The official fuel economy numbers for the redesigned 2013 Ford Escape are in and the news is good for the Blue-Oval as all three of the available engines in the compact crossover achieve 30 mpg (7.8lt/100km) or better on the highway.
In more detail, the Escape’s entry-level 168hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine returns 31 mpg on the highway, which is a 3 mpg improvement over the previous model’s standard engine, and 22 mpg in the city.
The slightly more potent 173hp 1.6-liter turbocharged EcoBoost does even better at 33 mpg highway and 23 mpg city, which Ford says is 2 mpg higher than the Honda CR-V and 5 mpg higher than the Toyota RAV4 on the highway.
In all fairness, we should note that new Mazda CX5’s 155hp 2.0-liter SkyActive engine is certified at 26mpg city and 35mpg highway when fitted with a manual gearbox and FWD, and 26mpg and 32mpg respectively with a 6-speed auto.
The most powerful engine in the new Escape’s range, the 237hp 2.0-liter EcoBoost, delivers 30 mpg on the highway and 22mpg in the city, with Ford stating that it that beats the Toyota RAV4 by 3 mpg and the Chevrolet Equinox by 6 mpg on the highway.
“The fuel economy of the all-new Escape showcases the continued success of Ford’s development of smaller, yet more powerful engines,” said Raj Nair, Ford vice president for global product development. “Ford understands people want fuel-efficient vehicles without sacrificing power and space requirements.”