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Pros: The mileage computer which reminds me to pace my driving.
Cons: The air conditioner doesn't put out as much cooling on battery power.
Advice: Buy while you can get the $2600 tax credit.I love my Escape Hybrid. Over the years I have owned a Ford F-150, Ford Bronco V-8, Ford Bronco II, and a Chevy Tracker. As I moved to smaller vehicles, I got better gas mileage, but even the Tracker only achieved 25-27 mpg over the 5 years and 70,000 miles I put on it. My wife and I just got back to Duarte, CA from a 1000 mile trip to Reno, NV. We averaged 32.7 mpg on the trip north and 34.3 mpg for the overall trip. The driving was mostly on highways and going up and down hills. We even drove up to the East entrance to Mamouth which is over 9800 feet. I did not drive over 65 mph and carefully used my brakes to charge the batteries going down the hills. The Escape Hybrid is a fun vehicle to drive.
Advice: shop aroundThis suv handled very well,lack of power on hills until you kick it.It is like you have a hole in the tank for the milage is really bad,the only car that gets just what the sticker says no matter how you drive.The brake are really noisy when backing up.transmission is so-so-.They could of added more storage space for the driver.All in all I love the car ,but I'm ready to trade.
Pros: Passenger Car-Like Handling, appearance
Cons: Very Noisy & Harsh Continental Tires
Advice: Be prepared to buy new tires! The Original (Continental) Tires are terrible. Replace the tires and you will have a MUCH quieter and softer riding SUVVery enjoyable driving experience. Drives and handles like a passenger car. V6 very fast but just OK on Gas mileage (18 mixed city/highway Long Island area) and a bit noisy on hard acceleration. Leather interior very comfortable and looks sharp. Small SUV on the outside, but very roomy inside. The original Tires (Continental) are terrible; very harsh and noisy ride. After changing the tires, it was like driving a different vehicle; much softer and quieter ride, though still some wind noise on windy days at 65 mph. (I never knew how important tires are regarding the ride quality). No outside temperature or compass; I bought a new rear mirror on ebay.
Pros: The standard radio - great sound and it plays mp3 CD's
Cons: The optional AC outlet is probably not worth it- it maxes out at 150Watts, so it can't run a lot of things
Advice: Expect mileage of about 25-28 mpg for typical driving. Expect lower mileage in the winter, as the car only runs on battery if the engine is warm enough. In severely cold weather, it stays on engine way longer than I expected-The Hybrid Escape definitely has more 'umph' than you think of a hybrid as having. If needed, it is able to accelerate and marge into fast-moving traffic. -However, living in Colorado, I do find it has difficulty making it up I-70 to the mountains with the rest of the traffic - I usually keep it to about 60mph or the engine revs scarily high. -The gas mileage is much lower than the estimates. I get: 25 mpg solid highway driving and 28 mpg on mixed highway and local, and that's with me accelerating rather gently (as opposed to my husband who jams down the gas and gets more like 24-26mpg) -If you fold the seats down you get lots of room, but there's nowhere to put the headrests, so I shove 2 of them behind the front seat, and have to leave one in the garage.
Pros: Premium leather package and exterior looks
Cons: Inaccurate estimated gas mileage
Advice: Consider the difference from a 4 cyl to a 6 cylI bought the 2006 Escape Hybrid in November of 2005 and so far I am fairly pleased with it's overall looks and performance. However, the estimated MPG, in my experience, is not at all accurate. I am averaging 27.2 MPG and can only recall 1 instance when I reached 29 MPG. This is all highway driving, but I have never averaged more than that whether it's city or highway. I also felt that it didn't hug the road at higher speeds (granted I was descending down the Grapevine in Los Angeles and it is very steep)to the point that I felt a little uneasy. The Winding of the transmission (because it is a 4 cylindar) is a little hard to get used to as well. I did get the premium leather package, Navigation and all of the bells and whistles, and as my first brand new vehicle I am pretty happy.
Cons: cup holders need more room
Advice: worth the waitIt was strange driving when the engine shut off, but you get use to it quickly. I have the 4wd model,purchased in May 2005, average @ 28 mpg. Best mpg 34 while city driving. Mpg goes down @ 5 mpg when if is 20 degrees or lower.
Pros: Power and handling. 2005 redesign for interior/exterior.
Cons: The gas tank is way too small for the real world mileage.
Advice: If you want a smaller SUV with good power and handling, you should check out the Escape.The Escape is much better than I was expecting. Strong engine power. Excellent handling without harsh ride. Not the tippy feeling of SUV driving. Small size is not too small, but spacious interior. Great fog lights. Tight turning radius. O/E Tires are very noisy and not confidence inspiring in the wet. I bought new Firestone tires. Quiet after unloading junk tires. With the V6 engine, I wasn't expecting Honda CRV gas mileage. But the gas mileage is not much better than my 2002 Grand Cherokee 4x4. The difference here is that the Jeep has a larger gas tank capacity. Wish the ventilation system had flow thru. Overall, a fun driving SUV that will surprise you at how well it goes about its operation.