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    2009 Ford Escape Hybrid

    Pros: System integration

    Cons: Accleration

    Best new vehicle I have ever bought.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 1 year
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    2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid - Base

    Pros: Interior room and all the gadgets.

    Cons: If I have to pick something it would be the wheels.

    Advice: Drive it.

    For a Hybrid car I think it is the best you can get. Rides quiet,got all the power I need.Interior looks really nice,got all the gadgets .Was a smart move going to the Fusion Hybrid.Driving like I normally do I'm getting 42MPG.Hope to get a little more in warmer climate.

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    2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid - Base

    Pros: 45 MPH in electric mode

    Cons: No pass-thru / fold down rear seats due to battery pack location - ski rack mandatory!

    Advice: Get the moon & tune package...well worth the extra $$$

    Best fuel economy in its class...good interior and trunk space. Interior could be a bit more upscale, but the gadgets certainly make up for it with a strong standard package including MS SYNC and reasonably priced upgrade moon & tune package that includes BLISS alert, backup camera, 12 speaker Sony stereo, moonroof, etc. The drive is great, with good handling and decent pep off the line. This car won't win any drag races, but can quickly get up and going with a strong electric drivetrain. 700 miles on a tank of gas?!! Oil prices are going back up...check this baby out and laugh at all the SUV driving Costco soccer moms filling up their tanks.

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    2005 Ford Escape - XLT 3.0L Automatic (400B) 4x4

    Pros: Appearance

    Cons: Cheap, flimsy feeling door handles and turn signal/wiper switches

    Advice: The white corrosion on the engine is harmless, just ugly. Ford mechanic said the Escape is probably their most reliable vehicle.

    I love the look of XLT and the secret compartment in the trunk is a nice touch. Dash is pleasant to look at and stereo sounds great once you tweak the bass and treble controls. Due to the compartment, bass is plenty. I think the audiophile's subwoofer is overkill in the limited model. 200hp engine has surprisingly take off power that sadly tapers off as the rpms get higher. Could use a little more power and that's probably why the 2009 model is 240hp with I think a 6 speed auto. Fuel economy is typical of a V6 4x4 vehicle this size. For the regular person that needs some extra people room and plenty of cargo space, this is ideal over a gas guzzling Explorer or Tahoe. Being taller than cars is nice to see far, especially when stuck in traffic and trying to see what's causing it. Ride is a bit rough but these are truck tires. It's not a Crown Victoria after all. I agree with a previous entry that air flow through would have been nice. Rear vents are needed. Personally I like the gray textured bumper on black paint. It makes a good color scheme in my opinion. Only odd thing I noticed is the engine has white corrosion on it and I noticed this on other Escapes too. Ford mechanic says it doesn't hurt anything. As far as interior, it looks nice but the pastic does feel cheap in some areas, especially the door handles and turn signal & wiper switches. I feel like I can break them off easily if I pulled too hard. One nice touch compared to a Jeep is the Escape's spare is a donut tire underneath versus a full size on the rear hatch. That might seem to be a disadvantage until you talk to a Jeep owner that had her $500 spare tire stolen off the back. Handling on this is very nimble and easy to park. I had a Ranger and it was not nearly as good in this category. All in all a good small SUV with a nice look for those that want to actually enjoy their car versus save 20% in gas costs. And if gas is important, get the look and features with the 4 cylinder model, even the manual tranny if you like. But for smoothness I preferred the V6.

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    2006 Ford Escape Hybrid - FWD

    Pros: Atkins drive train - can drive on electric battery only for short distances

    Cons: Cheap attachments (foam and plastic) of the carpet in trunk area

    Advice: Test drive one

    My wife and I really wanted a hybrid. We test drove several, but unfortunately, I have to do a lot of hauling and the Prius (our favorite vehicle) was just too small for me. The Escape Hybrid was perfect. I drive an SUV and get 33 mpg general and 30-31 mpg highway (28 mpg when driving almost exclusively uphill). I can still move couches and desks and can even fit a love seat with the doors all closed. Sits five more comfortably than the Prius as well. A few detractions. The carpet in the 'trunk' area is attached with plastic screws and styrofoam. That lasted about 3 months and the carpet repeatedly pulls off. The nav screen is small (about 1/3 the size of the Prius) and the map is small and CD-based. It gets confused often and is often a little off on the exits which requires you to be extra careful about where the exits are (sometimes you think there is another one in .1 or .2 miles and miss a turn). But it handles well and works great for me with all the extra loads that I often carry. When we upgrade my wife's car in the next 6-18 months, we'll get her a Prius, but after 2.5 years and 44K miles, this is my favorite car that I've owned in the last 20 years.

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    2005 Ford Escape - XLT 3.0L Automatic (310A) FWD

    Pros: Comfortable

    Cons: Does not have the key pad entry

    Advice: Ford does make good vehicles. We also have an Explorer with 191,000 miles.

    Purchased the vehicle new in 2005. To date I have 67,000 miles on the Escape with no repairs beyond regular maintenance. Since I drive a distance everyday to work I appreciate the average of 24 miles per gallon. I drive between 65 and 70mph which may help my gas mileage. To date I am very happy with my Escape.

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    2005 Ford Escape - XLT 2.3L Automatic (405A) 4x4

    Pros: Moon Roof! Works wonderfully! I really enjoy this feature, and I have only used my air-conditioning probably three times in the two years I've had this SUV!

    Cons: As above, by far the only thing but HUGE thing - no choice/option for setting the power locks to autolock for security reasons, etc.! ! ! !

    Advice: This is a high performance vehicle with great looks and great resale value!

    I love the look of the 2005. I have a 'Sonic Blue' XLT with leather, all-power windows/doors, 6-disc CD player(A must have!) and V6, etc. I just happened to get a moon roof with this Escape and I love it! I don't think I'll ever own another vehicle without one. The ride is very smooth and stable. Great turn radius. Aluminum rims with the bigger tires makes the look sleeker and sportier. Also, the spare tire is not a 'fake' temporary tire but an actual tire with an aluminum rim, the same as what's on the SUV. I was hoping on better gas mileage around town for this small SUV, but got about 17-18 MPH. A big ZERO, though and a most upseting omission on Ford Motor Co. part is pertaining to the power doors not having even the option for AUTOLOCK. I have always had autolocking vehicles before and as a single woman, have not had to think about locking my car once inside because I've always had vehicles that did that automatically. For whatever senseless reason, it was not put an option. I couldn't believe it. A 2005 vehicle NOT having a autolocking feature?!?! Even my daughter's Focus has it. Any car I know that has power locks now days, has autolocking! But not this Ford Escape. As with my daughter's 2003 Focus, I just assumed that in the manual there was a way to turn the autolocking feature on and off. But NOTHING. I called the dealer, they said it just wasn't on these Escapes. I even went as far as calling the Ford Motor Company, trying to understand their rationale(if any) behind NOT putting an autolocking feature on this vehicle even as an option to have on or off. They said that a lot of people have these disengaged, so they left it off. That's stupid. Why couldn't they have give ME the choice. After driving my otherwise beloved Escape for 2½ years now, I have YET to get in the habit of locking my doors after inside, 100% of the time, thus endangering my health. I'm about 75-80% now, remembering, but it would only take that one time to forget to become a victim. Shame on you Ford for not thinking of SECURITY by putting this feature on to either engage or disengage at MY CHOICE. That's the only think about this vehicle that totally, absolutely does NOT make sense to me! Otherwise, I am in love with my Escape!