Ford claims the 2013 Escape model, when powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, can deliver 23 mpg city, 33 mpg highway in a front-drive model , besting the highway numbers of the Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and others.
At 33 mpg, this implies the new Escape is not only a lot more efficient than the previous 4-cylinder model, but it bests the numbers of the old Escape Hybrid, too.
“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, group vice president, Ford Global Product Development.
Ford has redesigned the Escape for 2013 and dropped the V-6 engine option in favor of a top-of-the-line 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, which cranks out the same horsepower as the V-6 with two fewer cylinders.
The 2013 Escape model 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.
Cosmetically, the 2013 Escape gets big visual changes, but still shares a lot of DNA with the rest of the Ford line—particularly the other newly updated vehicles. It’s less boxy, with more curves, and has a much more fluid look overall.
With the EPA certification, the Escape is the latest vehicle to join Ford’s fuel-efficient lineup. Ford now offers eight vehicles with 40 mpg or more and 11 vehicles with fuel-efficient EcoBoost engines.