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2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I bought my 06 all wheel drive escape in 2007, had 16K miles on it at the time of purchase. I have not been kind to this car as I drive it for business and am on the go all the time. I have kept service up to date. The car now has 101K miles on it. The ride is good, acceleration peppy for a hybrid. Only unexpected problem I have had, is to replace a power steering module which cost $824. The leather on the drivers seat has worn through in the arm which indicates the leather in the car is fairly cheap No other complaints.
Good MPG, reliability, comfort and ride
My car is an 2006, so I hope Ford has upgraded the leather.
2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Bought this from a used car dealer who had lowered the price to 2500 below kbb. I think he was having trouble selling this because people fear battery failure even though the battery is supposed to last for the driveable life of the vehicle. We started out having trouble getting more than about 24 mpg, but a lighter foot better use of the regenerative breaking (shifting to L when stopping and long light taps on the brake rather than quick short stops) have brought our mileage up to 29 which is about what the new EPA estimates say we should get. This will probably hold its value given rising gas prices. Good job Ford for making a superior vehicle.
29 mpg silent neighborhood cruising no starter sound
2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
My 2006 Ford Hybrid with only 30,543 miles needs major repairs. First it was new tires, replacing those the car came with. So, at 30,000 miles I got 4 new tires. The car now has a bad rear end differential which can not be repaired but must be replaced to the tune of at least $2k, maybe more they say. No warranty, very low miles but 5 years old. I was told by the dealership that Ford and the dealership don't have the same level of customer service/loyalty because of the economy! We have probably purchased our last Fords. I may trade in but definitely not for another Ford!
2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
The Ford Escape Hybrid SUV is an excellent alternative to the large, offensive SUV's driven by urban soccer moms. The gas mileage is terrific and extends time between fill ups on the highway. The vehicle is extremely dependable and very low maintenance compared to any other SUV on the road. The 4 wheel drive is competent and provides excellent winter traction and stability. The CVT transmission is similar to a golf cart on steroids and provides a seamless, smooth acceleration and "shifting". The cabin and ride are comfortable for long trips and space is plentiful for luggage and accessories. The best vehicle we have ever purchased.
-CVT transmission -seating position -body style -4 wheel drive -fuel economy -low maintenance costs -build quality
-electric motor for AC cooling when engine stops running -fog lamps that are easier to replace
2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Have posted here previously. Like others, was looking to do right thing for the environment, have some carrying capacity and seeking better mileage. About 38K mi.on the vehicle. 4WD Hybrid w/o navigation or moonroof. Has been very reliable and - depending on time of year and driving habits. . . currently about 70/30 hwy./city, it averages around 29 mpg. Better mileage in warmer months here in Pacific NW. Was quite helpful having undercarriage clearance when snow blasted Seattle for a week in 12/08. Very utilitarian since it's built on Ford Ranger frame and has continued to perform as advertised. My wife was rear-ended at about 20-25 mph a year and a half ago. Vehicle held its own.
Hybrid battery, cargo area, peppy 4 cylinder engine.
Am sure improvements have been substantial in last four years - Mercury Mariner has some nice bells & whistles. AWD, satellite radio, temp gauge and adjustable back seat/cargo area like Chevy Equinox.
2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I brought the car because I wanted to do good for the environment. And to get good economy. From the first day I started to drive it, it was a fun car. It's room, and can fit 4 adults comfortable. I especially like the navigation system. Too bad it was not true GPS. Now is it basically useless. I do like the roll out cover behind the 2nd seat. If you have to carry something and you don't want it to be seen, rolling out the cargo cover, hides everything back there. As long as it is not taller than the cargo cover.
The CVT Transmission was especially good for adding engine drag or braking while going down hill. And you can put it in first gear and get the engine drag of braking at any speed.
