2013 Ford Escape EPA Rated At Over 30 MPG On Highway

If we learned anything about compact crossovers late last year, it was that 2012 would shape up to be the year of the fuel economy number, with the key face-off being between the 2012 Honda CR-V, 2013 Mazda CX-5, and 2013 Ford Escape.

Ford has released the final EPA fuel economy numbers for the 2013 Escape, and while the car doesn't walk away with the best all-around numbers, it does excel in most categories. Here’s how things break down.

 

Front-Wheel Drive, <;200 Horsepower: Second Place

The Escape is available with three engines: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 168 horsepower, a 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbo four making 178 horsepower, and a 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo four making 270 horsepower. To make a long story short: if you want the best fuel economy from an Escape, skip the base 2.5.

The 2.5-liter is rated at a respectable 22 mpg city / 31 mpg highway, but the 1.6-liter EcoBoost has both more power and better efficiency. It delivers a 23 mpg city / 33 mpg highway rating, the best highway mpg among sub-200-horsepower front-wheel-drive CUVs. However, it does lose to the reigning fuel economy king, the Mazda CX-5: while the Escape gets one more mile per gallon on the highway, the CX-5 gets three more mpg in the city. As a result, the Mazda scores a combined 29 mpg rating to the Escape's 26 mpg combined.

(Note: all comparisons use automatic transmissions)

Engine Trans Hp Lb-Ft City Hwy
CX-5 2.0L I-4 6AT 155 150 26 32
Escape 1.6L Turbo I-4 6AT 178 184 23 33
Tucson 2.4L I-4 6AT 176 168 22 32
Equinox/ Terrain 2.4L I-4 6AT 182 172 22 32
Escape 2.5L I-4 6AT 168 170 22 31
Tucson 2.0L I-4 6AT 165 146 23 31
CR-V 2.4 I-4 5AT 185 163 23 31
Sportage 2.4L I-4 6AT 176 168 22 31
RAV-4 2.5L I-4 4AT 179 172 22 28
Rogue 2.5L I-4 CVT 170 175 22 28
Tiguan 2.0L Turbo I-4 6AT 200 207 22 27
 

Front-Wheel Drive, >200 Horsepower: Best-in-Class

The 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder in the upper Escape trim levels competes mostly against V-6 engines (including those in the Toyota RAV-4 and Chevrolet Equinox/GMC Terrain), so it should come as little surprise that the Escape wipes the floor with them. The Escape 2.0 EcoBoost delivers 22 mpg city / 30 mpg highway, just edging out the turbocharged Kia Sportage SX (22 mpg city / 29 mpg highway). It's also between five and six mpg more than the Chevrolet Equinox/GMC Terrain V-6 (17 mpg city / 24 mpg highway).

Engine Trans Hp Lb-ft City Hwy
Escape 2.0L Turbo I-4 6AT 240 270 22 30
Sportage 2.0L Turbo I-4 6AT 260 269 22 29
RAV-4 3.5L V-6 5AT 269 246 19 27
Equinox/ Terrain 3.0L V-6 6AT 264 222 17 24
 

All-Wheel Drive, <;200 Horsepower: Second Place

Escapes equipped with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine and all-wheel drive get 22 mpg city / 31 mpg highway. That's enough to crown the Escape best in this niche for highway fuel economy, slightly better than the Honda CR-V, which achieves 22 mpg city / 30 mpg highway. But it still comes in second place to the Mazda CX-5, which gets 25 mpg city / 31 mpg highway.

Engine Trans Hp Lb-ft City Hwy
CX-5 2.0L I-4 6AT 155 150 25 31
Escape 1.6L Turbo I-4 6AT 178 184 22 31
CR-V 2.4 I-4 5AT 185 163 22 30
Equinox/ Terrain 2.4L I-4 6AT 182 172 20 29
Tucson 2.4L I-4 6AT 176 168 21 28
Sportage 2.4L I-4 6AT 176 168 21 28
RAV-4 2.4L I-4 4AT 179 172 21 27
Tiguan 2.0L Turbo I-4 6AT 200 207 21 27
Rogue 2.5L I-4 CVT 170 175 22 26
 

All-Wheel Drive, >200 Horsepower: Best-in-Class

The 2.0-liter EcoBoost pays dividends when mated to an all-wheel drive system, too: it gets 21 mpg city / 28 mpg highway, putting it at the top of the pack of high-performance CUVs. That's five mpg more than the GMC Terrain/Chevrolet Equinox with a V-6, and two mpg more than the Toyota RAV-4 V-6. Kia’s Sportage SX does come close, since it’s rated at 21 mpg city / 27 mpg highway.

