2013 Ford Escape SUV officially rated at 23/33 MPG

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The U.S. EPA has just officially rated the new 2013 Ford Escape SUV at 23 miles per gallon in the city and 33 miles per gallon on the highway, making it the most fuel efficient SUV on the market. But you have to realize that the 2013 Ford Escape is considered to be a “small SUV” with a small engine.

The contribution to the low gas mileage for the 2013 Ford Escape SUV is the new 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine producing ample power of 178 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The small engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain setup makes the 2013 Ford Escape SUV surpassed the Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 in MPG ratings.

With a manual transmission, the 2013 Ford Escape SUV can even reach about 36 miles per gallon on the highway. But Ford is not offering a manual transmission at this point. However, the company offers other more powerful engines for the 2013 Ford Escape SUV, which is equally impressive in the fuel economy department: a 2.5-liter base engine is rated at 22/31 mpg, and the range-topping 2.0-liter EcoBoost with 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque is rated at 22/30 mpg.

TheĀ 2013 Ford Escape SUV will arrive in U.S. dealerships next month, and it will come with a new liftgate with motion-sensing technology and an upgraded MyFord Touch system to connect digital devices.