Ford Edge Vs. Ford Escape

By Justin Cupler | June 10th, 2019

Ford is moving toward a fully electrified lineup chock full with SUVs and crossovers, and it already has a great base with the popular 2019 Edge and Escape crossovers. While both crossovers can fit many buyers’ needs, each has its own specialty. Which is better for our Jacksonville area buyers? Continue reading to find out.

Exterior

Being from the same brand, it shouldn’t be a shocker the 2019 Ford Edge and the 2019 Ford Escape have similar looks. They are far from carbon copies, though, as the 2019 Ford Edge features a more upright look in its SE through Titanium trims. In its ST trim, the Edge takes on a sporty look with unique front and rear fascias and the signature ST grille.

 

The 2019 Ford Escape takes on a more traditional look that, while sharp, shows its age. Some buyers will prefer this older body style, as it is simple and draws little attention. Buyers looking for something fresher will appreciate the upcoming 2020 Ford Escape, which will feature more rounded body panels and a modern look.

The Ford Edge is significantly larger than the Escape. We expect a slight size difference due to their different classes, but the Edge’s nearly 11-inch-longer body can make parking and zipping through tight traffic tough. The Escape is the best option for buyers who do a lot of parking in tight spaces and flowing in and out of city traffic.

Measurement 2019 Ford Edge 2019 Ford Escape Difference
Length 188.8 inches 178.1 inches +10.7 inches
Width 75.9 inches 72.4 inches +3.5 inches
Height 68.3 inches 66.3 inches +2 inches
Wheelbase 112.2 inches 105.9 inches +6.3 inches
Ground Clearance 8 to 8.2 inches 7.8 inches +0.2 to +0.4 inches
Curb weight 3,959 to 4,477 pounds 3,542 to 3,755 pounds +417 to +722 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Ford Edge

  • More upscale-looking body
  • Sharp ST trim

Advantage: 2019 Ford Escape

  • Smaller footprint makes traffic a breeze
  • Simple looks cater to certain buyers

Interior

Inside, the 2019 Ford Edge has a basic look with limited buttons and knobs to distract the eyes. Some may view this design as a little too simple and dated, but buyers who prefer fewer distractions will appreciate this simple design. For shoppers looking for something unique, there is the Edge ST, which features loads of colorful accents and a bespoke-looking interior.

In the Ford Escape, buyers will find a busier cabin with more buttons and knobs, but it is still far from a distracting cabin.

Both crossovers feature roomy cabins for their classes, but as the larger of the two vehicles, the Edge’s interior is understandably larger. With an extra 3.3 inches of rear legroom and 5.3 extra inches of shoulder room, the Edge is great for families with older kids or adults who haul around other adults often.

 

Measurement 2019 Ford Edge 2019 Ford Escape Difference
Front headroom 37.7 to 40.2 inches 39.9 inches -2.2 to +0.3 inches
Front legroom 42.6 inches 43.1 inches -0.5 inches
Front shoulder room 60.3 inches 55.9 inches +4.4 inches
Front hip room 55.9 inches 54.5 inches +1.4 inches
Rear headroom 40.3 inches 39 inches +0.4 inches
Rear legroom 40.6 inches 37.3 inches +3.3 inches
Rear shoulder room 60.5 inches 55.2 inches +5.3 inches
Rear hip room 57.5 inches 52.4 inches +5.1 inches
Cargo room (behind second row) 39.2 cubic feet 34 cubic feet +5.2 cubic feet
Cargo room (behind first row) 73.4 cubic feet 68 cubic feet +5.4 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2019 Ford Edge

  • Significantly more passenger and cargo room
  • Stylish ST interior
  • More standard features and a higher feature ceiling

Advantage: 2019 Ford Escape

  • Slightly better standard looks
  • S trim offers value for budget shoppers

Performance

The 2019 Ford Edge is the superior crossover in the lineup, so it also boasts the superior powertrain. It starts with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that injects 250 horsepower and sprints the Edge to 60 mph in just 7.6 seconds. Buyers looking for some additional performance can opt for the new ST trim and its 335-horsepower 2.7-liter V-6 that zips the Edge to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds.

The 2019 Ford Escape has more engine options but lacks the raw performance variant the Edge has. The smaller crossover starts with a 168-horsepower 2.5-liter four-pot that gets the Escape to 60 mph in 9.1 seconds. Moving into the SE trim drops in a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine that pushes fuel economy up to 30 mpg highway but slows acceleration to 60 mph by a half second. Topping the range is a turbo 2.0-liter engine with 245 horsepower that zips the Escape to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds.