I know for a fact that the navigation system has already been updated to true GPS. It would be nice if Ford came back and correct that feature for all 2006 Escape Hybrids
We were lucky enough to get this hybrid off the truck as there were none left in New England. I have not had trouble with my car at all. I do take it to required check-ups and oil changes. It gets out of alignment about once a year but I'm sure my new drivers are responsible for that. They love to take the hybrid because their sporty cars are gas hogs. At first the mileage was just average but as it ages it gets better and better. The interior is driver friendly, it's good in snow and warms up super fast on icy days. After three years and 72,000 miles, I love it and will replace it with the same thing when it gets too old to go.
Reliability, good looks- I put a grill guard on and it looks so cute- and nice size. I like the way it is higher than a car but I don't need a ladder to get in. The plug on the dash is very handy. Plenty of carseat room too. I can help the earth without stuffing my family into a sedan.
Dealers need to have better training in use and care of hybrids. Our dealer actually came to us for user information on the car.
My wife and I purchased the hybrid to increase our fuel efficiency. After 15 months, the Aux. Mode Door Actuator ceased to work. It wasn't under warranty so we paid over $500 to replace it. This offset all savings of having a hybrid. Now after 14 months, the same thing has happened again so we might as well have bought a standard Escape and saved in the long run. We found no benefit because of this in owning a hybrid by Ford.
It has excellent fuel efficiency. Too bad the actuator door costs cost more than the gas it saves.
Make the Auxiliary Mode Door Actuator last more than 14 Months. Incidentally, just long enough so the old one isn't covered under warranty. I'm wondering if Ford has gone back to their old ways that got them in trouble in the eighties.
First, if you have the fuel/electric usage interface for the navigation system you know what your mileage is and can adjust your driving style. Second, the system provides an average miles per gallon, not the actual miles per gallon. Third, check your tire pressure every two weeks to ensure proper inflation--it is amazing what effect properly inflated tires have on gas mileage. Fourth, with the exception of a recall on the electronics for the big battery (and the need to replace the big battery), this vehicle has been wonderfully reliable even in really cold weather (keep in mind the battery starts the engine). Lastly, during the worst of the gas crisis I was smiling all the way to the bank!
Love having an actual electric outlet in the car--don't need the car lighter adapter chargers for my cell phone.
Needs better fit and finish for the back storage area--carpet did not fit neatly. Also, there is no temperature indicator on the navigation screen--I miss not knowing how bloody cold or hot it really is outside. Last, need to provide actual miles per gallon not the average.
Got this car to go between San Francisco and Sacramento. One city is hilly and cool, the other flat and often hot. So, we do a lot of city driving on hills, and often use the A/C. In just over 3 years and 67,000 miles, we've avg'd over 31 mpg. (For the first 5000 mi or so, we only avg'd 28 mpg. This is as expected, as there's a sort of 'burn-in' period for the engine. Since then, we've avg'd over 32 mpg.) We've never had a repair, only normal maintenance - oil change, tune-up, etc. The car rides very well, but the interior is hard to clean, especially after carrying rock, soil, compost, and straw for our yard. In short, this car has met our best expectations.
Great gas mileage! It carries everything we need it to carry, including heavy landscape materials. This car has been very reliable. We've never had a repair, even as we've averaged driving it well over 20,000 miles per year for the past three years.
Would have liked a plug-in hybrid!
The Escape Hybrid looks much smaller than it is. Interior space is much more than it appears. With tax credits, the cost equaled a V-6 with 4 cylinder MPG. Overall, no problems, and lots of approval from the tree huggers.
Not using fuel when sitting in traffic or going below 25 MPH
Increase the engine start point to 35 MPH, this would improve my MPG a great deal without much change in battery life.
We purchased this vehicle primarily to become more carbon neutral. This vehicle has far exceeded our expectations for us and our two large dogs. We have achieved an average of 29.75 miles for the life of the car (22K) and that includes residing at 7000', winters in the snow country with soft snow tires and CO winter gasoline. A recent trip to the west coast yielded 31.5mpg. Sure it is gutless but it is supposed to be with only a four banger and runs on regular, not jet fuel. Thus far it is the ideal primary vehicle
Green, green and more green and feel good driving it when I can't ride my bicycle. Driving to Denver on I-70 from the Eisenhower tunnel it's all downhill and one can achieve a completely green screen on the mpg meter (>50 mpg) for 15 minutes of near coasting.
