2007 Ford Escape Hybrid Review
Green Utility Vehicle
The Ford Escape Hybrid is the cleanest and most fuel-efficient SUV in the world—at least according to Ford, and it’s hard to argue. Achieving approximately 80 percent better fuel economy in city driving than the V6 Escape, at 36 mpg city and 31 mpg highway, this gasoline-electric version of Ford’s successful compact sport ute sips gas at a rate far better than most subcompact cars. If you do a lot of driving in the city, there simply is no other vehicle that offers this type of efficiency and space.
The down side to the Escape is its crummy interior with rock-hard plastics that look and feel cheap. The optional navigation system with its hybrid energy read-outs is pathetically archaic looking and would be funny if it wasn’t such a huge waste of money. There are cell phones with bigger display screens. Needless to say, skip that options box.
The good news is that a heavily revised Escape (see below) will be arriving in dealerships soon with an entirely new (and dramatically improved) interior. Also, the cutesy exterior has been beefed up. The hybrid system will essentially remain the same, making the 2008 Escape Hybrid the model to wait for.
Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty; 3-year/36,000 powertrain warranty.