Though it lacks in power, the 2019 Ford Edge makes up big time in fuel economy with a 5 mpg combined advantage with the 1.5-liter engine.

 

2019 Ford Edge 2019 Ford Escape Difference
Standard engine 2.0-liter turbo 4-cyl 2.5-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 250 hp at 5,500 rpm 168 hp at 6,000 rpm +82 hp
Torque 275 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm 170 lb-ft at 4,500 rpm +105 lb-ft
Transmission 8-spd automatic 6-spd automatic
Driveline FWD (std.) / AWD (opt.) FWD
0-60 time 7.6 seconds 9.1 seconds -1.5 seconds
Towing capacity 3,500 pounds (AWD) 1,500 pounds +2000 pounds
MPG City 21 to 22 mpg 21 mpg +0 to +1 mpg
MPG Highway 28 to 29 mpg 29 mpg 1 to +0 mpg
MPG Combined 23 to 25 mpg 24 mpg 1 to +1 mpg
Optional engine 2.7-liter turbo V-6 1.5-liter turbo 4-cyl
Horsepower 335 hp at 5,500 rpm 179 hp at 6,000 rpm +156 hp
Torque 380 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm 177 lb-ft at 2,500 rpm +203 lb-ft
Transmission 8-spd automatic 6-spd automatic
Driveline AWD FWD (std.) / AWD (opt.)
0-60 time 6.1 seconds 9.6 seconds -3.5 seconds
Towing capacity 3,500 pounds (AWD) 2,000 pounds +1,500 pounds
MPG City 19 mpg 22 to 23 mpg -4 to -3 mpg
MPG Highway 26 mpg 28 to 30 mpg -2 to -4 mpg
MPG Combined 21 mpg 24 to 26 mpg -3 to -5 mpg
Optional engine
2.0-liter turbo 4-cyl
Horsepower
245 hp at 5,500 rpm
Torque
275 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm
Transmission
6-spd automatic
Driveline
FWD (std.) / AWD (opt.)
0-60 time
7.1 seconds
Towing capacity
3,500 pounds
MPG City
21 to 22 mpg
MPG Highway
27 to 29 mpg
MPG Combined
23 to 25 mpg

 

Advantage: 2019 Ford Edge

  • More powerful base engine
  • More standard towing
  • Zippy ST trim

Advantage: 2019 Ford Escape

  • Better fuel economy with 1.5-liter engine
  • Makes more effective use of Ford’s 2.0-liter turbo engine

Pricing and Features

The Ford Edge has four trim levels: SE, SEL, Titanium, and ST. Their starting prices range from $29,995 to $42,355.

 

The 2019 Ford Escape lineup includes four trim levels too — S, SE, SEL, and Titanium — and their starting prices range from $24,105 to $32,620.

2019 Ford Edge Key Features and Pricing by Trim

SE: $29,995

  • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Auto engine stop/start
  • Hill-start assist
  • 18-inch Sparkle Silver aluminum wheels
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Intermittent, speed-sensitive windshield wipers
  • Power mirrors
  • Black mirror caps
  • Body-color door handles
  • Body-color rear spoiler
  • Dual exhaust tips
  • Deep-tinted rear glass
  • Bright grille
  • Black beltline molding
  • Manual, single-zone climate control
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Overhead console with sunglasses holder
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Four 12-volt power outlets
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down driver’s glass
  • Rotary gear shifter
  • Power door locks
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • Compass
  • Keyless unlock with push-button ignition
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Cruise control
  • One smart-charging USB port
  • SYNC infotainment system
  • In-car Wi-Fi
  • FordPass Connect
  • AM/FM/SiriusXM audio system
  • Cloth seating
  • 60/40 split-folding rear bench with center armrest
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Rearview camera
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane centering
  • Evasive steering assist
  • Enhanced active park assist
  • Ford MyKey

 

SEL: $33,300

  • All SE features, plus
  • 18-inch split-spoke aluminum wheels
  • LED fog lights
  • Heated mirrors with integrated LED turn signals
  • Body-color mirrors
  • Bright beltline molding
  • Silver roof-rack side rails
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Two smart-charging USB ports
  • SYNC 3 infotainment system
  • Unique cloth seating
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • Six-way power passenger’s seat
  • Easy-fold second-row seats
  • Reverse parking sensors
  • SecuriCode keyless entry keypad

 

Titanium: $38,760

  • All SEL features, plus
  • 19-inch nickel-painted aluminum wheels
  • Puddle lights
  • Power mirror memory
  • Bright-accented door handles
  • LED signature daytime running lights
  • Ambient lighting
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Remote ignition
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Power tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Two 4.2-inch driver-information center screens
  • 110-volt power outlet
  • B&O premium sound system by Bang & Olufsen
  • Illuminated bright door-sill plates
  • Heated front seats
  • Two-position driver’s seat memory
  • Leather seats
  • 10-way power passenger’s seat
  • Perimeter alarm

