The 2014 Ford Escape isn't the most fuel-efficient model among compact crossovers—although with several models in the lineup that top 30 mpg on the highway, it's one of the more efficient picks.
With the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder, earns EPA ratings of 22 miles per gallon city, 31 miles per gallon highway. It's offered only with an automatic transmission, as are the other powerplants, but it's not offered with all-wheel drive.
The rest of the lineup gets a couple of smaller-displacement, turbocharged engines, sporting direct injection. Improved aerodynamics and active grille shutters help improve fuel economy on 2.0-liter models.
The smaller 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is pegged at 23/33 mpg, again with the six-speed automatic transmission. The most powerful model, the 2.0-liter turbo four, is listed at 22/30 mpg, and it's effectively a replacement for the old V-6 engine option.All-wheel drive lowers combined fuel economy by 1 mpg in both cases where it's offered.
We haven't quite managed to meet the EPA ratings for 1.6- and 2.0-liter EcoBoost models, but with a light throttle foot and tall top gear these powertrains are likely to pay dividends on long highway trips.