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Efficient, comfortable and surprisingly fun
Pros: Solid refinement.
Cons: The hybrid's batteries eliminate the fold down rear seats.Having initially decided to purchase a BMW, we were intrigued by the press the Fusion Hybrid was receiving. We were pleasantly surprised with the drive, comfort and quality, and the promised efficiency and low emissions made us feel like it was the right thing to do. The technology and features were impressive, and fully loaded it saved us more than $10,000 over our chosen BMW. Figure in the fuel savings and the cost benefit multiplies. Our long term average is 34 mpg in LA driving, with our best tank at 39. We have not been disappointed. Supremely quiet and composed, very comfortable, with a stable and fun to toss platform, quality materials and an intuitive and comprehensive navigation and Sync system, it's a great place to spend time.
Pros: Versatile--very well designed easy back seat removal for flat fold down
Cons: ROAD NOISE/wind noise...lack of soundproofing!... tested a 2010 and it was MUCH better4 cylinder 5 speed stick shift...171,000 miles with original brakes, shocks, battery and clutch.....actual mileage has been 24 to 28 mpg
Pros: System integration
Cons: AcclerationBest new vehicle I have ever bought.
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.
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.
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.
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 oneMy 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.