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2019 Ford Escape Review

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The Ford Escape is a compact SUV crossover with a relatively large cargo area and 24 MPG —  it could be perfect for a daily suburban driver who takes the occasional weekend escape. However, you would have to pony up more money for common safety features that are now included in the price of its highly-rated competitors. For more on the Escape and its rivals, keep escape

2019 Ford Escape pricing

The least expensive Ford Escape has a manufacturer’s recommended price (MSRP) of $24,105. The top trim level, a decked-out Escape, is $8,515 more.

S SE SEL Titanium
Base MSRP $24,105 $26,500 $28,445 $32,620


The MSRP is not necessarily the price you should pay for the vehicle, depending on where and when you look for a car. Shop around to check prices and check out an industry guide — Kelley Blue Book or NADAguides, for example — to find a fair market price for your area.
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2019 Ford Escape safety

The Escape earned a five-star crash test safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for both its front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive versions. However, the NHTSA gave it only four stars in rollover tests and noted three complaints, mostly regarding the Escape’s electrical system. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Escape its worst possible rating for crash tests affecting the front passenger-side, but it garnered “good” or “acceptable” marks in other areas.

Safety technology available on the Escape SE, SEL and Titanium for an extra charge includes:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward Collision Warning with Brake Support. With cruise control on, the car can adjust its speed to match and follow a car in front of it as well as alert the driver of a possible crash and apply the brakes if the driver does not.
  • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross-Traffic Alert. The car can warn the driver visually and audibly of other vehicles in its blindspots.
  • Lane-Keeping System. Available as part of the Ford Safe and Smart package, the car can alert the driver of lane drifting and make steering adjustments to help it stay in the lane.

The only safety option that is included in the price of any trim is the Enhanced Active Park Assist, which comes with the highest trim, Titanium:

  • Enhanced Active Park Assist. The car can help the driver steer in and out of parking spots in tight situations, including parallel parking.

2019 Ford Escape trim comparison

There are four trims of the Ford Escape, from the S up to the Titanium. The trims build upon each other, so the SE trim will have or improve upon everything the S trim has, plus new features. Here, we go over the features that are included in the MSRP of each trim for no extra cost.

S SE SEL Titanium
Base MSRP $24,105 $26,500 $28,445 $32,620
Standard Technology Cruise Control, Automatic Headlights, 4.2″ Screen, Bluetooth, Voice Recognition Turbo Engine, Heated Front Seats, Power Driver’s Seat, Wi-Fi Capability, 8″ Touch Screen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Power Tailgate, Leather Interior, Roof Rack, Power-Adjustable Heated Side Mirrors, Rear Parking Sensors Navigation, Enhanced Active Park Assist, Premium Audio, 19″ Wheels,  Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror


What about four-wheel drive? It is available on the SE, SEL and Titanium trim levels for an extra cost. It is not included in the base price of any of the trims. Adding 4WD tacks on $1,500 to the base price:

Trim SE SEL Titanium
Base MSRP $28,000 $29,945 $34,120

2019 Ford Escape competitor comparison

If you’re not sold on the Ford Escape, here are some of its competitors. They are all compact SUV crossovers around the same price point.

Ford Escape Chevrolet Equinox Honda CR-V Mazda CX-5 Toyota RAV4
Base MSRP $24,105 $23,800 $24,350 $24,350 $25,500
Expert Scores 3.8 4.1 4.4 4.4 N/A
Standard Technology Automatic Headlights, 4.2″ Screen, Bluetooth, Rearview Camera Teen Driver System, 7″ Touch Screen, Keyless Entry/Ignition, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Bluetooth, 5″ Screen, Rearview Camera Blindspot Monitoring, 7″ Touch Screen, Keyless Entry/Ignition Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, Apple CarPlay, Automatic High Beams
Fuel Economy 24 MPG 28 MPG 28 MPG 28 MPG 30 MPG

*Chart data is for base 2019 models. Expert score averages Kelley Blue Book (KBB) and Edmunds expert ratings, when available. Standard technology refers to features included in the lowest trim level for each model at no extra cost (not an exhaustive list). Fuel economy is combined city / highway mileage as defined by the EPA.

The bottom line on the 2019 Ford Escape

You might like the Ford Escape if you’re looking for an American-brand urban SUV. However, other brands tend to do better on gas mileage and standard safety features. You could look at our best crossover SUV list if you’re undecided and want more information on highly-rated competitors.

MSRPs in the article are accurate as of the date of publishing.


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