The 2019 Ford Escape had the same towing capacity range that a lot of the other model years had, and a maximum capacity of up to 3,500 pounds. This is if you had the proper engine and trailer tow package installed for your vehicle.
There were not many variables that contributed to the maximum trailer weight ratings and in fact the charts themselves were pretty simple, but there were a couple of variations that you needed to know about because some models were only able to achieve a 1,500 pound rating if they were not properly equipped.
I highly recommend that you read through your owners manual and get familiar with your SUV and remember to follow Ford's guidelines end requirements.
2019 Escape Overview
Overall Capacity: The overall towing capacity for the 2019 Ford Escape range from 1,500-3,500 pounds and was affected only by a single factor, and that factor was the engine that you had equipped in your vehicle. There were other variables, but they did not make as much of a difference as the engine did.
Capacity By Trim Levels: I wanted to lay out the four different trim levels for these vehicles and compare the data within each trim level to see if there was a difference in the capacity numbers, and in fact, there was.
If we look at the data below, we can see that the S trim levels had a maximum capacity of up to 1,500 pounds, while all the other three trim levels, which included the SE, the SEL and the Titanium models had the same capacity, which ranged from 2,000- 3,500 pounds.
- S:1,500 lbs.
- SE: 2,000-3,500 lbs.
- SEL: 2,000-3,500 lbs.
- Titanium: 2,000-3,500 lbs.
By Engine Options: There were three different engine options for the 2019 models, much like the choices for many other model years, but the three engine choices for the 2019 models boiled down to either a 2.5 liter engine, a 1.5 liter EcoBoost engine or a 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine.
The 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine was definitely the powerhouse when it came to the maximum trailer weight ratings, having the ability to achieve that high 3,500 pound rating.
- 2.5L (4 cylinder): 1,500 lbs.
- 1.5L (4 cylinder) EcoBoost: 2,000 lbs.
- 2.0L (4 cylinder) EcoBoost: 2,000-3,500 lbs. (2,000 lb. limit without trailer package 536)
The Tow Chart:
The tow chart for the 2019 models looked similar to the 2018 Escapes, as well as the 2017 models too and the layout was the same as well, having the engine options located on the left of the table and then the maximum trailer weight ratings located on the right-hand side of the table. In the middle, we can find the axle ratios and then the gross combined weight rating metrics for both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive models.
What You Need To Know About Your SUV To Get Your Maximum Trailer Rating:
You didn't need to know a whole lot about your vehicle in order to get the maximum trailer weight ratings that were listed in the chart. In fact, there was only one single variable that you needed to plug into the chart in order to get your weight rating. This variable, was the engine that you had equipped in your vehicle, like I stated earlier.
- The engine you had equipped - You will need to find out whether you have the 2.5 liter, the 1.5 liter or the 2.0 liter engine equipped in your specific model.
If you're having trouble finding out what engine you had equipped, then you can always take your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and plug it into a decoder that will give you many different details about your vehicle, including what engine is equipped. You can find many of these decoders online, but I would suggest using this one, as I have always had pretty good luck with it.
2019 Escape Trailer Tow Packages...
As I mentioned earlier in this article, if you have the 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine equipped, then you have the option of having the 536 trailer package installed.
If we look at the table below, we can see what's included in one of these packages for the 2019 models and it includes A4 pin trailer wiring harness to hook up your trailer lights, along with the hitch receiver, and automatic transmission cooler and a trailer sway control.
(4) Available with 2.0L EcoBoost I4 only.
Hitch Receiver Weight Limits: I was also able to find this other table that talks about the hitch receiver capacity limits, but doesn't really apply to these vehicles. This is because these vehicles don't need to use a weight distributing hitch, so their maximum rating of 3,500 pounds is under these specifications that would justify using one of these hitches, so really this table did not apply to these vehicles.
Trailer Brakes: If you had the 1.5 liter engine or the 2.0 liter engine equipped in your vehicle, then you had a maximum towing capacity of at least 2,000 pounds and if you were planning on pulling anything over 1,500 pounds, Ford recommends having trailer brakes installed on your trailer.
The most popular type of brakes are electric trailer brakes and in order to have these installed on your trailer correctly and linked to your vehicle, you will need to have a brake controller and a 7 pin wiring harness installed instead of a 4 pin wiring harness.
The problem with this, for these vehicles, is that the electrical system is not ready to accept these two items from the factory. So you will have to have a competent shop hook these two items up for you or if you are confident enough to do it yourself, then you will have to go that route.
Now The Certification Label...
GCWR, GVWR & GAWRs: The gross combined weight ratings were specified in the chart, like they always are for most Ford vehicles and it made finding those figures very easy. If you happen to be looking for the gross vehicle weight rating specifications or even the gross axle weight rating specifications, then you will not find them in any of the online literature because they are listed on the vehicle itself.
You will find this information on the certification label, which I have an example of what one looks like posted above and towards the top of this label you will find these two specifications. The certification label can be found if you open your driver side door and look on the door pillar.
Axle Code: The actual code is also listed at the bottom of the certification label, but is not needed for these vehicles in order to figure out what your maximum trailer weight rating is. I just wanted to point out that you can also get this information (if you needed it in the future), but keep in mind that the two-digit code will have to be deciphered in order to know what your rear axle ratio is.
Helpful Resources I Used For My Research:
It's hard to believe that I only use three different resources when doing the research for this article and that's all I really needed to use because all of the information I was looking for was within these three resources.
The owner's manual had just about everything I was looking for about these vehicles, but the brochure came in helpful as well and so did the 2019 guide.
Last updated on May 12th, 2022 at 05:27 pm