There’s good news for consumers in the market for a fuel-efficient small crossover. The all-new for 2013 Ford Escape, when equipped with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine and automatic transmission, has been certified by the EPA at 33 mpg in highway driving.
The 1.6-liter EcoBoost is a direct injection gasoline engine with turbocharging and is the base engine in SE and SEL trims.
Two other Escape engine choices, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost (standard on Escape Titanium) and the carryover 2.5-liter iVCT engine (only available in the base Escape S) deliver EPA highway ratings of 31 and 30 mpg, respectively.
What this means to consumers is that the entire 2013 Ford Escape small crossover lineup achieves 30 mpg or better on the highway. As for the Escape with 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine and automatic transmission, it’s the most fuel-efficient small crossover SUV on the market.
Fuel efficiency gains are the direct result of the Escape’s redesign that’s 10 percent more aerodynamic than the outgoing model.
The 2013 Ford Escape goes on sale nationwide in May.