I assume you have FWD, based on your comments (correct me if that's not so). What mileage do you get right now (no past averages) for pure highway driving on a flat road at a steady 65 mph? That figure is the most readily compared from vehicle to vehicle, because "city" and overall average conditions, and driving habits, vary greatly.
Note that third-party testing and owner experience have shown that the EPA highway figures for the various Escape configurations are fairly accurate (that is, achievable), but the city figures, and therefore the overall averages, are too high. According to Consumer Reports, the 1.6L Escape gets only 15 mpg in the city, but 31 mpg on the highway. That's the price of a responsive turbo.
2013 Sterling Gray Metallic Escape SEL 2.0L 4WD w/Equipment Group 302A, Panorama Roof, Ford OEM Cargo Area Protector, Ford OEM Splash Guards, WeatherTech All-Weather Floor Mats (front only), Ford OEM Center Console Tray, Aluminum Pedal Covers, Fitted LED DRLs