2013 Ford Escape with EcoBoost out tows the competition

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Ford has stated in a press release that the all-new 2013 Ford Escape will have a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds when equipped with the optional 2.0L EcoBoost engine. That’s a full 1,300 pounds more than the Escape’s closest competitor, the Volkswagen Tiguan, which is only capable of towing 2,200 pounds. The Kia Sportage and Acura RDX have tow ratings of 2,000 and 1,500 pounds, respectively.

The Ford Escape’s tow rating is around the same weight as two trailered personal watercrafts. This towing feat is made possible by the small SUV’s class-exclusive sway control and the four cylinder EcoBoost that is packing 237 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. This turbocharged 2.0L engine is replacing the 3.0L V6 engine in the current Escape, amazingly with no loss of power and with fuel economy higher than the V6’s 19 city mpg and 25 highway mpg.

“Smaller-displacement engines have a fundamental efficiency advantage,” said Roger Maynard, powertrain supervisor for the 2013 Ford Escape. “These inherent efficiencies are improved with the EcoBoost technology of direct fuel injection and turbocharging.”

The 2013 Ford Escape will also offer two more four cylinder engines: the 1.6L EcoBoost delivering 177 hp and a naturally aspirated 2.5L that makes 171 hp. The Escape should hit showroom floors this spring, which is just in time to test out the towing capacity with your newest toys.


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  (445) posted on 04.17.2012

Its power comes hand in hand with reliability, and that’s what I like about it. There is no space for competition.

  (444) posted on 04.13.2012

I believe that this is so so competitive just because of its name and manufacturer.

  (595) posted on 04.12.2012

Wow, it stayed true to its name! I suggest Ford to work better on its style, by the way.

  (401) posted on 03.22.2012

This isn’t only powerful in terms of performance but also in capability. This is why I like Ford’s SUVs.

  (579) posted on 03.20.2012

This is perfect. They have made each of its aspects competitive. I’m not really a critic, so I mostly just enjoy what I see; this Escape has it all.

  (474) posted on 03.18.2012

Although its style isn’t appealing as it’s not its highlight, I think the performance is really promising. The facts and figures indicated caught my interest.

  (4) posted on 03.16.2012

I don’t even log in here but I had to for this one...


Tiguan - 2,200 lbs
CR-V - 1,500 lbs
Rav4 - 1,500 lbs
Equinox/Terrain - 3,500 lbs
Sportage/Tucson - 2,000 lbs
Outlander - 1,500 lbs
Liberty/Nitro - 5,000 lbs
CX-5 - 2,000 lbs
Escape - 3,500 lbs

The new Escape is TIED for SECOND best in class. And those figures shown above are all with the base motors. Most of which are in the 160-180hp range. The 237hp Ecoboost is NOT the base motor in the Escape.

And two 3-passenger PWC on a trailer is about 2,000 lbs. Two 2-passenger PWC on a trailer is about 1,750 lbs.

3,500 lbs is about the weight of an 18 foot I/O boat w/ trailer...

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