A little more sound proofing would be nice.
Love the mileage, 33 mpg average, and the 10,000 oil change intervals. Would certainly buy another in the future. Ford quality has improved a lot since my first Ford in 1972. My last Ford was a 1994 Explorer I bought new and had 189,000 miles on it when I sold it.
Love the in dash navigation system
After 1 year, 9 months (41,200 miles) and two recall notices, my 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid AWD had a transfer case break. The transfer case was back ordered for at least two weeks. In my opinion, a all wheel drive SUV should not have major repairs with just 41,000 miles. This is especially true because Ford has had a reputation of good and sturdy cars. I had been very please with the other 5 Ford Vehicles that I have owned (3 new, 2 used). I encourage anyone to consider very carefully my experience before they purchase a Ford.
Fog lamps. The hybrid nature and fuel economy (27mpg actual)
Build a drive train to match the vehicle.
My escape hybrid has had complete break failure 4 time in two years and 3 times in 3 weeks. Ford can't figure out what the problem is. They replaced the master breaking cylinder and while road testing the car, the breaks went out on them. Ford headquarters also takes no responsibility for the breaks and has basically told me I had to deal with the problem. I asked that they put in writing that the car is safe to drive when the repairs are finally done, but they refuse to do that saying it would be fraudulent since Ford doesn't do the repairs, Ford "dealers" do the repairs.
Nice car when it runs
Breaks that work. Cup holders that are next to each other rather than front and back. GPS system that doesn't require changing the disks (only one I've seen that works this way).
I got a pre-owned thinking most problems been solved. There still are, the infamous squeaks at the battery area, loose and squeaky front airbag. Consumption is great below 30mph, not at the hiway. Comfortable ride anyhow. Bad attendance for recalls, not all techs knows about hybrid. Power window switch fails, not just on my Escape but on my Focus as well.
Comfortable ride, looks, good brakes.
Eliminate or suppress squeaks, noise. Increase battery time usage, it only works for short time. Put reliable power window switches.
As a just past owner of a 06 Ford Escape hybrid, I would ask anyone looking into the hybrid models 06 & 07 to have your eye's open and understand the issues I found on my hybrid. Air Conditioning: You loose your A/C when you are traveling under 25 MPH, unless you go to Max Air, This makes the gas motor run all the time and why did you buy a hybrid ? Per factory this is how it was designed and live with it or find somthing else. I did I moved to a new Edge. I never did get the suggested mileage, I average around 31 MPG on freeway, trade in value wasn't as good as my Ford sales person suggested (My fault to listen to sales person) No sour grapes, just beware !
Comfortable leather seats, Good rear storage. Fog lights worked well.
Air conditioning while in hybrid mode. More durable windshield. Better extended warranty.
This has been a great vehicle. I feel that I have more than gotten my money's worth. With an average of 35.6mpg in both city and highway driving up and down hills, I can not be happier. The tax credits were a plus but I would buy this again in a heartbeat. Too bad they do not make a Mustang Hybrid. I would buy that too.
Fuel mileage, comfort, moonroof, navigation.
I wanted an Escape Hybrid since they came out and finally got one. I stupidly didn't realize the importance of getting the 4WD version. Its hard tires handle well below average in any kind of slick/snowy conditions. The truck told me the tires were under pressure when it was cold out and that the passenger door was ajar when it reached below freezing temps. Finally had to get rid of it when the dealership told me they couldn't fix the loud squeeking coming from the front drivers side brake.
Huge tax return! 32mpg and I liked the outside styling.
Very plain interior. Sometimes seemed top heavy when turning. Very bad handling in the snow for the 2wd.
