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Pros: Exterior trendy look
Advice: Buy itThis SUV is beautiful, it's the bigger in its class, the most sell small SUV. I love the leather, the V6 engine power, smooth ride, very quiet interior while you are either on and off road. I loved the limited edition since is body color bumpers and it comes very well equiped. I think is the best looking and the coolest SUV out there. If you test drive it, you buy it.
Pros: The hybrid functionality; gas engine turns off at low speeds.
Cons: The speedometer needle is too wide for the mph increments.
Advice: Consider if the added expense is worth it to you; consider 4WD if expense is no object.I have owned my 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid since June 2005 and am very happy with it. I primarily use it on Rte 9, west of Boston, MA---a busy commuter road, and am averaging about 31mpg. I recently drove it to/from upstate NY, and found it very comfortable during the 700 miles I drove [round-trip]. My previous car was a 2004 Chevrolet Blazer. I did not like it as much as my 1989 Blazer, and my wife did not like it at all; plus it had several annoying mechanical problems. So given rising gas prices, we traded it in for the hybrid. The Escape Hybrid has curb appeal, decent acceleration, excellent braking, and handles well in the rain. The headlights provide excellent night-time lighting, and cargo room is very good. Friends (and wife) say the leg room in front and back is excellent. The driver seat is easily adjustable for a comfortable ride. The computer information center is easy to use and provides accurate information on gas usage and other things. The workmanship is pretty good. Nothings seems cheap or poorly put-together. I miss a few things that my Blazer had, such as a thermometer to tell me the outside temperature, a nice CD storage compartment, and handy coin slots. I also will probably miss the 4wd this winter, but I just couldn't afford the extra money for the Escape-4WD. On the other hand, I get better gas milage with the front-wheel-drive. Only deficiencies I have noted: While acceleration is decent, the 4-cylinder engine does have problems on long hills, and the speedometer needle is as wide as the mph increments. It is hard to tell if you are going 66mph or 69mph. Overall, I am pleased with the car and recommend it to others.
Pros: The appearance
Cons: The distance between the driver's seat and the steering wheel is not enough.
Advice: Dont expect any large discounts in purchasing.I purchased the SUV for my wife. After test driving several SUV's, and a lot of convincing, she finally gave in and agreed with me to purchase the Ford Escape SUV. The handling I feel was excellent. With the ever ending increases in gas prices, we made the best decision in purchasing the Escape Hybrid. The change from gas to electric and back to gas felt very smooth and exciting to drive. The car looks great and the performance of the 4 cylinder is better than what I expected, (if you expect it to perform like of 6 cylinder then you should buy a 6 cylinder, you get what you buy).
Pros: comfort and room for gear
Cons: the transmission going...I bought a new vehcile so I didn't have to be without the car this is the car we expected to drive for at least the next 25000 miles before repairs! Not 5000 miles!
Advice: hope & pray you don't have a problem I feel like I am the only one that did since I cannot find many more disatisfied peopleI bought this vehicle back in April. We feel in love with it. Took it on many road trips this summer including one from NY to ME. Very comfortable ride and our camping stuff fit great! Last weekend after returning from an overnight camping trip the car slipped into neutral. We had to stop the vehicle and turn it off. We turned it back on and it was fine but it wouldn't come out of 2nd gear after that. So we called road side service to have it put on a flat bed back to the dealership. I am very disappointed:-(. We were inconvienced since this is our only vehicle we had no way home or how were we going to get a rental if at all any. We did get a vehicle from the dealership the next day a ford Taurus but we go biking there is no way to put our bike hitch on this car. That is why we bought the escape! I should have been given an escape or something better I think. Especially since I have only made 4 payments on this thing! The dealership said it was a bad part in the transmission and they would fix it. They did that today and went on a test drive and it was great. 25 miles later the transmission stopped working again. I think I should be offered a new car. Ford said they would offer me a new car but haven't seen anything yet! I am a little upset with this vehicle. I am glad so many other people are satisfied with theirs and are having good luck! I wish I did!!!!! Because I really liked this car and still do!
Pros: Tinted windows and power door locks - I was driving a base model pickup for 10+ yrs.
Cons: Center console as I prefer bench seats.
Advice: Shop around! You can save thousands by finding the right dealer.I've had my 2006 Escape Hybrid since the beginning of July. So far, I love it. There is no problem with the pick up or handling, it is large enough to carry what I need, but small enough to easily find curb parking. The gas mileage is also great for an SUV; with a mix of city and highway driving I consistently get more than 30 mpg. It is important to drive for the hybrid technology to increase efficiency, but even if I decide to ignore efficiency, I still average around 28-29 mpg. Also, temperature extremes will limit the mpg. It is a great choice if you want the decreased emissions without compromise of safety or elevated driver's view.
Pros: fuel economy
Cons: arm distance to steering wheel.
Advice: buy it before the Fedl tax deduction expires so the hybrid expense will pay itself off in 2 yrs.After 9 full months of driving, I am averaging 32.4 mpg. I live in suburban NJ, where 50% of my miles are below 50 mph, and 30% are around 65 mph. My only complaint is the distance to the steering wheel. I am 5'8', and when i sit a comfortable distance back (face about 16' back from the steering wheel), my arms are almost completely stretched out when at the classic 10-2 position. I have a comfortable bend in them only when my hands are at the 8-4 position. Other than than, I am very happy with it, and have had no problems. Cold weather (below 40 degrees) and hot weather (above 90 degrees) will lower your gas economy because the battery is iess efficient in cold, and requires cooling in extreme heat. I would think californians would get the best mileage, which may explain why Ford did their trials there.
Pros: CVT and Toyota Hybrid system.
Cons: the name Ford.
Advice: Watch out for uneducated reviews on hybrids.This drove similar to my 2002 Prius. Same drive train, but AWD. If you need an AWD car and want efficiency this is certainly a good prospect. Consumers Reports wrongly reported it to be the same as the normal Escape when it comes to NTHSA rollover ratings. They lumped it in with the normal Escape. This has a lower center of gravity due to the battery pack in the rear. Unfortunately I did not know that and canceled my order for one. MISTAKE on my part. I would get one now though since I now know Consumers reports is not accurate.