The 2022 Ford Escape did have certain models that were able to be flat towed behind an RV, but not all models had this capability and you really have to look at the chart in order to figure out what models had this ability and what models did not.
There were also other alternatives to flat towing, which provides additional options models that were not able to be pulled with all four wheels on the ground.
A Quick Overview:
I wanted to go ahead and provide a quick overview of the data that I found and if we look below, we can see that hybrid models that had an automatic transmission equipped (no manual transmission models were available), along with the plug-in hybrid models (with an automatic transmission) were able to be flat towed.
We can also see that the standard Ford Escape was also not capable of being flat towed, which would be vehicles that had the gasoline engine, not the hybrid models.
Flat Tow Capability:
- Hybrid: Yes (w/ automatic transmission)
- Plug-In Hybrid: Yes (w/ automatic transmission)
- All Other Models: Not Available
Tow Dolly Capability:
- Hybrid Models: Yes
- All Other Models: FWD models only
2022 Escape Flat Towing Capabilities:
I went ahead and included the chart I found in the guide, so you can take a look at how Ford broke down the data for the 2022 Ford Escape and is also how I got my data.
If we look at the chart below, we can see that the escape hybrid models were the only vehicles that were able to be flat towed and they only were available with an automatic transmission, as were the standard gasoline powered models, but they did not have this capability.
I also want to point out that there were notes that did apply to the two hybrid models that talk about the maximum speed and other essential information that you probably should take a look at.
1. Maximum speed with hybrid transmission is 70 mph. 2. Select “Neutral Tow” mode – refer to Owner’s Manual transmission and towing sections to follow procedures. 3. Start the engine and allow it to run for one (1) minute at the beginning of each day and every six (6) hours thereafter.
All Models (Except Hybrid Models):
I was also able to find an additional note in the owner's manual that also states that these standard models that used the gasoline engine, whether it be all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive, were not able to be flat towed. Your only options for these two vehicles would be to either use a trailer or, if you had a FWD version, you also had the option of using a tow dolly too.
Alternative Options For Models That Can Not Be Flat Towed:
With that being said, there are alternative ways to pull your vehicle behind you and this would be either using a trailer or a tow dolly.
Use A Trailer Instead: A trailer would work for any vehicle because all four tires would be off the ground and on the trailer itself, so this would give you the ability to pull any model behind you regardless of any variables whatsoever.
If you are considering using a trailer and hauling your vehicle on top of the trailer in order to get all four of the wheels off the ground, one thing you need to keep in mind is the weight of the vehicle itself plus the additional Weight of the trailer, both of which would have to be added up In order to see if the vehicle you are using can handle this amount of weight.
Tow Dolly: If you choose to go the tow dolly route, only the front-wheel drive versions of these vehicles were able to use a tow dolly, as we will talk about a little bit later in this article.
A tow dolly is a really great alternative to a trailer because it weighs a lot less and you can either rent these or you can buy one, depending on how often you plan on using it.
Ford's Instructions For Flat Towing (Hybrid Models Only):
I was able to find a little section in the owner's manual that goes into detail about flat towing the hybrid models, so you can see what's involved and exactly how it should be done.
Required Accessories You Will Need For Your Vehicle To Pull Behind Your RV:
After doing some additional research on these specific vehicles, I stumbled across a couple of items that are needed in order to properly hook up your vehicle to your RV or whatever else you're pulling it with in order to comply with local laws and to do it in the safest way possible.
As you can see, there are six different accessories that you will need in order to Be able to flat to your 2022 escape.
- Baseplate: (Mounts to vehicle's frame and provides connection point for tow-bar)
- Tow-Bar: (Provides connection between RV and vehicle)
- Safety Cables: (Provides an additional connection between RV and vehicle and is a backup connection, should the main connection fail)
- Wiring Kit: (Allows vehicles lights to sync with RV's lights which include: brake lights, turn signals and running lights)
- Braking System: (Provides a supplementary braking system to vehicle being towed to aid in stopping)
- 12V Outlet Kit: (Allows you to charge your vehicle's battery while it is being pulled)
2022 Ford Escape Tow Dolly Capabilities:
Like I mentioned earlier, I was able to find an additional chart that talks about using a tow dolly to tow your vehicle instead of flat towing and if we look at the chart we can see that all Escape models had this ability, if they were equipped with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive versions were not able to use this method and would instead have to be pulled with all four wheels off the ground, on a trailer.
1. AWD/4WD vehicles cannot be towed with 2 wheels lifted off the ground. N/A – Not Applicable.
There wasn't a whole lot of information for these vehicles when it came to flat towing, but there were two resources I used that turned out to be very helpful, as they are with most of the information I'm looking up for these vehicles, whether it be towing capacity, tow hitches or whatever.
Both the owner's manual and the 2022 guide had all of the information I needed listed in them and is where I grabbed the charts you see in this post, as well.