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Pros: Optional sound / nav system
Cons: No engine temp gauge
Advice: Don't expect to achieve EPA mileage numbersI ordered my FWD Escape Hybrid in mid-Oct 2004, and it came in on Dec 10. Not a bad wait (2 months). I love the engineering that makes changing between gas and electric power a cinch, but I was unable to option-up to what I would have liked: Unavailable were stability control, satellite radio, heated seats, driver memory, power passenger seat, rear climate/audio controls, and there are no lights on the vanity mirrors. Ford missed an opportunity to improve the cabin when they re-designed the Escape for 2005 - they placed the parking brake handle on the center consol, instead of making it a pedal on the floor. It takes up space that would be better used for storage or better cup holders. I've been getting 24-27 mpg in mostly stop and go local driving, which is disappointing compared with the 36 mpg city rating the EPA gave the Hybrid Escape. I love the high-end sound and nav system with 6 changer CD, and cruising parking lots as quiet as a golf cart.
Pros: The radio and the speaker system !
Cons: No ash tray and lighter !
Advice: Buy it it is a great vehicle !This Suv is a great truck. It has alot of room and is comfort when driving long distance. The gas mileage is great to ! We drove it up in Appleton when they had a ice storm and we never lost control and it stopped without slidding.Great Truck !
Pros: Fuel economy
Cons: can't think of anything
Advice: Do it!We have had this vehgicle just three weeks and have found that it really is everything they say about it. Good fuel economy, very comfortable seating, enough cargo room for our business, superior handling. The only comparison would have been a non-hybrid SUV which were plentiful, but not the direction we wanted to go. I personally was impressed with Prius as a personal vehicle and that is what made me consider the Ford Escape Hybrid SUV for our business. Incidentally, our business is passenger transportation from Portland, Maine to the Boston and Manchester, N.H. Airports as well as special charter work. Mermaid Transportation is the first company in Maine to use a Ford Escape Hybrid SUV for commercial passenger use. Steve Klein President
Pros: Visability and comfort in driving
Cons: Could use more comfortable seats.
Advice: I would say to a potential buyer that the car is great, the XLT is better but if you prefer to get better gas milage, your not losing much in the XLS.I purchased the XLS which has a 4 cyl. engine and front wheel drive. I would say that the car handles great and is a pleasure to drive. The 4 cyl. engine gets great gas milage, but struggles somewhat up steep hills. But the confort and pleasure that accompanies the drive well makes up for its struggles.
Pros: The gas engine turns off and there is complete silence as though the vehicle is not on
Cons: Don't like the fact you MUST go to specified Ford Dealerships for service
Advice: Do your research.. serious buyers put your name on waiting list... Enjoy the rideOur test drive came when we purchased this vehicle. We waited for two years for this vehicle to come into production and we are glad we waited. Performance is a whole lot better than we expected. Passing on the highway is smoothe with no hesitation. I must say that pick up from a stationary position is not as easy as a regular gas engine (because the electric engine kicks in before the gas), but it will get some getting use to. Road noise is a little annoying at times (especailly when the radio is off), but this is expected as it is not a luxury vehicle. Overall... great SUV. I never thought I would own a SUV, but now I do and I love this one. Way to go Ford.. you have set the bar for others to beat.
Pros: The fact that i can drive this car from New York to L.A with less than 5 tanks of gas :)
Cons: The way the engine works. It's a little unnerving the first while.
Advice: Be sure to get the proper warranty so that the special hybrid parts are covered.The acceleration, power and overall behavior of the car and its suspension pleasantly surprised me. I got into the Hybrid as a critic and came out very pleased. I really think now that this is the kind of car everyone will be driving within only a few years. If i was actually looking for a brand new car, i'd buy this one. This vehicle really IS an SUV that consumes very little gas and offers all the features of a normal SUV. While you can't quite expect the acceleration and torque to equal to that of a full-gasoline car; the strength of the hybrid was a surprise. It certainly matches...say...a 2001 Tracker. which is good; as long as you're not looking to race this vehicle uphill. Overall, mechanically it does seem to work as well as any other SUV. Also, if you are mechanically inclined: don't worry about not understanding what is going on under the hood. you can get a basic knowledge of it in under 5 minutes if you actually get to look at the engine(s). seriously, it's surprisingly simple. Esthetically, this is a good looking car. The exterior is neat and aerodynamic and the enterior is roomy and comfortable. new generation features and all. no complaints. The only problem during the entire drive was a psychological one; the way the engine switched from electric to gas automatically and how quiet it was when the car would roll to a stop was almost scary. But after about 20 minutes, i got almost used to it. if i had a few more days, i'd probably get used to it completely. Also, that scared feeling would probably fade away if i actually owned the car and drove it past a gas station once in a while. Because what that technological-quiet equals money being saved. and that annoyingly familiar dependance on the pump fading, of course.
Pros: Running board on both sides of vehicle.
Cons: No place to put my pocketbook when I have a front seat passenger.
Advice: If your a woman, consider the Chevy Equinox.I own this vehicle. I like the ride, and the gas mileage, however the only fault I find with the ford vehicles, is that there is no place to put a hand bag that keeps it in close proximity to the driver's seat. Chevy has a space between the seats of their Equinox. That may become my next vehicle only because of the place given for the purse or briefcase. Ford should take note that many women purchase their vehicles and therefore, they should pay attention to the things that women need, as well as what the male population desires. THanks. i OW