The 2013 Ford Escape with the 2.0 liter EcoBoost turbocharged 4-cylinder engine allows the model to tow 3,500 pounds – bet in class among small SUVs.
“The next closest competitor, the Volkswagen Tiguan, has a tow rating of just 2,200 pounds, while turbocharged versions of Kia Sportage and Acura RDX have tow ratings of 2,000 pounds and 1,500 pounds respectively,” Ford said in a statement.
The towing capacity is roughly equal to two jet skis or a snowmobile and the trailer that they ride on.
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“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 2.0 liter EcoBoost in the Ford Escape produces 237-hp and 250 lb-ft of torque.
Refresher: The 2013 Ford Escape has dropped V6 and Hybrid variants and has opted to go the all 4-cylinder route. The lineup include a 2.5 liter Duratec, 175-hp 1.6 liter EcoBoost and a 237-hp 2.0 liter EcoBoost. All engine choices are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
– By: Omar Rana