By Chris Woodyard
Ford is touting how its 237-horsepower EcoBoost turbocharged engine can tow 3,500 pounds when it comes to the new version of the Escape small crossover.
Ford says that’s best among other small sport utilities with turbocharged engines, such as the Volkswagen Tiguan. It can tow 2,200 pounds. Turbocharged versions of Kia Sportage and Acura RDX have tow ratings of 2,000 pounds and 1,500 pounds, respectively, according to Ford.
Even at 3,500, you’ll be fairly limited as to what you can tow. That big trailer will probably have to stay home. But Ford says it’s good enough to tow personal watercraft or a snowmobile on a trailer.
The 2-liter EcoBoost engine replaces the 3-liter V-6 engine in the current Escape. While it hasn’t been rated yet, Ford is confident that gas mileage will exceed the V-6’s 19 miles per gallon in the city, 25 mpg on the highway.
Ford is clearly banking that its EcoBoost will prove as popular as it has in the F-Series pickups, where it now accounts for more than half of sales. But Escape will have other engine choices, too, including a smaller, 177-horsepower EcoBoost. There will be non-turbocharged 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that will produce 171 horsepower. All three engines are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.