The Ford Escape Hybrid thrives best in traffic driving, no matter where it is. Open highway gas mileage a bit lower than expected, yet better than any other comparable SUVs in its class. Want to buy the 2008 because it looks even "beefier" outside. Only complaint: rear trunk carpet does not hold well, slide furniture or a heavy box into the back and the carpet slides with it exposing the 330amp battery.
Navigation, instrumentation, plug outlet, fold down accomodates my 2 dogs very well.
Secure the rear trunk carpet so it won't slide around.
This is the first SUV I've ever owned and I'm very glad that I bought this one. It's fun to drive and the gas mileage is terrific,which is why I purchased it. I drive about 80 miles a day back and forth to work and the realibility has been great. I change the oil about every 8,000 miles and use synthetic oil as the factory reeommends. It has proven to be a great vehicle for me. I did a lot of research before purchasing this vehicle and when I read that it has Toyota technology that made my decision even easier. My last car was a Toyota Camry and it was the best car I had ever owned. If you want a fun to drive SUV I recommend this one. Great!
Great driving in the snow and on the beach too with the 4 wheel drive. Very peppy for a hybrid SUV. I really love driving this vehicle. I recommend this SUV to anyone who wants to drive a fun and reliable vehicle with great gas mileage.
I can't really find any fault with this SUV. I has pretty much everything you need for a compact SUV. The cargo area is very spacious even with the large battery that's under the carpet in the cargo area.
Anyone in the outside sales industry should think about getting this vehicle. You get 32 MPG in the city and about 29 MPG on the highway. I lug about 300 pounds of catalogs a day and still get this type of MPG. The price tag is the only problem with it over $25K if you factor that in you might want to think twice.
Fuel economy, Interior space, Fog lights, AWD Handles fantastic in the snow.
Price! Way too expensive!!
Gas mileage is VERY disappointing! The car has been in over 10 times for various issues. The shocks were replaced at 4,000 miles. The car needed a full alignment at 4,500 miles. I have another appointment tomorrow to investigate the terrible gas mileage, noises when turning, gas fume smells and the infamous 'clicking' noise in the rear has appeared again. If you are looking for an Escape - go for it! Just do NOT get the Hybrid! I had a regular Escape when they first came out and was great. Ford just doesn't have this down yet.
Great size for 5 adults and the leather seats are comfortable.
MILEAGE, Ford "Quality"- I think Ford needs to come up with a better motto or stand by it.
I love the way the Hybrid drives; the 2 wheel drive gets super mileage (30+ city and highway). The visibility, acceleration, and handling are good. The quality of materials, particularly in the interior, is not. The rear storage area carpet is constantly coming loose. It covers the batteries and must be moved for maintenance. Unfortunately, it is not attached down by anything...not even Velcro. So whenever I slide a box into the back the carpet pulls up. The quality of the carpet is also not good; it is already looking shabby after only 9 months. I wore a hole in the floor mat within 30 days (not covered by warranty). The speedometer has very poor lighting and is hard to read at night.
Gas mileage, acceleration, handling.
Better quality carpet, better lighting on instrument cluster and especially speedometer, need method to tie the carpet down in the storage area.
SORRY I got it. Noisy, poor dash lights, minimal defrost and heating in north, faulty disc player, electric glitch (lost power steering 3 times), and mileage OVER ESTIMATED! At best I get 27 miles at 40 mph. Also because I wanted leather seats, I had to buy GPS which was not needed, It was part of the package offered.
Dash lighting, heating/defrost, better/honest mileage, quieter interior.
I really enjoy my hybrid. I got it for my wife to go to work and to run my kid around Atlanta. We have saved a great deal of money on gas. Now we challenge each other on who can get the best gas mileage. The tax credit is also great! Plus we got the zero percent interest rate from Ford.
Gas savings, power, getting 450 miles before a 12 gallon fill up.
Outside temp gauge.
Gas mileage is not as great as expected but my previous Ford was an F-150 (V-8) so it was an improvement in the pockets.
The fact that I can drive without gas for short periods of time.
None, looks like the follow up Escape has covered most of the exterior looks.
