2019 Ford Escape SEL driving

Are you debating between the 2019 Ford Escape S vs. SE? The team at Greenbrier Ford in Lewisburg, WV, has the answers you seek. This page was curated to cover the similarities, differences, and engine options of the Escape S and SE.

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2019 Ford Escape S

Grey 2019 Ford Escape S

Starting MSRP: $24,105

2019 Ford Escape SE

Orange 2019 Ford Escape SE

Starting MSRP: $26,500

What are the Similarities?

2019 Ford Escape Front Interior
2019 Ford Escape Back Interior

The new Ford Escape S and SE come with multiple similar features. Read the list below to see what those features include.

  • Both have seating for up to 5 people.
  • They both come with 60/40 split-fold-flat rear seat backs.
  • As far as audio goes, both come with AM/FM MP3 and 6 speakers.
  • You can use SYNC® Enhanced Voice Recognition Communication and Entertainment System on both models.

What are the Differences?

Starting MSRP is the most obvious difference between the S and SE. The Escape S's starting MSRP is $24,105 and the Escape SE's starting MSRP is $26,500. See below to learn about some of the other differences.

  • The S comes with manual single-zone climate control, while the SE comes standard with dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control.
  • The SE comes standard with a 10-way power driver seat, while the S only has a 6-way manual driver seat.
  • FordPass® Connect is standard on the SE but not on the S.
  • The S comes with a Black upper grille, while the SE has a standard upper grille painted Silver with Chrome bar insert and Chrome surround.

Engine Options

Both the Escape SE and S have confident capability and the powerful performance to get you where you're going. Look at the table below to learn more about their respective standard engines.


2019 Ford Escape Trim Level


2.5L iVCT I-4


1.5L EcoBoost®


MPG (city/hwy)


168 HP


179 HP

170 lb.-ft.


177 lb.-ft.

Fuel Economy Differences

The Ford Escape S and SE have minor fuel economy differences. The S produces 24 combined MPG, 21 city MPG, and 29 highway MPG. The SE's MPG specs are as follows: 26 combined, 23 city, and 30 highway.

Intelligent 4WD Capabilities

Intelligent 4WD is an available system that can send torque from the front wheels to the back wheels to create optimum traction and handling. It does this by detecting road conditions and traction every 16 milliseconds.