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2020 Ford Escape Fuel Economy Announced: 30 MPG On the Combined Cycle

From the get-go, the 2020 Ford Escape ships with the 1.5-liter EcoBoost, front-wheel drive, and an automatic transmission with eight forward ratios. This setup and the efficiency of the three-cylinder turbo translate to 30 miles to the gallon on the combined cycle.
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The Environmental Protection Agency explains the rating with 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg out on the highway, impressive figures for a compact crossover by all accounts. Compared to last year and the previous generation, the Escape is far more frugal than before.

It’s a best-in-class choice for non-hybrid and non-diesel crossovers, matching the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V for combined gas mileage. The Escape Hybrid promises even better numbers given the 2.5-liter Atkinson engine, electrified drivetrain, and continuously variable automatic transmission. A plug-in hybrid is also in the pipeline, featuring a larger lithium-ion battery (14.4 as opposed to 1.1 kWh of capacity).

The 1.5-liter EcoBoost coming as standard is good for 180 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. We’ve tested this engine in the European version of the 2019 Focus with the ST-Line package, along with the 1.5-liter EcoBlue turbo diesel and the six-speed manual.

Even though four cylinders would’ve been better in terms of reliability and NVH, the Blue Oval downsized to three in order to maximize efficiency while lowering the production costs. It’s a compromise that doesn’t even feel like a compromise, and that’s a hard trick to pull when you’re dealing with three cylinders, forced induction, and the heft of a compact vehicle.

Ford plans to roll out the 2020 Escape at U.S. dealerships this fall, but the plug-in hybrid is scheduled for next spring. Pricing starts at $24,885 excluding destination charge while the Escape Hybrid retails at $28,255.

From the very start, the Escape S features creature comforts and advanced technologies such as Ford Co-Pilot360, FordPass Connect, SYNC infotainment, and climate control. The Titanium is the best trim yet in terms of standard equipment, and over in Europe, the equivalent Kuga will level up to the luxed-up Vignale specification in 2020 at the earliest.

 
 
 
 
 

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