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2007 Ford Escape Hybrid Review

Green Utility Vehicle

In short: Compact car fuel economy in an SUV body.

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.

Read a review of the 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid FWD
and the 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid 4WD

Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty; 3-year/36,000 powertrain warranty.

Base Price: $25,600 /As tested: $29,705

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 5-door SUV

Engine: 2.3-liter inline-4 with electric motor
Horsepower: 133 bhp @ 6000 rpm (gas);
94 bhp @ 3000-5000 rpm (electric)
Torque: 129 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm (gas);
N/A (electric)

Transmission: Continuously Variable

Curb weight: 3,627 lbs
Wheelbase: 103.1 in
174.9/70.1/70.4 in
Turning circle: 37.7 ft

Brakes: four-wheel disc with ABS and regenerative braking
Suspension: independent front and rear

Traction: n/a
front air bags, optional front side air bags, optional side curtain air bags

0-60 mph: 10.2 seconds (est.)
Top Speed: 102 mph (governed)

EPA City: 36 mpg
EPA Highway: 31 mpg

Likes: hybrid system; stellar fuel economy useful space

Dislikes: crummy interior; awful optional navigation system; pricey

The 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid at the LA Auto Show
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(Updated: 12/15/11 NW)

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