Fuel Economy for the 2013 Ford Escape – Engine Options

When buying a new car, there can be an overwhelming number of options to consider. One thing I’ve noticed is that a lot of people are unsure of the engine options on their vehicle. This is particularly a concern with family vehicles like the Ford Escape – on the one hand, you want to get the best fuel economy that you can, and on the other hand, you’ve got a lot to carry around – kids, car seats, booster seats, soccer gear, football gear, groceries, a couple gallons of gas for the lawnmower – you want to make sure that the car’s engine is going to be able to handle everything you’re throwing at it!

I thought I might take a moment today to try and clear up some of that confusion with a clear, concise list of engine options for the 2013 Ford Escape, and the strengths and weaknesses of each option.

Option 1 — The 1.6L EcoBoost Engine

This engine might be small, but it can pack a punch. What the “EcoBoost” really means is that it can do more with less. It performs at about the same level as a 2.0L or 2.2L engine, but gets the fuel economy of a 1.6L engine. Ford developed the EcoBoost line of engines for people who: 1) Don’t want to spend a lot on gas, 2) Don’t want to sacrifice engine power for fuel economy, and 3) Don’t want to have to worry about any kind of special upkeep that hybrid cars might have, with the bigger batteries and strange engines and strange transmissions they have.

It makes sense – Who wouldn’t want the best of both worlds? If you want to learn more about how the EcoBoost engines work, you can click here. If you’re like me, you don’t really care how it works, just how it performs. Well, here are the numbers:

The 1.6L EcoBoost Engine on a 2013 Ford Escape with Front-Wheel Drive gets an estimated 23-City/33-Highway.

If you get your Escape equipped with 4-Wheel Drive, the numbers are 22-City/30-Highway.

This engine is going to be best for people whose primary concern is fuel economy above all else. It’s not going to have quite as much power as some of the larger engine options on the Escape, but it’ll get the job done, and it’ll save you money in the process.

Option 2 — The 2.0L EcoBoost Engine

Like the first option, this one is also part of the EcoBoost line of engines. This one is a little bigger though, and performs around the level of a 3.3L or 3.5L engine, while still maintaining the fuel economy of a 2.0L Engine. Here’s the numbers:

The 2.0L EcoBoost Engine on a 2013 Ford Escape with Front-Wheel Drive gets an estimated 22-City/30-Highway.

If your Escape is equipped with 4-Wheel Drive, those numbers are 21-City/28-Highway.

Considering how well this engine performs, those numbers are really not bad. This engine can handle a lot, including an optional Class II Trailer Tow package (which means you can tow up to 3,500 pounds). This engine is great if you’re looking for a vehicle that can handle a busy family with a lot in tow, but still gets great fuel economy.

Option 3 — The 2.5L Duratec Engine

This engine is standard on the economy trim level of the 2013 Ford Escape, the Escape S. This is a proven engine, which has been a part of the Escape line-up for years. It might not have all the latest technological innovations, but if a tried-and-true engine is important to you, then this is the engine for you.

The 2.5L Duratec Engine  in the 2013 Ford Escape gets an estimated 22-City/31-Highway. 

Unlike the EcoBoost options, this one is available in Front-Wheel Drive only.

While the other two engines will help you save money at the pump (without skimping on performance) this engine will help you save money at the car dealership. Because it doesn’t have the direct fuel injection or the turbocharger that the EcoBoost engines have, it’s a little cheaper to manufacture, and that savings is then passed along to you, the owner. That being said, this engine wouldn’t have stuck around so long if it didn’t have a lot to offer, and it nicely fills out the Ford Escape line-up by balancing pretty good gas mileage with pretty good power and a great price.

Also, on the 2013 Ford Escape, both the 2.5L Duratec Engine and the 1.6L EcoBoost engine come with Active Grill Shutters, which help to further increase your fuel economy.

Well, That’s one less thing to think about.

Hopefully, this article helped – either by helping you research your next car, or by helping you understand the car you already own.

In any case, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me by email – gregjones@kwford.com – or by phone, at (828) 648-2313. If you’d like to start narrowing down your search, you can use this link to search our New Ford Escape Inventory here at Ken Wilson Ford in Canton NC.

Thanks for reading,

Greg Jones

For more information on the Escape, be sure to check out the rest of our Shopping Guide for the 2013 Ford Escape.