2013 Ford Escape Gets 33 MPG Highway; Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ Get 34 MPG Highway

By Colin Bird  on April 25, 2012


When the 2013 Ford Escape goes on sale later this spring it will do so with three four-cylinder powertrains that all achieve better than 30 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The 2013 Scion FR-S hits dealerships this June and the 2013 Subaru BRZ sometime after that and both will get 34 mpg highway.

The 2013 Escape's base 168-horsepower, 2.5-liter Duratec four-cylinder is a carryover from the previous generation and only available on the S trim with front-wheel drive; the engine will return an EPA-rated 22/31/25 mpg city/highway/combined. That's a 2 mpg improvement over the old Escape; Ford says the carryover engine benefits from better low-end torque and higher fuel economy due to an active grille shutter system and new torque converter, among other changes.

The engine offered on the bulk of the Escape lineup — the new 178-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder — is capable of achieving 23/33 mpg with front-wheel drive, according to the automaker, EPA figures aren't available. We don't have a combined figure yet, but expect 26 mpg based on figures from other models.

That number makes the Escape one of the most fuel-efficient crossovers available. It beat the Chevrolet Equinox (22/32/26), Honda CR-V (23/31/26), Hyundai Tucson (23/31/26) and Toyota RAV4 (22/28/24). The recently redesigned 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport gets the same gas mileage (23/33/26) as the 1.6-liter EcoBoost Escape, and it's bigger overall. Theoretically, the Escape should be less expensive than the Santa Fe Sport. The 2013 Mazda CX-5 still holds the fuel efficiency mantel, with a 26/32/29 mpg rating. No word yet on the fuel economy for the Escape all-wheel drive variant of the 1.6-liter EcoBoost.

The Escape's V-6 engine replacement — a 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder — will achieve 22/30/25 mpg with front-wheel drive and 21/28/24 mpg with all-wheel drive, according to the EPA.

None of the new Escape models beat the now discontinued Ford Escape Hybrid, which had a 34/31/32 mpg rating. Its discontinuation also marks the end of hybrid availability in the compact crossover segment.

In other fuel-economy news, the sport coupe twins, the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, are rated at 25/34/28 mpg with an automatic transmission and 22/30/25 mpg with a manual transmission.

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