Last post on May 18, 2013 at 8:42 PM
You are in the Ford Escape
What is this discussion about?
Ford Escape, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
Please note the engine, AWD/FWD, type of gas you buy, and something about the type of driver you are and your driving conditions (city/highway, commuting) when you post about your mileage.
#168 of 565 Re: 2013 Escape 1.6L AWD Fuel Mileage [automelon48]
Jan 07, 2013 (4:23 am)
I understand the variable factors that contribute to the actual MPG that one may see (ie ethanol content, outside temp, head wind/tail wind, snow/ice on the road, driving style etc).
However, my 2013 Escape Titanium is the 5th new vehicle I've purchased since 1998. With the previous 4 vehicles I was able to obtain the EPA hwy mileage (cruising on the interstate 70 mph - the posted speed limit where I live) after a reasonable break in period. I've yet to come close to attaining the hwy mpg on my Escape (the best I got was about 24 mpg cruising 70). The best I've achieved - about 27 mpg was cruising 55 - 60. I'm at 24 mpg overall - just like the sticker says. But I live in a small town and I don't really drive in city traffic. My vehicles have always had a bias towards the highway mileage.
I have 2,700 miles on my vehicle. I understand the 2,000 - 3,000 mile break in period stated in the owner's manual before we should check the mpg. So far it's not looking too good for the hwy mpg (in my case). But I'm not officially disappointed yet. I'll be patient and give it more time.
The final exam will be next month when I head to Florida (from SW MI). I'm planning a round trip of about 3,000 miles with quite a bit of time spent on the interstate. I'll post the results after my trip.
But I'm beginning to think Ford engineered this vehicle to perform on the EPA test and not on the road (wrt to fuel mileage). If so, they may be technically correct and passed the EPA test but could lose in the court of public opinion.
Overall, on all other factors I'm extremely satisfied with my new Escape! The vehicle's performed flawlessly so far (even the My Ford Touch)!
#169 of 565 Re: 2013 Escape 1.6L AWD Fuel Mileage [tinycadon]
Jan 07, 2013 (1:34 pm)
"There are far more "unlucky" new Escape owners than lucky, maybe you live somewhere where they have pure gas and not 10% ethanol???"
What's your source for this conclusion? or is it simply an emotional knee jerk reaction? I'm interested in the hard data source.
#170 of 565 Re: 2013 Escape 1.6L AWD Fuel Mileage [johnnyuma]
Jan 07, 2013 (5:12 pm)
Hey Johnny, read the thread before attacking my assertion, unless you go around personally testing out every single Escape on the road yourself where's your "Hard Data" to support your assertion that most people ARE getting close to EPA ratings? You want "Hard Data" then buy yourself a subscription to Consumer Reports like I did, their "Hard Data" is right there in their "Hard Data" tests. In a 4wd 1.6L SE the "Hard Data" they came up with was 15mpg in city driving, 7mpg under the EPA rating of 22mpg. Is that "Hard Data" enough for you???
#171 of 565 Re: 2013 Escape 1.6L AWD Fuel Mileage [johnnyuma]
Jan 07, 2013 (5:48 pm)
Pretty much mirrors my mileage experience. Not sure I made the right choice with this turbo.
#173 of 565 meanwhile, back at the gas station.....
by steve_ HOST
Jan 07, 2013 (7:39 pm)
Let's try to keep the focus more on the Escape and less on each other please.
#174 of 565 Re: 2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0 AWD: No Eco in my Ecoboost [fortherock]
Jan 09, 2013 (1:05 am)
I have to agree with FortherRock - I have a new 4WD Escape Titanium and a new Focus Titanium in the drive and neither is coming close to their city or highway MPGs. I just did a 3 hour drive down from the Sierras and even with an hour coasting down hill for a 38 MPG average it was down to 24 by the time I got home - virtually all the last 2 hours at 70 MPH on interstate. I like everything else about the two cars and I quickly learned the quirks of the Ford information system, but the gas mileage is a real disappointment ..... especially the Escape which has been averaging around 17.5 MPG in city driving for my wife. I'm really concerned that since MPG ratings have suddenly gotten important Ford is rigging their ratings. Both cars are over 1000 miles now and I'll watch carefully and try to take the Escape on a long level drive (btw - it only did 19.5 MPG going up to the Sierra's).
#175 of 565 Re: 2013 Escape 1.6L AWD Fuel Mileage [escapeism]
Jan 10, 2013 (7:16 am)
I'm not even remotely close to questioning my choice about the 2.0L turbo. I wanted more hp than the 4 cylinder competitors (Honda CRV, Toyota RAV 4 and Mazda CX-5) that I test drove before I bought the Escape. As I recall, all 3 of those vehicles have about the same City mileage rating and a slightly better Hwy mileage rating than the Escape EPA rating. The 2013 versions of those 3 vehicles are also unavailable with larger engines with more hp. That's why I chose the Escape (I really liked the CX-5 and maybe would have bought it if not for IMO an underpowered engine). I also thought about the Chevy Equinox. The Equinox is available with a 3.6L V6 (301 hp) that has an EPA Hwy rating of 23 MPG. I was not impressed with the Chevy. Overall my Escape is an excellent vehicle. My overall mileage is right on at 24 MPG and maybe after several thousand miles the Hwy mileage will approach 28MPG (In the vehicles I've purchased in the last 15 years - I've generally seen improvement in fuel efficiency once the mileage has climbed beyond 10,000 miles).
#176 of 565 Re: 2013 Escape 1.6L AWD Fuel Mileage [johnnyuma]
Jan 10, 2013 (2:53 pm)
I'm glad to see someone else that is satisfied with their Escape's fuel economy.
In my latest update, our 2.0l SEL 4WD, since around Christmas Eve, has returned an average closer to 25.5 mpg overall. This also needs to take into account colder temperatures during this period. We got snow XMas Eve and again 2x since, just in large enough amounts and with enough cold air to keep most of it around for two weeks, and even now there are small patches that haven't melted completely away yet, but mostly where it was piled from shoveling or plowing. The worst average tank for this period was just over 23 mpg.
Overall, taking into consideration the 'ideal' nature of the EPA testing process, this is right in line or even a bit better than the car is 'supposed' to return- I have a mixed drive of rural highway, town, city, and interstate, with speeds anywhere from 25 to 70 mph, and these tanks were with me driving five over wherever the speed limits were under 70, or 70 in 70 mph zones.
The most recent tank, with temperatures in the mid-upper-50's, is already over 25.5 mpg, and looking to hit 26 (warmer weather, slightly higher % hwy affecting the numbers). I've had over 29 on occasion, without ever having a single tank of *all* highway driving.
I'd love to get the opportunity for the latter, but time and opportunity have to get together first.
#177 of 565 Re: 2013 Escape 1.6L AWD Fuel Mileage [usa1fan]
Jan 10, 2013 (2:57 pm)
Forgot to mention- while I drove at reasonable speeds, I still very rarely do jackrabbit starts, and always attempt to ease up to lights and away from them (reasonably, NOT supergranpa-style). I don't mind if the guy in the next lane over gets ahead of me between lights, especially if it means that I get to keep moving, while he's coming to a stop, taking off, accelerating, then braking hard[er]. One of us is getting significantly lower fuel economy for no more return in terms of time, distance, or frustration factor.