Ford Escape Towing Capacity

The 2018 Ford Escape offers the road manners of a sedan, the space of a wagon, and the remarkable utility of an SUV, including a towing capacity that outperforms many of its rivals.

Drivers in Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle can learn more about the 2018 Ford Escape towing capacity with our comprehensive review.


The Ford Escape is outfitted with a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine that produces 160 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. The next engine option is a 1.5-liter turbo-4 that produces 179 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. 

Those in search of more power will enjoy the 245 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-4 that's optional for the Escape. This engine is not only stunningly quick, but it also has incredible amounts of low-end torque that make it ideal for towing. 

All engines pair to a 6-speed automatic, but some are equipped with shift paddles. Front-wheel drive is standard for all models, while the optional Intelligent 4WD system splits power between the front and rear wheels to maintain perfect traction in any conditions. The Escape can also clamp the front brakes individually, which simulates torque vectoring and helps it handle better.

Towing Capacity

Depending on the engine option, the Escape is capable of towing an impressive amount of weight.  With the base engine and the 6-speed automatic transmission, the Escape can tow up to 1,500 pounds.

Equipped with the mid-range 4-cylinder, the Escape increases its towing capacity to 2,000 pounds. Upgrading to the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gives the Escape an impressive 3,500 pounds of towing capacity, which is enough to tow plenty of recreational vehicles, such as a boat, camper, or a trailer loaded up with equipment.

Tow Package

To enhance the Escape towing capacity, a Class 2 trailer tow package is available for the SE and SEL models. This includes trailer sway control technology, auxiliary transmission oil cooler, and paddle shifters. 

With the trailer sway control feature, the system automatically applies precise braking or reduces the engine torque to keep the vehicle and trailer under control when it detects a trailer sway. Because trailer sway can be a dangerous situation, this is an incredible future for enhancing stability and driver confidence.

Additional Features

Curve control is another unique feature of the Escape. If you approach a turn too fast, this system will slow the vehicle down by utilizing throttle reduction and anti-lock braking. When you're in the curve, G-forces have a tendency to transfer more traction on the outside tires than the inside ones, which can compromise your stability. The torque vectoring control system improves the traction in this situation by transferring torque to the wheels with the most grip, reducing the risk of losing control and forcing the front end to hug the inside of the curve.

AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ is another feature that's helpful both in normal driving situations and with a trailer in tow. This feature uses gyroscopic sensors to monitor your roll rate, allowing AdvanceTrac® to help you maintain control when it detects traction loss, roller motion, understeer, or oversteer. It also keeps your vehicle in control in inclement road conditions, such as ice or rain.

Test Drive the 2018 Ford Escape 

With its impressive towing capacity, powerful engine options, and state-of-the-art safety features, the 2018 Ford Escape is a versatile, capable option in the midsize SUV class.

Drivers in the Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle areas can experience the 2018 Ford Escape towing capacity in person by visiting Fred Beans Ford of Mechanicsburg. Call or stop by today to schedule your test drive!

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Fred Beans Ford of Mechanicsburg

6320 Carlisle Pike
Directions Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

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