Last post on Nov 29, 2013 at 10:19 AM
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.
#174 of 626 Re: 2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0 AWD: No Eco in my Ecoboost [fortherock]
Jan 09, 2013 (12:05 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 626 Re: 2013 Escape 1.6L AWD Fuel Mileage [escapeism]
Jan 10, 2013 (6:16 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 626 Re: 2013 Escape 1.6L AWD Fuel Mileage [johnnyuma]
Jan 10, 2013 (1:53 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 626 Re: 2013 Escape 1.6L AWD Fuel Mileage [usa1fan]
Jan 10, 2013 (1:57 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.
#178 of 626 Re: 2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0 AWD: No Eco in my Ecoboost [fortherock]
Jan 13, 2013 (3:45 pm)
for better gas mileage you should only be driving 50 to 55 even on freeways-- that is why 'they' (govt) changed ALL freeway speed limit(s) to 55 miles per hour back in the 70's & we were NOT paying any where NEAR $3.00 a gallon!!
Most people don't seem to understand -- Supply & Demand!!! -there goes your money!!
#179 of 626 Re: 2013 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0 AWD: No Eco in my Ecoboost [sparky1011]
Jan 13, 2013 (5:43 pm)
55 MPH LOL LOL
NOT ME ! NO ONE will tell me that I can't drive 70 MPH !!! LOL
AT 70 I get to cry and complain about my mileage !! Waaaaaaa.....
At 55 MPH I got 38.1 MPG 1.6L FWD Now that makes sense LOL
The choice is YOURS!!!
#180 of 626 2013 Titanium 2.0 Gas Mileage Issue-HELP
Jan 20, 2013 (8:45 am)
I have the 2013 Escape Titanium 2.0. The only reason I got rid of my GMC Envoy was I believed i would be getting 22/30 mpg in the Escape. I have gotten between 13/17 in the 4 months I have owned my Escape. The dealer tells me there is no problem! Has anyone had any success in dealing with Ford to get this problem resolved? I feel like I was lied to and am extremely disappointed with Ford. I need advice on how to go about dealing with Ford with this issue.
#181 of 626 Re: 2013 Titanium 2.0 Gas Mileage Issue-HELP [lip1122]
Jan 20, 2013 (11:47 am)
lip1122 Sorry to hear about your troubles with fuel economy. By the look of your expected numbers, you appear to have the 2.0 FWD, is that correct?
If so, I have the same setup. I have recorded the first 12 tanks of gas and have been between 20.6 and 27.6 MPG with my average at 24.2. All winter driving with snow tires.
If you are convinced that it is your vehicle (and not your right foot, traffic patterns, etc) then you should try to take some proof to the dealership. I have used the OBDII port with a wireless "dongle" and an iPad app called DashCommand to monitor my engine functions and fuel-economy while driving. See post 435 and subsequent posts on that topic, under the 2013 Escape forum.link title
Maybe you could monitor your mileage on a short trip with a mechanic and discuss your results?
Let the mechanic drive, to see what mileage he/she can get.
The DashCommand app shows instantaneous mileage, one minute averages for 5 minutes, 5-minute averages for 30 minutes and 30-minute averages for 3-hours. (and the overall average, which you will find, agrees with the overall average you see on your Escape dash)
#182 of 626 Re: 1.6L Ecoboost FWD SEL [h3ll3r]
Jan 23, 2013 (6:21 pm)
I have a 2.0L 4WD SEL I live in Mississauga and my driving is a mix of hwy and city. I thought my gas mileage was horrific at 420 km a tankful, but yours is even worse. I am way past the so called "break in" period. I have 13500 km. Don't let them fool you into the old break in period speech. I even had my torque converter replaced because of stalling issues and that didn't even help the fuel consumption.
#183 of 626 Re: 1.6L Ecoboost FWD SEL [tl9]
Jan 24, 2013 (6:56 am)
Yeah, I think these cars are really geared towards relaxed highway and light traffic. Stop and go kills fuel economy on this car. I suspect the Turbo engages a lot on acceleration despite our best efforts at taking off slowly.
Last few tanks were slightly better for me. It wasn't that cold yet (nothing like the last week) and I did 376km over 46.9L (12.4L / 100km avg), 95% city.
Now that it's really cold outside, I'm back into the mid-13s.
I drove to Quebec City back and forth over X-Mas, and managed roughly 600-610km with these tanks (averaging 8.4 L/100km), going at 112-114km/h. Quite the difference...
Agree with you on the "break-in" period, there has been little difference for me over time... I'm at 8500km now.