruise control, rearview camera, 6-way-adjustable driver's seat and automatic headlights. But step up a trim level or two and you'll find a wealth of tech at your fingertips. In lieu of the standard Sync system, upgrade to Ford's SYNC 3. This touch screen infotainment system is lightning fast and easy to grasp, metaphorically and physically, with real buttons and knobs.
The SEL trim also makes available goodies like dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable driver's seat, satellite radio, heated front seats, blind spot monitoring, and navigation, power liftgate, drivers assistance features, keyless entry, push-button start, and more. Jump all the way to the Titanium trim and see your options expand to include 10-speaker Sony audio system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control with pre-collision braking.
A Colossus of Cargo Room
If back row is in use, there's 34 cubic feet of cargo space, well above average for a compact crossover. Fold that back seat down and see your cargo room expand to almost 70 cubic feet. Now you can help your friends move furniture! Just for reference, that's better than nearly all other compact SUVs, including the Jeep Cherokee (55 cubic feet), Kia Sportage (60 cubic feet) and Mazda CX-5 (65 cubic feet). It's so nice to step behind the wheel of something that drives like a car, but hauls like a much bigger SUV.