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2019 Ford Escape vs. 2019 Ford Edge: What's the Difference?

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author photo by Chris O'Neill October 2018
  • The 2019 Ford Edge costs between $6,000 and $16,000 more than the Escape.

  • The Escape is expected to be replaced for the 2020 model year.

  • The ST model is a new addition to the Edge's lineup for 2019.

The 2019 Ford Escape and the 2019 Ford Edge are two comparably sized 5-passenger crossovers. With their similarities, it may be difficult to tell which one is the right SUV for you. Below, we'll take a look at the two vehicles and highlight their major differences in an effort to help you make a decision.

Background

The Escape was last fully redesigned for the 2013 model year and received an update for 2017. The Escape is expected to be all-new for 2020. The Edge was the recipient of a full redesign for 2015 and receives a midlifecycle update for 2019. Updates include revised styling and the addition of a new top-of-the-line ST model, which replaces the Sport model offered in 2018 and marks a new focus on performance for the Edge.

An entry-level Escape S starts at $24,105 and reaches $35,000 in its fully loaded Titanium guise. Since the Edge offers more in terms of space, refinement and style, it costs more than the Escape. A base 2019 Ford Edge SE starts at $29,995, while a fully loaded ST model will exceed $50,000.

Exterior

Both the Edge and the Escape wear sporty, yet tasteful styling.

In line with the rest of Ford's lineup, the Escape wears the Blue Oval's signature trapezoidal grille. A chrome design element resides on the front fender with a crease running backward along the belt line to the taillights, which connects with the rear fenders. Starting with the SE model, the Escape gains fog lights and dual rear exhausts.

The Escape is 178.1 inches long, 72.4 inches wide and 66.3 inches tall, and it offers 7.8 inches of ground clearance.

The Edge has sportier and more muscular proportions than the economical Escape. SE through Titanium models wear a chrome grille, while the new ST model gets a blacked-out design. Like the Escape, the Edge has a taut crease along its belt line. Gone is the attractive wraparound rear taillight design, which has been replaced by a less-interesting traditional taillight setup that's divided by a black trim piece. All trim levels wear dual rear exhaust pipes. The ST model receives a unique rear valence, as well as unique wheels, ST badging on the grille and tailgate and an available performance brake package that adds 21-in gloss black aluminum wheels.

The Ford Edge is 188.1 inches long, 75.9 inches wide and 68.6 inches tall, and it offers eight inches of ground clearance.

Interior

The Edge has a nicer interior than the Escape, although both use a lot of black plastic, which serve to cheapen their designs.

The Escape's interior is busy, yet functional. Each trim level comes with an LCD screen for its center infotainment system and an additional one in its gauge cluster. SEL and Titanium models get a large 8.0-in unit. Titanium models also come with leather seats.

The Edge's interior is a simpler design than that of the Escape's. It features a lot of flat surfaces and large swaths of matte black plastic finishes that are accented by aluminum trim. Offered on SE and SEL models is a center-mounted gauge in the infotainment screen, while Titanium and Sport models get a unique design featuring one center-mounted gauge with a screen on either side. An 8.0-in infotainment screen is standard on Titanium and ST models and is optional on SEL models. Titanium models offer leather seats, while the ST gets leather sport seats with microsuede inserts.

In terms of interior room, the Escape offers 39.9 inches of headroom and 43.1 inches of legroom. In the back seat, the Escape offers 39.0 inches of headroom and 37.3 inches of legroom. Front-seat dimensions for the Edge are similar, with 40.2 inches of headroom and 42.6 inches of legroom, but its back seat is noticeably larger, offering 40.3 inches of headroom and 40.6 inches of legroom.

The Edge offers more room in the cargo area as well. Behind the second row, the Escape offers 34 cu ft. of room, while the Edge offers 39 cu ft. of space. Fold the second row, and the Escape offers 68 cu ft., while the Edge offers 73 cu ft. of room.

Mechanicals

Entry-level Escapes come with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that's good for 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. SE and SEL models utilize a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder putting out 179 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. The Escape Titanium uses a 2.0-liter turbo-4 making a respectable 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque, making it one of the more potent vehicles in its segment.

SE, SEL and Titanium models are available with an all-wheel-drive system as an option, while the S model is front-wheel drive only. The Escape is relatively fuel efficient across the board, being able to get between 23 and 26 miles per gallon combined regardless of configuration.

The Edge's engine lineup has been simplified for 2019. The 3.5-liter V6 has been dropped, leaving only two turbocharged mills. SE, SEL and Titanium models come with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo, which is the same engine offered in the Escape Titanium. Just like in the Escape, this engine makes 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque in the Edge. ST models get a 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 making 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. This is the same engine that was offered in the outgoing Edge Sport, except it's now tuned for additional power.

While ST models come standard with AWD, SE, SEL and Titanium models all default to FWD, but they offer AWD as an option. The 2.0-liter turbo is the Edge's most frugal engine option and earns 23 mpg combined in AWD guise. The new ST earns 21 mpg combined and should propel the vehicle from 0 to 60 miles per hour in well under six seconds.

While the 2019 Ford Escape uses a 6-speed automatic, the 2019 Edge gets a new 8-speed automatic that's controlled by a new rotary-style gear selector knob.

Features & Technology

A foot-activated power tailgate, an electronic parking brake, proximity-based keyless entry, heated seats, a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel and xenon LED headlights are available on the Escape. Buyers targeting an SE model can opt for a sport appearance package.

The Edge offers even more. Like the Escape, Edge buyers can opt for a panoramic sunroof, a foot-activated power rear tailgate and heated seats. On top of these features, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a 3-prong AC power outlet and ambient interior lighting are all available. The all-new 2019 ST model adds a number of performance features to the equation, including paddle shifters, a high-performance brake package and a multi-level traction-control system with sport mode.

Infotainment

The 2019 Ford Edge and the 2019 Ford Escape are both available with the third generation of Ford's infotainment system, which is known as Sync 3.0 and is generally regarded as being highly competent. Sync 3.0 is standard on Escape SEL and Titanium models. For the Edge, the system is standard on the Titanium and the ST, while being optional on the SEL. In all cases, Sync 3.0 offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Safety

Neither the 2019 Edge nor the Escape have been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but since their basic architectures remain the same, we can look at the respective 2018 model's test results for some answers. Both the 2018 Edge and the 2018 Escape received scores of Acceptable on the driver-side small front overlap test. The Escape received a score of Poor on the IIHS' passenger-side small front overlap test. Both vehicles earned scores of Good in other major categories.

A variety of driver-assist safety features are available on both the Edge and the Escape. These features are now standard on the Edge for 2019, while they're offered as optional equipment on the Escape starting on SE models. On the Escape, these features consist of adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic assist, lane-keeping assist and rain-sensing windshield wipers. In the case of the Edge, all of these features are standard, as is an evasive steering-assist feature and a lane-centering feature for use on the highway. A new addition to the 2019 Edge is the ability to automatically bring itself to a full stop in an emergency.

Quality

Reliability for both the Edge and the Escape should be about average. Ford offers a 3-year/36,000-mile basic and a 5 year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty -- on par with the rest of the mainstream automakers.

Conclusions

The Edge and the Escape are different vehicles geared toward different customers. While the Edge is slightly bigger than the Escape in all dimensions, it's noticeably nicer and more upscale than the Escape, too. This is further evidenced by the introduction of the new Edge ST, which pushes the Edge into the $50,000 price range. The Edge offers more features than the Escape, and it is geared toward someone who wants more from a vehicle than the economical basics that the Escape has to offer.

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