The Ford Escape is wildly popular, selling more each year than the year before for nearly a decade. The Escape obviously hits the mark with buyers, who keep coming back to this compact crossover that drives more like a car. In 2019, you'll get more for your money. Last year, Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system was optional for the mid-level SE trim. This year, it's standard equipment, so there's no need to pay extra for its smartphone integration upgrades and crisp, responsive 8-inch touchscreen. Read on to see why the Escape continues to be one of the most popular crossovers on the market today--and what you can expect from your Escape driving experience.
What are the 2019 Ford Escape trim levels?
Compact yet comfortable, quick yet fuel-efficient, the 2019 Ford Escape is just about everything a commuter could want. Choose from four nicely equipped trims - the base S, mid-range SE, upscale SEL, and high-end Titanium - for the daily driving experience that speaks to your budget. Here are some of the highlights of each trim level:
S: The base Escape is sufficiently modern, giving you a height-adjustable driver seat and tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel to find that just-right driving spot. The rear seats recline so your kids can enjoy a relaxing trip through the school drop-off line. Tech features, like Bluetooth and a USB port, give you the power to stream smartphone audio over the six-speaker sound system.
SE: The mid-level Escape offers serious upgrades, including complete smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Sync Connect system includes a Wi-Fi hotspot, so your kids can stay busy for hours on end. The SE's roof rails will appeal to kayaking and surfing types.
SEL: This trim level offers a lot of luxury at a great rate. With premium cloth upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, the SEL is never short on comfort. The power liftgate is a nice touch, helping you load and unload cargo with modern ease. Rear parking sensors assist as you ease the Escape into a parallel parking space.
Titanium: The Escape Titanium is flush with luxury. Conveniences - including remote start and an auto-dimming rearview mirror - are designed to make the best use of your time and energy. The Titanium's 110-volt household-style power outlet keeps your laptop ready for action, no matter how long you've been on the road. The automated parallel and perpendicular parking systems do most of the work for you.
How Does the Escape Perform?
As you may have guessed, the Escape's EPA ratings vary according to what's under the hood. This sporty compact crossover earns top EPA ratings with the 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine and front-wheel drive, achieving 23 city/30 highway mpg.
Tow ratings vary from model to model. If your Escape SE or SEL features the 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine, you can add a tow package to tow max loads of 2,000 pounds. That's certainly enough utility to haul a small watercraft or a few dirt bikes around town. Add the Titanium's exclusive towing package to pull up to 3,500 pounds. If you have a pair of Jet Skis or a small boat that needs hauling, the top-tier Escape is an excellent option.