2019 Ford Escape vs. Its Competition

2019 Ford Escape
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Crossover SUVs have replaced sedans in many family garages, and the Escape competes for one of those parking spaces along with a truly impressive group of compact vehicles.

The class leader, the Honda CR-V, has a unique fold-away second-row seat that's best in the class.

As a direct rival, the Mazda CX-5 is probably the best-driving model in this class, so cross-shop that if you're fond of the Escape's sporty side.

The Nissan Rogue is fairly refined and well equipped, though its CVT and 4-cylinder make for dull acceleration.

The Escape also competes with the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage, smaller crossovers with very good gas mileage and in the Kia's case, fun turbo power.

The Toyota RAV4 is new this year, and throws back to an era of bluff-edged SUVs.

The Hyundai Santa Fe also gets a redo for the 2019 model year.

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Quick Specs
The 2019 Ford Escape works well as a crossover SUV, but has the ride and handling of a smartly tuned hatchback.
The 2019 Honda CR-V rewards owners with fantastic utility and great safety scores.
The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is a convincing crossover SUV with room for families and cargo.
The handsome, capable 2019 Kia Sportage does many things well; gas mileage isn’t one of them.
The 2019 Nissan Rogue capitalizes on space and value among small family crossovers.
With a dollop of refinement, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 would be a solid home run.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
S FWDLX 2WDSE 2.4L Automatic AWDLX FWDFWD S *Limited Production* *Ltd Avail*LE FWD (Natl)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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