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Shorty hit the nail on the head. Also make sure your aliment is good, even being off by a little can kill MPG. Driveing at 55 helps a lot too.
But keep in mind that old MPG stats do not apply today with all the ethanol in gas today. I get about 8% more MPG in my 2019 fiesta with ethanol free gas and I'm sure its worse on a escort.
 

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Headers will help but make the exhaust noticeably louder by your feet and you have to change out the majority of your exhaust so you really have to weigh the cost of parts vs the minor fuel benefit, this is one of those things that's done with power in mind first.
I put a GT header on my CFI 88 and all I had to do was remove the stock cat/downpide and block off the EGR. Granted that is not always an option.
 

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I second the 4/5 speed swap. 4 speed if you do a lot of highway travel and don’t have steep hills.
Other then what been already said fully synthetic oil can help free up a mpg or 2 vs conventional oil. Moving to a thinner oil can make a difference too but I wouldn’t recommend that.
 
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