US environmental agency calls all-new Ford Escape 'most fuel-efficient small SUV'

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May 1, 2012
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TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - US environmental agency calls all-new Ford Escape as most fuel efficient small SUV

The all-new Ford Escape has just been named by the United States' Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as "the most fuel-efficient small SUV with an automatic."

According to the agency, the fuel consumption of Ford's 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine for the Escape is 33mpg (14.030km/L), which is 2mpg (0.850km/L) better than the Honda CR-V and 5mpg (2.126km/L) better than the Toyota RAV4.

With the 2.0-liter EcoBoost mill, the Escape's fuel consumption has been certified as yielding 30mpg on the highway by the agency, while the 2.5-liter powerplant offers 31mpg on the highway (a 3mpg improvement over the outgoing engine) and 22mpg in the city.

This makes all three engines of the all-new Escape as EPA-certified at 30mpg or more on the highway.

Ford added that the Escape with EcoBoost engines are mated to specially calibrated, six-speed SelectShift automatic transmissions as standard.

"The fuel economy of the all-new Escape showcases the continued success of Ford’s development of smaller yet more powerful engines," said Raj Nair, group vice president for Ford's global product development. "Ford understands people want fuel-efficient vehicles without sacrificing power and space requirements."

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