The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport gets EPA ratings up to 25 mpg city, 28 highway, 26 combined. The off-road ready compact crossover shares many of the same parts as the 2020 Ford Escape, including the 181-horsepower 1.5-liter turbo-3 base engine that earns those ratings.
The larger 245-hp 2.0-liter turbo-4 standard in the top Badlands trim gets 21/26/23 mpg.
The 2020 Escape gets 26/31/28 mpg when equipped with the 1.5-liter turbo-3. Both models use an 8-speed automatic transmission and this rating applies to the all-wheel-drive system standard on the Bronco Sport. The Escape comes standard with front-wheel drive and a 27/33/30 mpg rating, but for shoppers who want to optimize fuel economy, the redesigned 2020 Escape comes as a hybrid that peaks at 44/37/41 mpg, or a plug-in hybrid that gets 37 miles of all-electric range or a combined 41 mpg with gas only.
But the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport does things the Escape cannot, namely go off-roading in conditions more extreme than a…