If you thought you knew everything about the new 2013 Ford Escape here is one more fun fact about it. Ecoboost is really putting together some good power for those of you who need towing.
The 2013 Ford Escape will have a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds when equipped with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, Ford said on Wednesday.
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.
Escape’s greater towing capability is roughly equal to two jet skis or a snowmobile and the trailer they ride on. The ability to carry greater loads will save Escape drivers both time and fuel by reducing the number of trips needed. Travel is also made safer with trailer sway control, a class-exclusive feature among small SUVs with turbocharged four-cylinder engines.
The EcoBoost engine replaces the 3.0-liter V6 in the current Escape without giving up power. The turbocharged 2.0-liter is rated at 237 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. Ford says fuel economy will be higher than the previous V6-powered Escape’s ratings of 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.
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