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.
#304 of 565 Not a fuel sipper but good MPG for weight & towing ability
Mar 02, 2013 (6:59 am)
I have the SE AWD 2.0 which is a small rocket with the ability to two 3,500 lbs. I haven't done the research but this has got to be one of the more heavy and solid small SUVs out there. Others I've been in feel light and tinny. I average 21 MPG when I'm mostly around town, 24 or so with about 50/50 town/highway. Yesterday a 2 hour trip averaging 55 mph with premium gas got me up to 29 mpg. Mind you I'm starting slow off the line and gliding to a finish when possible, using the sport shift to downshift, so the economy computer loves me. I really don't think Ford mis-advertised the MPG but I think all manufacturers should advertise only the average MPG and eliminate a lot of people's misconception. I will say that my mileage has improved since I turned 2,000 miles so I think the "break-in" period is a real thing.
#305 of 565 Re: Not a fuel sipper but good MPG for weight & towing ability [craign1]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Mar 02, 2013 (7:23 am)
Is premium recommended for your Escape? If not, you're just wasting your money. (link)
Is your winter winding down? Warmer weather can help your mpg too.
#306 of 565 Re: Vehicle mileage? [tinycadon]
Mar 02, 2013 (8:28 am)
First time poster here. Bought my 2013 Titanium Escape 2.0 4WD in late October and have 3,300 miles on it so far. I drive about 60/40 on the highway and haven't seen MPG anywhere close to what was on the sticker. I only use premium fuel and am a very conservative driver. My best tank average is 20.1 MPG. I probably would have made a different decision had a known I would be getting such poor gas mileage. Plus, how big is the tank anyway? I don't think I've ever put more than 11.5 gallons in when I am on E. Ford screwed up big time on both these items and hope they are investigated for deception. With that said, I do love the new Escape.
#307 of 565 Re: Vehicle mileage? [sbro1]
Mar 02, 2013 (8:55 am)
Agree with your question about the tank, and asked it myself months ago. I have the SEL 2.0 4WD. The most fuel it has ever taken was 11.3 gallons. Tripometer said I had 32 miles to empty. I average 22.1 mpg (70/30 hwy/city). I have strong doubts there is a 15 gallon tank on this thing. Last years model had a 13 gallon tank - almost certain they carried it onto this model as well. Still waiting to hear from anyone on this forum that ever put more than 13 gallons in at fill-up. I do like the vehicle. I am ticked off about the mpg (I ought to be averaging at least 26 mpg per the specs and my driving habits). But mostly just wish they had engineered a way to stick a 20 gallon tank on this thing and not a 13.1 (which I'm sure us what's actually there)!
#308 of 565 Re: Not a fuel sipper but good MPG for weight & towing ability [steve_]
Mar 02, 2013 (10:06 am)
No. The owners manual specifies regular.
#309 of 565 Gas mileage
Mar 02, 2013 (1:23 pm)
I ordered a Titanium AWD in the first week of December. Got my window sticker a few days ago and it's scheduled to be built March 5th. I've been watching these gas mileage posts and it looks like Ford made a mistake in putting in a gas tank that's too small. They did the same thing with the F150 when they introduced the 3.5 ecoboost and it took them a year or so to rectify that. You may see a bigger tank in a year or so but it won't do the rest of us any good.
#310 of 565 Re: Gas mileage [donl1]
Mar 02, 2013 (2:51 pm)
I have a 2.0L SE FWD with 1500 miles on it and my wife has a 1.6L SE FWD with about 6500 miles on it. We don't see any appreciable difference in mileage between the 2 cars and generally average 25.5 to 26 MPG, with about a 60/40 hwy/city split.
#312 of 565 Re: Not a fuel sipper but good MPG for weight & towing ability [steve_]
Mar 02, 2013 (3:02 pm)
The manual says for the turbo engines regular is recommended, but you can get more power using a higher octane.
#313 of 565 Re: Not a fuel sipper but good MPG for weight & towing ability [explorerx4]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Mar 02, 2013 (3:05 pm)
Now the question is whether you'll take a mpg hit with this engine going for the more power option. They seem to be competing goals.