The vehicle is fun to drive and provides superb gas mileage for a small size SUV -- better than even the 1992 Toyota Corolla it replaced in our family. We have a premium, fully-loaded Ford Escape Hybrid with moonroof, leather seats and the GPS Nav, and we couldn't be happier.
Fuel economy is our #1 favorite "feature" of the FEH, and a major reason we purchased this vehicle, as is its small SUV profile -- ample room over a sedan, without the behemoth nature (and paltry fuel economy) of a larger SUV.
The quality of the leather seats could be slightly better, more like our 2001 Ford F-150 Supercrew, but we were aware going into this that the Escape (including the Escape Hybrid) are more of an "economy" vehicle than the fully loaded F-150. The GPS Nav could be a lot better, for the price, as well
Everything is awesome except that the cruise control is overpowered at times and actually reduced fuel efficiency. A good addition would be to have a cruise control that operates based on rpm's instead.
Shutting off at a stop once the catalytic converter is warm.
The cruise control.
I've owned by Ford Escape Hybrid since Oct of 2004 - the first ever sold by my dealership. Gas mileage was VERY disappointing in my first year: Average 21 mpg city but 28 mpg highway. Live in a hilly town & every hill, the gas has to kick in; plus almost every pothole caused my foot to slip & kick-in the gas motor, etc. Also, colder weather requires MUCH longer "warm-up" time (5 to 10 minutes more) in the morning before the electric motor will ever kick in. Have learned tricks to up mileage, i.e, run AC or heat on minimum to avoid using gas (defroster always requires gas) ,coasting down hills, etc. Still only getting 24 mpg city & 29 highway. Better than my last car but not nearly what was promised.
Stereo/CD system. Best of any car I've owned.
Offer a driving course possibly online to aid drivers in getting best mileage out of cars instead of "Help Line" telling you to "Go Away!" when you question low mileage figures.
My Ford Escape gets poor gas mileage for a hybrid. We're now down to 25 mpg. Our Ford dealership won't help. Ford Motor Company's help line did not work. I guess Ford is going to lose more market share.
I like the styling.
Help your customers. Make my car get better gas mileage.
When gas prices began to climb I started looking for better fuel economy. A friend suggested looking at hybrids. The local Ford dealer had one in stock. I test drove it and fell in love. The gas mileage I get is in line with the EPA estimate. The interior is well designed and very comfortable. I just wish it had the navigation system. I haven't had one problem with it. When/if this one wears out I'll get another.
The 110 volt outlet and two 12V outlets. The rear seats fold flat easily for extra cargo room. The stereo is top notch.
The LCD screens in the instrument panel need to be brighter or have greater contrast. They tend to be hard to read on bright days.
Bought my Ford Escape Hybrid in December 2005 - including luxury package (because I wanted the sunroof). Excellent comfort for me (6"5" - 240lb) and fun to drive - I regularly get 33 mpg around town. Less mpg (28 - 29) on highway, especially when pulling my small boat when it can be as low as 24. However, to get good mileage around town you have to drive carefully - no gunning away from lights etc.
MPG indicator. 120 volt outlet. Driving comfort.
Thermometer to display outside temperature.
For an SUV, it's a great little truck. The hybrid/gas electric gets 35mpg, has room for 5 plus your stuff. Handles great in the mountains. Has 16 in. wheels stock, so you sit high to see well. It's just fun to drive! It doesn't look like a hybrid...looks sporty. It's my wife's truck, but I'm 6.2 and 260lb and comfortable driving it.
SPORTY gas saver that's fun to drive.
Road noise? But it is a truck...larger cup holders?
I was nervous about purchasing new automotive technology but I have been completely satisfied by the reliability and performance of the Ford Escape Hybrid. As another reviewer noted, in hot humid climates like Houston where use of MAX AC is mandatory, the gas engine runs, reducing gas mileage. For the other 5 months of fall/winter/spring that we have, the SUV is blast! All year round it performs like a 6 cylinder SUV. The exterior and interior finishes are of good quality.
