The 2013 Ford Escape is a great option for people who are searching for an eco-conscious vehicle, often in ways that aren’t immediately apparent.
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Many of you know that the Ford Escape used to have the option of being equipped as a hybrid vehicle. While this is no longer available, Ford has added the option of getting your Escape equipped with an EcoBoost Engine. This is a purely gasoline engine, but Ford has tweaked it so that it can do a lot more, while using a lot less fuel. It does this through a combination of direct fuel injection, a single turbocharger, and twin independant-variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT).
There are three engine options on the 2013 Ford Escape, of which two are EcoBoost Engines. The 1.6L EcoBoost engine is standard on the SE and SEL trim levels, and the 2.0L EcoBoost engine is standard on Titanium and available on SE and SEL.
The 1.6L EcoBoost Engine on a 2013 Ford Escape with Front-Wheel Drive gets an estimated 23-City/33-Highway. This is the peak fuel economy that the 2013 Escape is capable of. If getting the most miles-per-gallon is the most important thing to you in buying your Escape, then this is the engine that you need.
If you get your Escape equipped with 4-Wheel Drive, the numbers are 22-City/30-Highway.
Keep in mind that the 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid (FWD) was rated at 31 MPG for highway driving, and while it did perform better in city driving conditions than the 2013 Escape, the EcoBoost engine truly is capable of performing with great efficiency.
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. These numbers are not far off from the 1.6L EcoBoost engine, but with the 2.0L EcoBoost engine, you can add on the optional Class II Trailer Tow Prep Package, which allows the 2013 Escape to tow up to 3,500 pounds.
Fuel Saving Design
The 2013 Ford Escape was designed from bottom to top to maximize aerodynamics, which allows you to achieve greater fuel economy, especially at highway speeds.
In addition, the 2.5L Duratec Engine and the 1.6L EcoBoost Engine (Standard engines on the S, SE, and SEL trim levels) come equipped with Active Grill Shutters. Active Grill Shutters can open or close the grill on the front of your vehicle to control how much air is able to get in to cool the engine as you drive. When the engine is still cold, they will shut all the way, in order to keep all the heat produced by the engine trapped. Then, when the engine is up to temperature, the Active Grill Shutters will open up some or all of the way, allow air to vent through to keep the engine at the ideal temperature.
Ford knows that sustainability is important, and has taken steps to make sure that the 2013 Ford Escape is not only made from recycled materials, but that when, many years from now, it has driven its final mile, that it too is recyclable.
There are recycled or eco-friendly materials found in just about every part of the Escape. The carpeting of each vehicle, made from a blend of post-consumer and post-industrial content, contains plastics from about twenty-five 20 oz plastic bottles. The sound-absorption materials that line the inside of the Escape are made from over 10 pounds of scrap cotton from jeans, sweaters, t-shirts and other articles of clothing. The power-train under-shields and wheel arch liners are made from 100% recycled plastics, and the climate control gaskets are made from 100% recycled tires. The seats and head restraints contain 5% soy-based foam.
But there’s no sense in making the Escape out of recycled materials if it is not recyclable after use, which is why the 2013 Ford Escape is designed so that it is 85% recyclable after it has driven its last mile.
All in all, the Escape is a big step forward in terms of recyclablility and sustainable design, and with Ford’s innovative technologies and material uses, the Escape is a smart choice for the eco-conscious.
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