You may not remember it unless you owned one, but Ford introduced the world’s first gas-electric SUV with the 2005 Escape Hybrid. With an EPA rating of 33 miles per gallon at the time (or 29 mpg if measured by the agency’s current practices), it trounced the equivalent gas-only Escape by up to 10 mpg.
Now, after a seven-year hiatus, the Escape Hybrid is back. Ford fully redesigned the Escape compact crossover lineup for the 2020 model year, and a gas-electric powertrain has returned to the mix. Thanks to the latest hybrid technology, its fuel economy now soars past 40 mpg in EPA testing — once again, an advantage of around 10 mpg. Read on to learn more about how the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid blends useful spaciousness with stellar fuel efficiency, and how it compares against its fellow small crossovers.