Excellent ride with seamless transitions in powertrain. Reliability. Storage and hauling capacity. Maneuverability. Multidisk CD player. 120 V AC outlet. Way cool in parking garages - electric up, electric down, recovery of energy while braking coming down.
The Navigation system is disappointing - screen too small, controls are very tedious, and performance is only so so. Road noise is notable a high speeds.
What an excellent vehicle - great response when driving and nice fuel savings. For folks wanting the space and feel of a SUV - with superb fuel economy - this is your car.
The fuel economy is great when compared to my last SUV (a Jeep) The Nav system works well and is more than adequate for simple navigation and handling detours.
It would be a nice addition to the stereo / nav system to sync in a satellite radio or MP3 player.
I have owned the Escape for almost 14 months. It is fun to drive and is great on gas. I have had no problems and am happy that I am driving a Green vehicle.
Navigation system gives real time gas mileage making it almost a game to "hypermile."
Nav System should be DVD based - not CD. Not enough storage - no tiedowns in the back to keep groceries and other items from sliding around.
This is the only vehicle I know of that exceeds the EPA window posting. If one modifies driving habits, the 4X4 Escape will return 34 MPG hwy and 31 MPG city. Fit and finish better that my neighbor's Honda Accord. Ride unexpectedly good for size of vehicle. Very quiet except when 2.3 is revving, and only then is engine noticeable. Transition from electric to gas is almost seamless. Cruise control on long trips returns better MPG than not using cruise control. Nits are lack of steering wheel adjustments & unlighted cruise controls.
1. Better MPG than expected. 2. "Playing" with throttle to stay on electric as long as possible. 3. Nice driving characteristics. 4. Does long distance trips well.
1. Allow for telescoping steering wheel for taller drivers. 2. Light the cruise control buttons on the steering wheel. 3. Allow electric drive to exceed 30 MPH.
My Escape is still very new, and still delights me. I bought it for its fuel economy, size, and greenness. Fuel economy was rated at 33 city, 29 highway. Highway and city combined have averaged well over 33 with the majority being highway miles. I lose about 2 tenths of a mile when starting out cold in the morning and evening after work. I then make that up if I can drive far enough. Economy when cold is awful. The engine runs until the engine is warm and the battery is fully charged. At that point the fun begins to see how long I can keep it running on electric alone. Kind of challenging but for a vehicle that weighs 4750 pounds it's great.
AC is excellent. Continuously variable transmission is an interesting feel. Takes some getting used to when you watch the tachometer go from 1500 to 4500 RPM and your speed stays constant.
Needs to let the seat go back further and the steering wheel extend backward a little more. I'm old and my legs are not flexible enough to go very far without some serious pain.
While driving my Escape hybrid 4x4 without A/C on, I was getting 27.4 mpg. Not too bad (for a combination highway/city) I think, however, not close to the 33 mpg as indicated on the sticker. The hybrid has a lot of zip off the line, but I must back off on the gas pedal while the cvt tranny moves up to a higher speed (not a big deal though). It's fun to drive. Parallel parking is a breeze.
6 disk cd player, great styling, mucho room in the rear with seats folded. It's a lot fun to drive. Steering is quite responsive and the brakes are outstanding.
Lengthen the right driver's armrest. Improve the material in the cloth seats. A double coating of paint would help the stone chips.
When I purchased this Ford Escape I was excited and went out on my ranch and got stuck in 3" of snow on a dirt road. That isn't the only time I got stuck in snow either; 2 more times in parking lots. First time up skiing and the second at a mall where a Cadillac pulled me out of my parking spot. The arm rest on the door of the driver's side is made of plastic; after driving a few days my elbow hurt and I could not figure out why. Then I realized that it was because of this arm rest.
The arm rest and cup holder.
