2011 2.5L highway performance

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2011 2.5L highway performance

Postby backroad101 - February 24th, 2021, 12:27 pm

Been a while since I have posted.

I am looking to see if there is anything I can do to improved the highway (passing) performance on my 2011 2.5L Escape. I currently drive a 07 Scion tC to work because of the distance I drive and to keep wear and tear of the Escape and my other (fun) car. The thing I like about the tC is, at 70mph, I can step on the gas a little and can adequately pass someone to 80mph with only and additional 500ish rpm increase with no downshifting. On my Escape it downshifts and takes an additional 2000-2500 rpm to pass to 80mph. It screams and is annoying every time I want to pass. I am looking to consolidate cars and would like to keep the Escape to drive to work, but man not if this is what it takes to get it to pass on the highway. It is fine for the most part around town

So anything I can do for under $1000? Tune? CAI? Grounding throttle body? I like the escape and it's utility but man

2011 Escape XLT

Silver. 2.5L Sun and Sync package. 18" Mazdaspeed3 wheels/Falken tires/Ford center caps. Body color grille, billet upper and lower inserts, chrome door handle and mirror covers, custom engine cover, Class III hitch.
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Re: 2011 2.5L highway performance

Postby vpasla1 - February 24th, 2021, 6:50 pm

Similar horsepower and torque between the two, but the Escape is much heavier. You'll also get more wind resistance with it. I didn't look at the rpm range, but I wouldn't be surprised if the escape needs to have higher rpms to make the same power.

The main kicker is the transmission. The Escape is a 6 speed, but the Scion is a 4 speed. The more gears you have, the more you have to downshift in order to get torque, so I wouldn't be surprised if your Escape was shifting to 4th. Also 2,000-2,500rpms? So you're going around 5,000rpms just to speed up 10mph?

Also, I wouldn't be surprised if the tC was geared more aggressively. The Escape will never feel as quick as the tC no matter what you do.

My guess would be to help the engine breathe better. A CAI won't really help with performance, it might sound nicer though.

Hopefully someone can chime in with more information on how to help.

There are a few threads on the first page in this subforum that might help guide you.
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Re: 2011 2.5L highway performance

Postby backroad101 - February 27th, 2021, 10:08 pm

Anyone have thoughts or experience with these

20-2599 K&N THROTTLE CONTROL MODULE

https://www.knfilters.com/20-2599-k-n-t ... rol-module

Or

Pedal Commander PC18 Bluetooth


https://pedalcommander.com/products/ped ... xlt~qj_2-5

2011 Escape XLT

Silver. 2.5L Sun and Sync package. 18" Mazdaspeed3 wheels/Falken tires/Ford center caps. Body color grille, billet upper and lower inserts, chrome door handle and mirror covers, custom engine cover, Class III hitch.
https://www.escape-city.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=23610
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Re: 2011 2.5L highway performance

Postby backroad101 - May 3rd, 2021, 3:25 pm

backroad101 wrote:Anyone have thoughts or experience with these

20-2599 K&N THROTTLE CONTROL MODULE

https://www.knfilters.com/20-2599-k-n-t ... rol-module

Or

Pedal Commander PC18 Bluetooth


https://pedalcommander.com/products/ped ... xlt~qj_2-5



I ended up getting the K&N. Found for $220 when most are selling for $300 Installed it Saturday. Did not permanently install, going to try it out in different driving conditions over a week. Initially is seems to work. Will see how I like it overall in a week or 2

2011 Escape XLT

Silver. 2.5L Sun and Sync package. 18" Mazdaspeed3 wheels/Falken tires/Ford center caps. Body color grille, billet upper and lower inserts, chrome door handle and mirror covers, custom engine cover, Class III hitch.
https://www.escape-city.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=23610
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