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2011 Ford Escape four-cylinder: 23/28 mpg (manual/front-wheel drive); 21/28 mpg (auto/FWD); 20/26 mpg (auto/all-wheel drive)
2011 Ford Escape V-6: 18/23 mpg (AWD); 19/25 mpg (FWD)
2011 Ford Escape Hybrid: 34/31 mpg (FWD); 30/27 mpg (AWD)
The 2011 Ford Escape gives shoppers a choice of three engines, three transmissions, and front- or all-wheel drive, which plays out across the lineup in the form of fuel-economy lows and highs.
Starting with the base Escape, the EPA rates the four-cylinder, front-wheel-drive, manual-transmission crossover at 23/28 mpg. Add on the automatic transmission and the numbers drop in the city cycle to 21/28 mpg. Then couple it to an all-wheel-drive system, and the Escape checks in at 20/26 mpg.
Six-cylinder Escapes kick off at 19/25 mpg for the front-drive model; all-wheel-drive versions are rated at 18/23 mpg. The six-cylinder comes only with Ford's six-speed automatic, by the way.
Step into the Escape Hybrid and figures rise markedly. The front-drive Hybrid is rated tops at 34/31 mpg; adding in all-wheel drive lowers that to 30/27 mpg. Both versions direct their power to the wheels via an electronic continuously variable transmission, though the AWD edition has a mechanical, not a hybrid-derived electronic, traction system.
Four-cylinder models have very good fuel economy, but green buyers will look no further than the 34/31 mpg rating on the 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid.