2012 Ford Escape Fuel Economy

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Fuel Economy

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.

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.

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.

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