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.