Engine Trans Hp Lb-ft City Hwy
Escape 2.0L Turbo I-4 6AT 240 270 21 28
Sportage 2.0L Turbo I-4 6AT 260 269 21 27
RAV-4 3.5L V-6 5AT 269 246 19 26
Equinox/ Terrain 3.0L V-6 6AT 264 222 16 23
 

The Takeaway: Look Ma, No Hybrid

Since Ford axed the Escape Hybrid with the end of the last model, the CUV segment is presently devoid of a hybrid option. Looking at the segment, however, you'd hardly miss it: the fuel economy kings in this class are using high compression ratios, trick transmissions, or turbochargers to achieve such big numbers -- not batteries and motors.

In the end, the Escape nearly wins the efficiency crown, but finishes a very close second to the 2013 Mazda CX-5. And that's when comparing automatic transmission cars: ultra-savvy buyers will note that Mazda offers a front-wheel drive manual CX-5 that achieves 26 mpg city / 35 mpg highway. It's the highest mpg figure of any crossover transmission/engine/driveline combination, full stop.

Sources: Ford, Mazda, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Volkswagen, Toyota, Nissan, GM

Engine Trans Hp Lb-Ft City Hwy
CX-5 2.0L I-4 6AT 155 150 26 32
Escape 1.6L Turbo I-4 6AT 178 184 23 33
Tucson 2.4L I-4 6AT 176 168 22 32
Equinox/ Terrain 2.4L I-4 6AT 182 172 22 32
Escape 2.5L I-4 6AT 168 170 22 31
Tucson 2.0L I-4 6AT 165 146 23 31
CR-V 2.4 I-4 5AT 185 163 23 31
Sportage 2.4L I-4 6AT 176 168 22 31
RAV-4 2.5L I-4 4AT 179 172 22 28
Rogue 2.5L I-4 CVT 170 175 22 28
Tiguan 2.0L Turbo I-4 6AT 200 207 22 27
Engine Trans Hp Lb-ft City Hwy
Escape 2.0L Turbo I-4 6AT 240 270 22 30
Sportage 2.0L Turbo I-4 6AT 260 269 22 29
RAV-4 3.5L V-6 5AT 269 246 19 27
Equinox/ Terrain 3.0L V-6 6AT 264 222 17 24
Engine Trans Hp Lb-ft City Hwy
CX-5 2.0L I-4 6AT 155 150 25 31
Escape 1.6L Turbo I-4 6AT 178 184 22 31
CR-V 2.4 I-4 5AT 185 163 22 30
Equinox/ Terrain 2.4L I-4 6AT 182 172 20 29
Tucson 2.4L I-4 6AT 176 168 21 28
Sportage 2.4L I-4 6AT 176 168 21 28
RAV-4 2.4L I-4 4AT 179 172 21 27
Tiguan 2.0L Turbo I-4 6AT 200 207 21 27
Rogue 2.5L I-4 CVT 170 175 22 26
Engine Trans Hp Lb-ft City Hwy
Escape 2.0L Turbo I-4 6AT 240 270 21 28
Sportage 2.0L Turbo I-4 6AT 260 269 21 27
RAV-4 3.5L V-6 5AT 269 246 19 26
Equinox/ Terrain 3.0L V-6 6AT 264 222 16 23
MRAP
While i will admit most EPA numbers are not real world, 22 mpg should be easy to make. My F150 supercrew gets 14.5 in town. This vehicle weighs half as much, has a engine over half the size and much higher tech (the 1.6 has the start/stop engine feature).
JeanClaudeVonSpam
22 mpg city is a joke. You'll never see those numbers.

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