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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.
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.
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!
Pros: It has great 'get-up-and-go' power around town.
Cons: The price
Advice: Don't buy FordI liked it. Leather interior, pretty comfortable. Test drove in April, so there was no need to test the A/C
Pros: Not sure.
Cons: Poor gas mileage and performance.
Advice: Don't buy an Escape Hybrid - just get a better quality compact SUV.I bought my 2006 Escape Hybrid 4WD in November of 2006 with high expectations, and have been very disappointed. After 5K miles of driving (combination of highway and city) the vehicle has gotten, at best, 26 - 27 MPG. In addition, I have had to install additional soundproofing to the vehicle to reduce the very excessive engine and road noise at higher speeds on the highway. While the general quality of the vehicle is OK, the Escape Hybrid has not performed as advertised. Tim in Colorado.
Cons: seats a bit too firm
Advice: If you want plenty of room without guzzling gas, this is the right vehicle for you.My favorite part of this SUV is by far the gas mileage. My average mpg for driving 3000 miles from May through September was 35 mpg. The vehicle got a bit lower mileage when new (31.0 mpg over the first 3000 miles) and gets lower mpg in cold weather (30.7 over it's first winter). I find the driver's seat a little too firm, but still tolerable even for extended periods of driving (5 hours). Based on my experience over the last year and a half of ownership, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this vehicle. It has loads of room but gets the same or better mileage than most small sedans, plus it's emissions are much lower than standard vehicles.
Pros: Running on the electric motor in stop and go traffic/display in dash of hybrid activity
Cons: no auxiliary input to stereo system
Advice: Just drive oneI bought this 2006 4WD Escape Hybrid in April of 2006 as a business vehicle for myself. I drive a mixture of city and highway miles in the upper Midwest. I am averaging over 31 mpg in total since my purchase and have covered about 8000 miles. Everything is as advertised or better. Acceleration is more than adequate when needed and cruising is just fine on the interstate. The functionality of the SUV arrangement coupled with the economy and low emissions are hard to beat. I like the invovlement with the function of the vehicle that the optional in dash display gives me. I am looking forward to seeing how the performance is this winter in the snow and cold.