 

ST: $42,355

  • All SEL features. Plus
  • 2.7-liter turbocharged V-6
  • All-wheel drive
  • Performance Drive Dynamic
  • 20-inch bright-machined wheels with bark stainless pockets
  • Gloss-black mesh grille with ST logo
  • Heated power mirrors with puddle lights
  • Unique body-color front and rear lower fascia
  • Body-color lower cladding
  • Polished dual-exit exhaust
  • Black beltline molding
  • Carpeted Ford Performance floor mats
  • Ford Performance scuff plates
  • LED signature daytime running lights
  • Ambient lighting
  • Two-position mirror memory
  • Power tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Perforated leather steering wheel with silver stitching and ST logo
  • Aluminum pedals
  • Two 4.2-inch driver information displays
  • B&O premium sound system by Bang & Olufsen
  • Leather-trimmed seats with Kiko inserts
  • ST-bolstered bucket seats with silver stitching and embossed ST logo
  • Heated front seats
  • Driver’s seat memory
  • 10-way power passenger’s seat

2019 Ford Escape Key Features and Pricing by Trim

S: $24,105

  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Electric power steering
  • Electric parking brake
  • 17-inch Sparkle-Silver-painted steel wheels
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • Black door handles
  • Black upper and lower grilles
  • Body-color rear spoiler
  • Black mirror caps
  • Black beltline molding
  • Sterling Gray lower fascias, body cladding, and wheel-lip molding
  • Intermittent rear wiper
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Halogen reflector headlights
  • Four cargo tie-down hooks
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Single-zone manual climate control
  • Overhead console with sunglasses storage
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • Ice Blue instrument panel lighting
  • Compass and outside temperature display
  • Urethane steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Four 12-volt power outlets
  • Power windows with one-touch-down driver’s glass
  • Six-speaker AM/FM/MP3 audio system
  • SYNC infotainment
  • Cloth seating
  • Six-way manual driver’s seat
  • 6040 split-folding rear seats
  • Rearview camera
  • Ford MyKey
  • Brake assist
  • SOS post-crash alert system

 

SE: $26,500

  • All S features, plus
  • 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Automatic engine stop/start
  • 17-inch Sparkle-Silver-painted aluminum wheels
  • Body-color door handles
  • Silver-painted upper grille with chrome-bar inserts and chrome surround
  • Body-color mirrors
  • Bright beltline molding
  • Fog lights
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips
  • Silver front and rear skid plates
  • Deep-tinted rear glass
  • Acoustic front-side glass
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Power windows with One-touch up/down
  • Chrome inside door handles
  • Keyless unlock with push-button start
  • Remote ignition
  • SiriusXM with Traffic and Travel Link
  • SYNC 3
  • Ford Pass Connect
  • In-car Wi-Fi
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • SecuriCode keyless entry keypad
  • Perimeter alarm

 

SEL: $28,445

  • All SE features, plus
  • Heated mirrors
  • Daytime running lights
  • Black roof-rack side rails
  • Power liftgate
  • LED signature lighting
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped gear shifter
  • Leather seating
  • Rear parking sensors

 

Titanium: $32,620

  • All SEL features, plus
  • 2.0-liter turbocharged engine
  • 19-inch machined aluminum wheels with Luster Nickle pockets and spokes
  • Silver-painted roof-rack side rails
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Puddle lights
  • Bi-xenon headlights
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Two 12-volt power outlets
  • 110-volt rear power outlet
  • Ambient lighting
  • Universal garage door opener
  • 10-speaker Sony audio system
  • Navigation
  • 10-way power passenger’s seat
  • Driver’s seat memory
  • Enhanced active park assist

Who Should Buy the 2019 Ford Edge?

If you have taller children or haul more adults than kids, the 2019 Ford Edge is the better buy with its roomier back seats. Plus, buyers seeking a performance crossover will find what they need in the Edge ST.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Ford Escape?

For city commuters, the smaller, more efficient 2019 Ford Escape is a better option. Not only does it slip in and out of traffic with ease, but it also delivers superior fuel economy.

 

Whether you prefer the 2019 Edge or the 2019 Escape, we can fill your needs here at Garber Automall serving the Orange Park area. Stop by our Jacksonville area new Ford showroom today to test drive both vehicles and see which fits you better. Can’t make it to our Fleming Island Ford showroom today? Stop by our online Ford showroom to see our in-stock Edge and Escape models and schedule a test drive at your convenience.