The Ford Escape is a smaller SUV that has been around for quite some time now (since 2001) and, to be honest I never really payed much attention to until now. After checking out some of the back history I decided to make a simplified towing capacity guide for the Ford Escape.
I broke down the data by years and listed some of the most important information regarding towing capacity specs for the Ford Escapes. I hope it is helpful to someone out there!
Overview of the Data For the Ford Escape:
Overall: The basic data showed that from 2001-2019, the Ford Escape had four different towing capacities: 1,000 lbs., (Hybrid models) 1,500 lbs., 2,000 lbs. and 3,500 lbs. This did depend on the engine equipped and seemed to be the main factor in the overall capacity threshold. There were 5 different groups of years that offered a little bit different engine configurations, which I have broken down in the tables below.
Engine Choices: The Ford Escape had many different engines since it's conception and the engine equipped really had everything to do with the towing capacity. There were basically two different choices, for the most part and this was either a 4 cylinder or 6 cylinder engine.
The 4 cylinder engines seemed to have a maximum towing capacity between 1,000 lbs. to 2,000 lbs and the 6 cylinder engine was usually at the higher capacity of 3,500 lbs, with proper equipment installed.
Drive Train Configurations: The drivetrain configuration was pretty simple to evaluate for the Ford Escapes. The two choices were either a Front Wheel Drive or Four Wheel Drive. The towing capacity for the Ford Escape was not really affected by the drivetrain configuration, it did change the GCWR a little though, which make sense due to the added weight of a transfer box on the 4WD models.
Towing Capacity: Overall, there were 4 main towing capacities for the Ford Escape and they were really a maximum number and less of a range. The four weight limits specified by Ford for the Escape was 1,000 lbs., 1,500 lbs., 2,000 lbs. and 3,500 lbs over the years and it was really straightforward specs that depended on the engine configuration.
2017, 2018 & 2019 Models:
The Ford Escapes that were made from 2017-2019 had three different engine configurations and these were the 2.5L, the 1.5L EcoBoost engine and the 2.0L engine.
The 2.5L had the lowest toe rating and the 2.0L engine had the highest, as you can see from the table below.
2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 Models:
There were similar engine configurations for the Ford Escape from 2013-2016 compared to 2017-2019 but instead of the 1.5L, a 1.6L was offered instead.
The towing capacity stayed the same though, having a 1,500 lb. capacity for the2.5L, 2,000lbs. capacity for the 1.6L engine and the top towing capacity for the 2.0L EcoBoost engine at 3,500 lbs.
2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 Models:
From 2009-2012, the Ford Escape had 4 different engine configurations, three of those were automatic transmissions and 1 was a manual transmission.
The maximum towing capacities for the automatic transmissions were 1,000 lbs. for the 2.5L Hybrid engine (except 2009 models), 1,500 lbs. for the standard 2.5L engine and 3,500 lbs. for the 3.0L engine.
The manual transmission model equipped with the 2.5L engine had a 1,500 lb. maximum towing capacity, as seen in the second table below.
2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008 Models:
From 2005-2008, the metrics really stayed the same for the Ford Escape as far as towing capacity goes but the engine configurations did differ from other years.
For the Ford Escapes with automatic transmission the 2.3L Hybrid engine had a maximum towing capacity of 1,000 lbs., the other 2.3L engine had a capacity of 1,500 lbs. and the 3.0L engine had a maximum capacity of 3,500 lbs.
The only manual transmission model had the 2.3L engine equipped and had a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 lbs.
2001, 2002, 2003 & 2004 Models:
There was only two different engine configurations for the first years that the Ford Escape was made (2001-2004) and the towing capacity was a little different, but not by much.
The 2.0L engine had a maximum towing capacity of 1,000 lbs. and the 3.0L engine had a 2,000 lb. maximum limit without a class II hitch or 3,500 lb. maximum towing capacity with a class II hitch installed.
Resources For Ford Escape:
I used Ford's Towing Guides to gather all of the information in this article for the Ford Escapes and wanted to link to them for others who might want to check them out for themselves.
- 2019 Ford Towing Guide
- 2018 Ford Towing Guide
- 2017 Ford Towing Guide
- 2016 Ford Towing Guide
- 2015 Ford Towing Guide
- 2014 Ford Towing Guide
- 2013 Ford Towing Guide
- 2012 Ford Towing Guide
- 2011 Ford Towing Guide
- 2010 Ford Towing Guide
- 2009 Ford Towing Guide
- 2008 Ford Towing Guide
- 2007 Ford Towing Guide
- 2006 Ford Towing Guide
- 2005 Ford Towing Guide
- 2004 Ford Towing Guide
- 2003 Ford Towing Guide
- 2002 Ford Towing Guide
- 2001 Ford Towing Guide