2013 Ford Escape claims fuel-efficiency lead

All-new Escape SE with EcoBoost engine certified at 6.0 L/100 km on the highway

Published: April 30, 2012, 1:00 PM
Updated: June 7, 2015, 10:54 AM

2013 Ford Escape - Grille

Ford reports that the all-new Ford Escape SE, with 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine and automatic transmission has achieved Transport Canada/Natural Resources Canada fuel-consumption ratings of 6.0 L/100 km, highway, and 9.1 L/100 km, city.

In terms of highway fuel-efficiency, that makes it the most fuel-efficient small SUV on the market with an automatic transmission, the company says. Ford notes that automatic transmissions are preferred by the majority of Canadian drivers.

The 178-hp, 1.6-litre, EcoBoost Escape's highway fuel-efficiency is better than that of the outgoing Escape Hybrid, which may be why no hybrid model is offered for 2013.

Ford says it is also 15% more fuel-efficient  than the Honda CR-V and 13% better than the Toyota RAV4 on the highway.

All three engines available in the new Escape are certified at 6.9 L/100 km or better on the highway. The 2.5-litre four, standard in the base S model, achieves 6.3 L/100 km on the highway – an 11% improvement over the outgoing standard engine – and 9.5 L/ 100 km in the city.

The 240-hp, 2.0-litre EcoBoost, standard in the up-level SEL and Titanium models, is certified at 6.9 L/100 km on the highway.

Both the new Escape engines combine EcoBoost’s core technologies of direct fuel injection and turbocharging and add twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) to  further enhance fuel economy.

In the Escape, EcoBoost engines are mated to specially-calibrated, six-speed automatic transmissions, which are standard equipment. Drivers who want more hands-on experiences can manually control gear selection from a switch on the left-hand side of the shifter.

The Escape's fuel-efficiency is aided by a new Active Grille Shutter System. Positioned between the grille opening and radiator, the shutter is monitored by the engine control module. The grille automatically opens and closes to maintain ideal operating temperature and optimize aerodynamics.

The new Escape, which is built at Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky, arrives in Canadian dealerships in May.