I have been wanting a hybrid vehicle for years, but they have always been too small for my needs. The Ford Escape Hybrid is perfect for my life! It's very comfortable, everything is within reach, and it's easy to get in and out. I'm below average height, so this is frequently an issue. There's enough room for everyone and the easy fold flat back seats are great for hauling our rather large dog. I do a lot of driving, so the gas savings is phenomenal, and I found that it performed like a "champ" in snowy weather last winter. As an added bonus, this has turned out to be more fun to drive than any vehicle I've ever owned!
Other than the hybrid engine, which has more "pep" than I ever expected, my favorite features are the easy fold flat back seats. It has come in handy more times than I can count!
I would like a few more little storage areas here and there.
Overall very pleased with the vehicle. Low maintenance as except for fuel. I spent $29.99 for the first oil change at the recommended 10,000 mile mark and that's it! Mileage is very good for and SUV of this type, averaging 31MPG combined city/hwy (weighted toward city). I know if they they allowed some tweaking of the computer I could be doing better. Worst highway mileage was around 26.4MPG from FL to South Carolina but that was with a car topper, fully loaded vehicle and doing about 10 miles/hour over posted speed limit. :) The vehicle is used for work and play and it is truly superb.
Mileage, sporty look, nice handling.
If I could change one thing, slightly bigger gas tank, even 3 gallons more would add about 90 miles to its range. Otherwise I have a 98 Ford Windstar and it has overhead storage everywhere which I miss. Electric compressor for air conditioning would be nice but low on my list.
I have been achieving 90% mpg that the EPA rates for the Escape Hybrid in city driving. The area I live in has many hills and has a variance of speed limits from 20mph to 45mph. I believe that I would achieve or better the EPA rating if there were less hills and speed limits of 30mph or lower. I also drove 1500 miles on a trip and average around 29-30 mpg and that included mountain driving in Tennessee and North Carolina. So far I am really pleased with the Ford Escape Hybrid.
Electric motor, driving ease, comfortable seating, a lot of storage.
Heated outside mirrors standard. Design vehicle for running boards (due to undercarriage design, cannot install). Add compass/outside temperature gage.
I bought the 4WD Mercury Mariner Hybrid. I find it to be just a little nicer looking than the Escape. It is the same platform and averages 30 MPG. I now have 7K and no problems at all. It fits my family with 2 car seats in the back & still room for shopping or luggage in the back. Also it has front, side & roof air bags. These are great in the snow. As a pick up truck owner all my life I was quickly able to adjust to this little SUV.
Nav system, Audiophile sound, power roof, heated leather. MILEAGE!
Mariner offered ONLY in TAN interior and Escape Only in grey. I would like something darker. Rotate your tires at 5K because they chop due to the short wheel base. My wife has the Escape and it's the same way.
Moved from an Eddie Bauer Expedition to a fully loaded Escape Hybrid. Ford understands large people (I'm 6'4" 300 lbs) and the Escape is comfortable. Mileage is good, but not as good as expected. Ranging 25-28 mpg. Performance with the boost from the electric motor is good, but the CVT takes some getting used to; it revs motor much higher than I'm used to on acceleration and engine whine is loud. Handles well for an SUV. Things I had on the Expedition that I miss more than I thought I would: temp control air/heat, exterior keypad on door, memory seats/mirrors/pedals, and storage room. Probably would not buy again for reasons stated under suggested improvements.
Comfortable seat; good economy and handles well for an SUV; love the GPS system (although screen is really, really small) but it seems to get off track more often than it should.
$34K vehicle and no outside temp gauge. Round bezel on dash gauges is polished chrome and will blind you when the sun hits it. Electrical system has had multiple problems; make sure your dealer is trained on the hybrid; air conditioner doesn't work when on electric; makes hybrid mode useless in hot weather.
Moving the seats around to allow more cargo space is a pain; other than that it's a nice vehicle.
Getting it to go into electric mode while at 40mph. Pulling away from someone while standing still and the vehicle is making no noise at all. :)
Too noisy on freeway.
