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Ford Escape Gas Mileage: 2001 – 2013

The Ford Escape was introduced in 2001 as Ford’s entry into the two-row mid-size SUV segment. The original model was designed in conjunction with Mazda, and shared many components with the Mazda Tribute, as well as with the Mercury Mariner.

At the time it was introduced, the 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid (shown below) was billed as the most fuel efficient SUV sold in the United States, with the front wheel drive version delivering 34 city and 30 highway miles per gallon, while the four wheel drive version hauled down 29 city and 27 highway. (The non-hybrid 2008-2012 Escape was offered with either a 2.4 liter four cylinder or a 3.0 liter six.) The Escape Hybrid was offered through the 2012 model year.

The Escape is all new for 2013, with a sleek new crossover design and a choice of three different engines.

The naturally aspirated 2.5-liter Duratec inline four is rated at 22 city / 31 highway. The 1.6-liter EcoBoost is rated at 23/33 in FWD and 22/30 in 4WD. The top-of-the-line 2.0-liter EcoBoost is rated at 22/33 in FWD and 12/28 in 4WD. We recently reviewed the 2013 Ford Escape Titanium AWD:


We spent a week test driving the 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid and were amazed at how great the gas mileage was in the city and at lower speeds. Check out our Ford Escape Hybrid review:

