2019 Ford Escape vs 2018 Ford Escape
2019 Ford Escape 2018 Ford Escape


2.5L I-4 2.5L I-4


168 168

  MPG (City/Highway)

21/29 * 21/29 *

2019 Ford Escape vs 2018 Ford Escape

Serving Fort Mill, SC

Belonging to the upper tier of compact crossover SUVs, the Ford Escape has solidified its reputation for its nimble handling and lively engine options. This is especially true of its third production cycle, which includes the 2018 and 2019 model years. Apart from a few enhancements, the 2018 Escape and 2019 Escape are virtually the same, with the four trims being the S, SE, SEL, and Titanium.


If you go with the base-level S trim on either the 2018 or 2019 Escape, you will get the 2.5-liter Duratec® inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine, which generates 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. On the SE and SEL, there’s a smaller but more powerful 1.5-liter EcoBoost® I4 instead; this engine produces 179 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. Unique to the top-level Titanium is the 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost® I4, which yields 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. Auto start-stop technology goes with the 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter engines; all three engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, and if you go with a trim other than the S, the engine and all trims but the S get auto start-stop technology for eliminating engine idling. For achieving the Escape’s peak economy numbers of 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, stick with the standard front-wheel drivetrain on the SE and SEL, which have the smallest engine (1.5-liter). There’s the option of going with an all-wheel drivetrain to maximize traction. Notably, the Escape can be equipped to tow up to 3,500 pounds, which is one of the highest towing capacities in its class.


The 2018 and 2019 Ford Escape looks sporty with its rear spoiler, bodyside cladding, and wheel lip molding. Also standard are halogen exterior lighting, a rear intermittent wiper and washer, and 17-inch steel wheels. Upgrading in trim increases your chance of getting improvements such as a power liftgate, fog lights, LED signature lighting, power adjustment and heating ability on the side mirrors, skid plates, and 17-to-19-inch aluminum wheels.


With seating for five, the Ford Escape counts six-speaker audio, an AM/FM radio tuner, a single-disc CD player with MP3 playback ability, and SYNC® infotainment integration among its standard comfort and convenience features. However, on the 2019 model, SYNC 3 infotainment (the next-generational SYNC version) is standard on the non-S trims; on the 2018 model; it’s optional on the SE. Also, for 2019, standard remote keyless entry and push-button ignition are expanded to the SE, and SEL trims, rather than them being unique to the Titanium. Safety and security on the Ford Escape are provided by features such as a rearview camera, AdvanceTrac® with roll stability control for electronic vehicle stability, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, curve control, brake assist, traction control, an SOS post-crash alert system, and the SecuriLock® theft-deterrent system.

For more info on the 2018 and 2019 model years of the Ford Escape, call us today at our dealership in Fort Mill, South Carolina, to set up an appointment with one of our Ford experts.

* EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.