The Ford Escape Towing Capacity is dependent upon which trim level you have.

Ford Escape Towing Capacity



Trim Level

Towing Capacity

2.5-liter 4-cylinder

168 HP

Base S


1.5-liter 4-cylinder

179 HP



2.0-liter 4-cylinder

245 HP



  • Crossover SUVs are known for their versatility. 
  • They can provide the storage space you need without the bulkiness of a full-size SUV. 
  • Whether you have a family or just like to adventure, crossovers can be a great choice. 
  • People often forget, though, that crossover SUVs can still tow quite a bit.

Towing can be essential if you need to move or haul extra cargo somewhere, and the Ford Escape can fulfill the need easily. Take note that different Ford Escape trim levels offer different towing capacities. Forgetting this detail can cause serious problems, so we've put together this handy review that covers how much can a Ford Escape tow for drivers in the Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg, Easton, Nazareth and Lehigh Valley areas.

Different Engines

The Escape towing capacity depends on which engine you have, and there are three distinct versions. 

  • First is the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 168 horsepower. 
  • This engine is present on the base S model. With the SE trim, the engine is upgraded to a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an improved 179 horsepower. 
  • Finally, the Titanium trim features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
  • The two latter engines are Ford's Ecoboost engines which are more powerful and efficient compared to regular engines. 
  • That efficiency is how you the SE gets better horsepower and fuel economy than the S. 
  • Knowing what engine is how you determine your Escape towing capacity, and as you can probably guess, the higher the trim level, the better capacity you have.

Ford Escape Towing Capacity

The Ford Escape towing capacity for each engine is quite impressive, but the capabilities sharply increase with better engines. 

  1. With the base engine on the S trim, the towing capacity is 1,500 pounds. 
  2. This is low compared to the ecoboost engines of the higher trims. 
  3. The 1.5-liter ecoboost engine allows for 2,000 pounds of towing.
  4. The top level 2.0-liter ecoboost engine increases towing capacity to an incredible 3,500 pounds. 
  5. That is the max level capacity for the Escape. 
  6. The ecoboost engines can be paired with either a front wheel drive or four wheel drive drivetrain. 
  7. In some vehicles, that will make a difference in towing capacity, but it's irrelevant for the Escape.

Ford Escape Towing Assistance

Towing packages are available with the Escape if towing is something essential for you. 

  • If you plan on towing more than 2,000 pounds to take advantage of that 3,500 pound limit, you should seriously consider the class II trailer tow package. 
  • In fact, towing more than 2,000 pounds without it could void your warranty.
  • The towing package includes a 4-pin trailer wiring harness, a hitch receiver and trailer sway control. 
  • Trailer sway is particularly useful since it can keep you and other drivers safe. 
  • When sway is detected, the Escape's systems will automatically adjust to keep everything under control.

Can a Ford Escape Tow?

The Ford Escape tow rating sets itself apart as one of the best crossover SUVs on the road. It's three engine levels offer different towing capabilities all the way up to 3,500 pounds. If you want to see for yourself what this masterfully crafted machine is capable of, come to Ray Price Stroud Ford Lincoln for a test drive.

We invite drivers in the Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg, Easton, Nazareth and Lehigh Valley areas to experience the Ford Escape for themselves. Our expert team stands ready to offer any knowledge you might need to find the perfect vehicle to tow your cargo. Visit us or call (877) 817-9126 to schedule your test drive today!

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