Ford Escape Gas Mileage – 2001-2013

Year Manf. Model Engine Disp. Trans. City Hwy. Comb. Fuel
2013 Ford Escape FWD 4 cyl. 2.5 liter Auto (S6) 22 31 25 Regular
2013 Ford Escape FWD 4 cyl. 2 liter Auto (S6) 22 30 25 Regular
2013 Ford Escape FWD 4 cyl. 1.6 liter Auto (S6) 23 33 26 Regular
2013 Ford Escape AWD 4 cyl. 2 liter Auto (S6) 21 28 24 Regular
2013 Ford Escape AWD 4 cyl. 1.6 liter Auto (S6) 22 30 25 Regular
2012 Ford Escape Hybrid FWD 4 cyl. 2.5 liter Auto (CVT) 34 31 32 Regular
2012 Ford Escape Hybrid AWD 4 cyl. 2.5 liter Auto (CVT) 30 27 29 Regular
2012 Ford Escape FWD FFV 6 cyl. 3 liter Auto 6-spd 19 25 21 FlexFuel
2012 Ford Escape FWD 4 cyl. 2.5 liter Auto 6-spd 21 28 23 Regular
2012 Ford Escape FWD 4 cyl. 2.5 liter Manual 5-spd 23 28 25 Regular
2012 Ford Escape AWD FFV 6 cyl. 3 liter Auto 6-spd 18 23 20 FlexFuel
2012 Ford Escape AWD 4 cyl. 2.5 liter Auto 6-spd 20 27 23 Regular
2011 Ford Escape Hybrid FWD 4 cyl. 2.5 liter Auto (CVT) 34 31 32 Regular
2011 Ford Escape Hybrid 4WD 4 cyl. 2.5 liter Auto (CVT) 30 27 29 Regular
2011 Ford Escape FWD FFV 6 cyl. 3 liter Auto 6-spd 19 25 21 FlexFuel
2011 Ford Escape FWD 4 cyl. 2.5 liter Manual 5-spd 23 28 25 Regular
2011 Ford Escape FWD 4 cyl. 2.5 liter Auto 6-spd 21 28 23 Regular
2011 Ford Escape 4WD FFV 6 cyl. 3 liter Auto 6-spd 18 23 20 FlexFuel
2011 Ford Escape 4WD 4 cyl. 2.5 liter Auto 6-spd 20 26 22 Regular
2010 Ford Escape Hybrid FWD 4 cyl. 2.5 liter Auto (CVT) 34 31 32 Regular
2010 Ford Escape Hybrid 4WD 4 cyl. 2.5 liter Auto (CVT) 30 27 29 Regular
2010 Ford Escape FWD FFV 6 cyl. 3 liter Auto 6-spd 19 25 21 FlexFuel
2010 Ford Escape FWD 4 cyl. 2.5 liter Auto 6-spd 21 28 23 Regular
2010 Ford Escape FWD 4 cyl. 2.5 liter Manual 5-spd 22 28 24 Regular
2010 Ford Escape 4WD FFV 6 cyl. 3 liter Auto 6-spd 18 23 20 FlexFuel
2010 Ford Escape 4WD 4 cyl. 2.5 liter Auto 6-spd 20 26 22 Regular
2009 Ford Escape Hybrid FWD 4 cyl. 2.5 liter Auto (CVT) 34 31 32 Regular
2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 4WD 4 cyl. 2.5 liter Auto (CVT) 29 27 28 Regular
2009 Ford Escape FWD 6 cyl. 3 liter Auto 6-spd 18 26 21 Regular
2009 Ford Escape FWD 4 cyl. 2.5 liter Manual 5-spd 22 28 24 Regular
2009 Ford Escape FWD 4 cyl. 2.5 liter Auto 6-spd 20 28 23 Regular
2009 Ford Escape 4WD 6 cyl. 3 liter Auto 6-spd 17 24 20 Regular
2009 Ford Escape 4WD 4 cyl. 2.5 liter Auto 6-spd 19 25 21 Regular
2008 Ford Escape Hybrid FWD 4 cyl. 2.3 liter Auto (CVT) 34 30 32 Regular
2008 Ford Escape Hybrid 4WD 4 cyl. 2.3 liter Auto (CVT) 29 27 28 Regular
2008 Ford Escape FWD 6 cyl. 3 liter Auto 4-spd 18 24 20 Regular
2008 Ford Escape FWD 4 cyl. 2.3 liter Auto 4-spd 20 26 22 Regular
2008 Ford Escape FWD 4 cyl. 2.3 liter Manual 5-spd 22 28 24 Regular
2008 Ford Escape 4WD 6 cyl. 3 liter Auto 4-spd 17 22 19 Regular
2008 Ford Escape 4WD 4 cyl. 2.3 liter Auto 4-spd 19 24 21 Regular
2007 Ford Escape Hybrid FWD 4 cyl. 2.3 liter Auto (CVT) 31 29 30 Regular
2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 4WD 4 cyl. 2.3 liter Auto (CVT) 28 27 27 Regular
2007 Ford Escape FWD 6 cyl. 3 liter Auto 4-spd 18 23 20 Regular
2007 Ford Escape FWD 4 cyl. 2.3 liter Auto 4-spd 20 24 21 Regular
2007 Ford Escape FWD 4 cyl. 2.3 liter Manual 5-spd 21 27 23 Regular
2007 Ford Escape 4WD 6 cyl. 3 liter Auto 4-spd 17 21 19 Regular
2007 Ford Escape 4WD 4 cyl. 2.3 liter Auto 4-spd 18 23 20 Regular
2007 Ford Escape 4WD 4 cyl. 2.3 liter Manual 5-spd 20 25 22 Regular
2006 Ford Escape Hybrid FWD 4 cyl. 2.3 liter Auto (CVT) 30 28 29 Regular
2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 4WD 4 cyl. 2.3 liter Auto (CVT) 28 26 27 Regular
2006 Ford Escape FWD 6 cyl. 3 liter Auto 4-spd 18 23 20 Regular
2006 Ford Escape FWD 4 cyl. 2.3 liter Auto 4-spd 20 23 21 Regular
2006 Ford Escape FWD 4 cyl. 2.3 liter Manual 5-spd 21 27 23 Regular
2006 Ford Escape 4WD 6 cyl. 3 liter Auto 4-spd 17 21 19 Regular
2006 Ford Escape 4WD 4 cyl. 2.3 liter Auto 4-spd 18 22 20 Regular
2006 Ford Escape 4WD 4 cyl. 2.3 liter Manual 5-spd 19 24 21 Regular
2005 Ford Escape Hybrid 4WD 4 cyl. 2.3 liter Auto (CVT) 28 26 27 Regular
2005 Ford Escape Hybrid 2WD 4 cyl. 2.3 liter Auto (CVT) 30 28 29 Regular
2005 Ford Escape 4WD 6 cyl. 3 liter Auto 4-spd 16 20 17 Regular
2005 Ford Escape 4WD 4 cyl. 2.3 liter Auto 4-spd 17 20 18 Regular
2005 Ford Escape 4WD 4 cyl. 2.3 liter Manual 5-spd 19 24 21 Regular
2005 Ford Escape 2WD 6 cyl. 3 liter Auto 4-spd 17 23 19 Regular
2005 Ford Escape 2WD 4 cyl. 2.3 liter Auto 4-spd 19 23 21 Regular
2005 Ford Escape 2WD 4 cyl. 2.3 liter Manual 5-spd 21 27 24 Regular
2004 Ford Escape 4WD 6 cyl. 3 liter Auto 4-spd 16 22 18 Regular
2004 Ford Escape 2WD 6 cyl. 3 liter Auto 4-spd 17 23 19 Regular
2004 Ford Escape 2WD 4 cyl. 2 liter Manual 5-spd 20 25 22 Regular
2003 Ford Escape 4WD 6 cyl. 3 liter Auto 4-spd 16 21 18 Regular
2003 Ford Escape 4WD 4 cyl. 2 liter Manual 5-spd 19 23 21 Regular
2003 Ford Escape 2WD 6 cyl. 3 liter Auto 4-spd 17 23 19 Regular
2003 Ford Escape 2WD 4 cyl. 2 liter Manual 5-spd 20 25 22 Regular
2002 Ford Escape 4WD 6 cyl. 3 liter Auto 4-spd 16 22 18 Regular
2002 Ford Escape 4WD 4 cyl. 2 liter Manual 5-spd 19 23 21 Regular
2002 Ford Escape 2WD 6 cyl. 3 liter Auto 4-spd 17 23 19 Regular
2002 Ford Escape 2WD 4 cyl. 2 liter Manual 5-spd 20 25 22 Regular
2001 Ford Escape 4WD 6 cyl. 3 liter Auto 4-spd 16 22 18 Regular
2001 Ford Escape 4WD 4 cyl. 2 liter Manual 5-spd 20 24 21 Regular
2001 Ford Escape 2WD 6 cyl. 3 liter Auto 4-spd 16 22 18 Regular
2001 Ford Escape 2WD 4 cyl. 2 liter Manual 5-spd 21 26 23 Regular

Basic Strategies for Fuel Economy Improvement in the Ford Escape

Mindful maintenance tactics for the Escape include all the usual suspects: switch to low-rolling-resistance tires, swap all fluids for synthetics, and adding an inexpensive OBDII driver feedback device (such as the AutoMeter EcoMeter or ScanGaugeE) if the vehicle is not equipped with an Instant MPG gauge from the factory.

Using an Instant MPG display will help you become a more fuel efficient driver by by letting you know how and when to lighten up your foot and use inertia to your best advantage.

Low rolling resistance tires choices for the Escape include:

  • Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia
  • Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus
  • Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max
  • Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season
  • General Grabber HTS

Generally speaking, SUVs offer significant potential for better gas mileage through aerodynamic improvements, but many of these choices hinge on personal aesthetics. For example: you might consider a set of lowering springs and the removal of roof racks and other bolt-ons that interrupt smooth airflow. But you might not be willing to forgo the ground clearance or ability to strap cargo onto the roof.

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