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#162 of 650 Re: 2013 Escape SEL 2.0 AWD Gas Mileage [cbc410]
Sep 12, 2012 (7:30 am)
Here are my observations/thoughts on the cars mileage. We've now had two of these cars and both performed exactly the same. We picked up our replacement on Thursday. So far we've put about 1000 miles on it. Ours is also a 2.0 AWD.
***These are all averages over a number of miles. All with the AC on and with regular gas****
- On the interstate going less than 70 I can easily get 28 ~ 31 MPG.
- In the rolling foothills on route 29 between Lynchburg and Charlottesville I got around 25 ~ 26 MPG at 60 ~ 65 MPH.
- On the Colonial Parkway in Williamsburg (Very flat), cruising at 50 MPH, I got 33 MPG.
- Over 70 (the speed limit in Virginia is 70) the mileage drops off to about 27 MPG
- My wife is a Sysco rep and drives around all day in town, easily putting 50 miles a day on the car. The average mileage after several days of that is 24 MPG. For comparisons sake, she drove and Explorer rental for about a month and put about 1200 miles on it. Its mileage was pegged at 20.5.
Here are my thoughts after a week.
- The cars sweet spot like most cars is around 55 - 65 MPH.
- If you leave it in S mode it will never shift into 6th gear. I usually accelerated in S mode and then shift into D.
- Above 75 MPG the mileage really drops off.
- I tend to accelerate fairly quick off the line and then settle in to a constant speed about 5 MPH over the speed limit, but I don't tailgate, so I keep my speed consistent and I use the cruise control. However, according to my wife I drive like an aggressive a-hole. I still average about 26 in the car overall.
The MPG is very dependent on driving style and conditions. I know that people do not want to hear that. I would look at the cars Eco driving score and see what it says about your driving. I've been breaking this thing in so I've been driving conservatively. And I've actually been making a conscious effort to maximize the mileage(despite what my wife thinks). I think that if I just zoned out and drove like my natural inclination as a lead foot, my mileage would certainly be worse, but not anywhere near 15 MPG's. My G37 was rated at 18/23 I was able to get 29 MPG out of it but I also got as low as 5 MPG. Going 140 or redlining it at every stoplight will do that.
This issue puts me in mind of a Top Gear episode where they test drove an M3 against an Prius. They drove the Prius like a bat out of h311 and the M3 just had to keep up. They got better mileage out of the M3.
How you accelerate, how you brake and how close you follow the car in front of you makes a huge difference.
I'm not trying discount other peoples experiences. I'm not walking in anyone else's shoes, and I'm on my second Escape because of problems myself. However, In my experience with 2 examples of this model I can easily achieve or exceed the advertised mileage.
It does have an annoyingly tiny gas tank though. 15 gallons? Come on Ford!
#163 of 650 Re: 2013 Escape SEL 2.0 AWD Gas Mileage [shark_diver]
Sep 12, 2012 (11:05 am)
Have you driven to E & filled up? I just did, needle at E & 8mi to empty on computer readout, got 13.3 gallons into a 15.1 gallon tank. My old escape got 15.5 to 15.7 gallons at E on a 16.5 gallon tank. That's almost an extra useable gallon on the old model, ridiculous.
#164 of 650 Re: 2013 Escape SEL 2.0 AWD Gas Mileage [tinycadon]
Sep 12, 2012 (1:21 pm)
Yeah. It gets better mileage than any other car we've had, but we have to stop for gas more often. I've run it down to about 16 miles to empty. 13 gallons is sad. 18 gallons would have been fine. Oh well, I didn't engineer it, so who knows what precipitated spec'ing such a small tank. Maybe they found it acceptable on the "volume" 1.6 liter engine.
#165 of 650 Re: 2013 Escape SEL 2.0 AWD Gas Mileage [shark_diver]
Sep 12, 2012 (2:55 pm)
Each gallon of gasoline weighs...7(?)lbs....
#166 of 650 Re: 2013 Escape SEL 2.0 AWD Gas Mileage [cbc410]
Sep 12, 2012 (4:05 pm)
Titanium 2.0 fwd. Just filled up and using a calculator my mpg was 26.642 over 232 miles of 80-90% highway driving. Display in car shows over 27 mpg and close to 28 so seems to be about 2 mpg off on my car. I hope things improve for you and have very little consistent city driving in my routine. When I do I try to anticipate when practical and safe a way to adjust to the flow of traffic so I do not have to accelerate very hard and fast to change lanes and or get to where I am going. Not something that can be done in all cities or all of my situations during rush hour. Safety is first concern and mpg next when rating only those two things. I too have had a few pure Interstate trips where I have seen just over 30mpg and just under 30mpg depending on if I am driving below or above 70.
#167 of 650 2013 Titanium AWD
Sep 12, 2012 (4:20 pm)
Thanks for sharing the MPG folks. Info is much appreciated. Mine should be here any day now. And I could care less about my compression ratio. No offense guys, just say'in.
#168 of 650 Re: 2013 Escape SEL 2.0 AWD Gas Mileage [shark_diver]
Sep 12, 2012 (9:58 pm)
Thanks for the detailed information. Sounds like you do a lot of highway driving. Mine is all city and I live in hills so go up and down a lot. I just drove my 2001 Volvo wagon on the same course and it got 10% better mileage than the Escape. Don't think that should be the case since its mileage is not rated even as high as the Escape by the EPA. So I am at less than 13 mpg for driving around the city, without steep acceleration or idling in traffic, but there are hills. Anybody have any experience like that?
#169 of 650 Re: Torque Steer 2013 Escape FWD [dirtyharrywk]
Sep 13, 2012 (8:37 am)
My 2.0L SE FWD w/tow pkg took 37 days from order to delivery. Got it on Tuesday.
#170 of 650 Re: 2013 Escape SEL 2.0 AWD Gas Mileage [cbc410]
Sep 13, 2012 (9:30 am)
Actually its just the opposite. As a sales rep my wife puts 400 to 600 miles a week on a car, almost exclusively city driving. It just happens that we took a trip with the car the first weekend we bought it so that's where a lot of my highway data came from. With her weekday driving pattern she got 20.5 on an Explorer with the V-6 in the last month. She's getting 24 MPG in the Escape so far this week driving for work. The traffic in Hampton roads is awful. Between 4 - 6 pm It can take a hour or more go a few miles, the traffic is pretty much always heavy the rest of the time and people around here can't drive, so its constant stop and go. We don't have hills however. That may be your issue, but 13 MPG? People on the Ford Raptor forums claim better mileage better then that. After a few fill-ups and trip computer resets, I'd take it back to the dealership. Or, you could trade it in for a Ford Raptor.
Sep 13, 2012 (11:20 am)
Some of you may have seen posts on here where the new Ford Escapes are leaking in the roof area and people are finding water stains on the headliner.
My Escape is at the dealership for the second time right now for this issue. The leak is caused by a bolt that fixes the roof rack onto the vehicle roof. It is improperly sealed and letting water through. My dealer has tried fixing it twice and is now trying for the third time by putting mastic around the bolt. They tried this once and it didn't work.
Ford customer service has been next to useless to me during this, so I'm glad my dealer is trying to get it right. I have been told categorically that under no circumstances will Ford replace this vehicle. Quite the statement considering that I seem to have purchased a sub-standard vehicle. Seems there is no recourse other than arbitration and Ford said if I went this route they would no longer help me.