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GREEN | 7 out of 10
Ford Escape four-cylinder: 23/28 mpg (manual/front-wheel drive); 21/28 mpg (auto/FWD); 20/26 mpg (auto/all-wheel drive)
Ford Escape V-6: 18/23 mpg (AWD); 19/25 mpg (FWD)
Ford Escape Hybrid: 34/31 mpg (FWD); 30/27 mpg (AWD)
With three engines, three transmissions, and front- or all-wheel drive, the 2012 Ford Escape runs the gamut between very green and somewhat thirstier than typical.
The EPA rates the base Escape four-cylinder, with front-wheel-drive and a manual transmission, at 23/28 mpg. But by the time you add all-wheel drive, and the V-6, ratings drop to 18/23 mpg--making it one of the thirstier vehicles in this class.
The Hybrid does much, much better. It's rated at 34/31 mpg, but adding in all-wheel drive, with its mechanical traction system, lowers that to 30/27 mpg.
V-6 models of the 2012 Ford Escape are among the thirstier picks, but the Escape Hybrid is one of the greenest crossovers at any price.