EPA announced its official ratings for the all-new Ford Escape/Kuga, and all three engines manage 30 mpg or better on highway. The most fuel efficient version of the Escape is the one equipped with 1.6-liter EcoBoost, which in combination with an automatic transmission returns 33 mpg highway. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost meanwhile is rated at 30 mpg, and the 2.5-liter at 31 mpg.
The 1.6 liter unit is expected to be most popular Escape, especially as it also offers 178 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque in addition to the great fuel economy. Those looking for more power should go for the 2.0 liter version. It may have 3 mpg less, but it delivers 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque.and is capable of towing 3,500 pounds which is the best among all the small, turbocharged SUVs.
EcoBoost engines are standard in the SE, SEL and Titanium editions. The SE and SEL models come with the 1.6L standard and the Titanium comes with the 2.0-liter. The 2.5-liter is available in the S edition. The new Escape can be specified with a liftgate with motion-sensing technology and an upgraded MyFord Touch system.