2013 Ford Escape EPA Rated At Over 30 MPG On Highway

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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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