The new Ford Escape’s 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine has earned an EPA fuel economy rating of 33 mpg US (7.13 l/100 km) on the highway cycle—2 mpg better than the Honda CR-V and 5 mpg better than Toyota RAV4. Offered for the first time in North America, the engine delivers 23 mpg US (10.2 l/100 km) city, and produces 178 hp (133 kW) and 184 lb-ft (249 N·m) of torque, topping the Mazda CX-5 by more than 20 horsepower and 30 lb-ft of torque.
All three engines in the new Escape are EPA-certified at 30-plus mpg on the highway. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost, certified at 30 mpg on the highway, beats the Toyota RAV4 by 3 mpg and the Chevrolet Equinox by 6 mpg.
The 2.0-liter EcoBoost, rated at 22 mpg (10.7 l/100 km) in the city, delivers 240 hp (179 kW) and 270 lb-ft (366 N·m) of torque. It is also rated at 3,500 pounds towing, which leads the pack for small, turbocharged SUVs.
Both new Escape engines combine EcoBoost’s core technologies of direct fuel injection and turbocharging and add twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT).
EcoBoost engines are standard in the SE, SEL and Titanium editions. The SE and SEL models come with the 1.6L standard and the Titanium comes with the 2.0-liter. The non-EcoBoost 2.5-liter is available in the S edition.
By 2013, more than 90% of Ford’s North American lineup will be available with EcoBoost technology. Ford also holds more than 125 patents on EcoBoost engine technology.