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 |  Mar 16 2012, 10:01 AM

Ford has just announced the 2013 Escape will get an official tow rating of 3,500 lbs., which makes it best-in-class out of all small turbocharged SUVs – an rather obscure statistic.

The Escape used to be powered by a 3.0L V6, and carried a 3,500 lbs. tow rating, same as the new Escape. Now with Ford’s 2.0L Ecoboost, the engine is downsized to provide better fuel economy and still give Escape owners 3,500lbs. of towing capability. The 2.0L Ecoboost makes 237 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque, and is mated to a six speed automatic transmission.

“Smaller-displacement engines have a fundamental efficiency advantage,” said Roger Maynard, Powertrain supervisor for the 2013 Ford Escape.

The Volkswagen Tiguan, Kia Sportage and Acura RDX are the closest competitors to the Escape (all being either turbocharged or offering turbo versions), but all fall short by at least 1,300 lbs. worth of towing capability.

  • Matt

    “Ford has just announced the 2013 Escape will get an official tow rating of 3,500 lbs., which makes it best-in-class out of all small turbocharged SUVs – an rather obscure statistic”.

    With todays gas prices I doubt many people whom are in the market for this class of SUV are going to be looking at towing capacity. Most will be wanting to know what are the MPG’s.

  • Jon

    Yes MPG’s are on my list but if I have the Escape on my list of vehicles to test drive/ compare and it can tow more than half a ton than the others it sure gets the nod for me. I tow something at least 6 times a yr. and knowing that I won’t have to flinch when renting a uhaul, hitching up my do-it-all tilt trailer is a big plus in my decision.

  • Jeremy

    Towing is something I am looking at also along with Fuel Economy.

  • Martin

    Why so slow at releasing fuel economy ratings? I was seriously considering this vehicle but got tired of waiting for info from Ford. Bought the Mazda CX5 a few days ago. It can tow 2k lbs. Granted is it significantly less powerful than the ford with a 2L, so it will struggle more, but at least I know I can do it in a pinch. Would have waited a few more weeks if Ford would have released some info sooner on pricing and fuel economy. I just noticed that at least the pricing is finally on their website. What’s the fuel economy Ford and what is the actual release date??????

  • Jay

    Are they afraid to release the MPG numbers while 2012′s are on the lot?
    The “Kuga” is listed at 47 mpg (IMP GAL & 95 OCTANE) and I’m hoping that will translate to 35 mpg here in the US ( UG GAL, 83 OCTANE w/ 10% ETHANOL & AIR PUMP EMISSIONS)

  • TitaniumMan

    Just purchased a 2013 Titanium Escape. I plan to trade in my 28 ft motor home and get a small travel trailer in the 2,500 lb class to pull. Having pulled trailers with a suburban in years past and knowing the stability that is achieved with that vehicle I know the Escape will have limitations. We’ll see how the new rig works out. If anyone has a suggestion on lightweight travel trailers under 3K pounds I would like to hear about them.

  • Duchessfortyplus

    Check out the Koala Eco Camp made by Skyline. very light weight with aluminum construction. I recently purchased one and towed it with my 2009 Escape. It handled quite well, although power decreased somewhat when going up mountain passes.  I think the new 2013 Escape should handle even better.