Our vehicle has so far performed as advertised. We've gotten acceptable MPG though it is very dependent on driver habits. In order to exclusively use the electric motor, you must gently accelerate from a stop. This of course is difficult if you find yourself in front of traffic. The quality, ride, and features are great.
The electric motor...if not, it's a waste of money. The rear seats collapse nicely for a large cargo area.
Length/distance of battery/electric motor capability. I'd like it to go farther on a charge. Plug in capability. It'd be nice to have it parked in a garage and plug it in for a fully charged start in the morning. The instrument panel is pretty cheap looking.
Drove a V6 Passat with Triptronic, now a CVT transmission instead. We were looking for a taller vehicle and lower maintenance costs if possible. Being in northern snow climate AWD was paramount. Have a Toyota Sienna minivan that was supposed to get good gas mileage for a van. Then gas prices went from $1.85 to $2.85 and up. Still enjoy our van but avoid driving it and started using the Passat at 20 to 24 mpg ranges. The Tribute/Mariner the only lower cost AWD SUV truck with a car-like ride unless going to the high end Highlander. The costs of hybrid technology made the Escape the clear winner for our next car. Pay under $30K for an Escape or much over $30K - for a Highlander both SUVs.
Paint colors, good pickup, comfortable as a taller driver. Good visibility, good storage for a small SUV, hoping to get over 30 mpg using regular gas! Rated as 33 mpg city/ 29 hwy as an 4WD which is great.
Lighter batteries and lower costs like LITHIUM that could be plugged in when want to. Use of multiple options for fuel such a biodiesel, electricity/solar, and 85 octane ethanol gas. Ability to add extra batteries for certain user's needs.
Traded in our 2002 Escalade for the 2006 Escape; the best decision (car- wise) we've ever made. VERY fun to drive and outstanding gas mileage. We were concerned about cargo space, given the fact that our previous vehicle was so large, but we have had no problems. Cute little SUV--I would recommend it to anyone. The first time we filled up with gas, it cost us $30, and we got more mileage with one tank than we EVER got for our previous car (which held 11 gallons more!). We love the fact that we're saving on gas as well as doing our part to live a little greener.
Exterior design, fuel economy, and it handles great!
A/C vents in the rear of the vehicle--they may be available on the AWD, but should be available on both. Otherwise, an awesome little SUV.
I have driven the Escape in downtown Chicago and on the wide open interstate. 30mpg in Chicago and 29.5 at highway+ speeds. Runs very smooth with the CVT transmission. Nice to know I can fill it full of gear and get that good of mileage.
Mileage and CVT transmission.
Needs XM radio.
Makes me a believer in hybrids. Great mileage (averages 30) and well built. Have had no problems. Only negative is the ride is a little hard but it is a 4 wheel drive small truck.
Gas mileage for a 4 wheel drive. Feel safe; it is not a small vehicle. Handles well and has more than enough power.
Soften ride a bit.
Excellent all around vehicle with great versatility and real world fuel economy. Much better than any other competitor I looked at in terms of a complete package for the price.
Fuel economy, fit and finish, versatility.
More standard luxury items such as auto dimming mirror and outside temp guage with compass.
This is the most awesome vehicle I have ever owned. It is a practical size not some oversize behemoth. It handles really great, and you cannot knock the great fuel economy. It has plenty of power and the air conditioning is the best especially in Las Vegas during the summer. I love driving it everywhere
Full of power, great air conditioning. The electrical outlets are great if you want to plug in a laptop. The navigational system is so cool.
Along with the heated seats offer cooled seats for us who live in the hot climate areas.
Owned new 2006 AWD for 1 month. 32-33 MPG city driving, 28 mpg highway in first 100 miles. 15 Gallon tank means 400+ miles between fills. Mileage is improving and 100% operation on electric motor below 40 MPH is increasing as vehicle is broken in. Wife is a former Passat-325E BMW driver - she loves how the Escape handles. Handles better than expected in high winds.
All Metallic Silver (option) hides dirt and is stylish compared to those trimmed out in boring black. In dash 6 changer CD is great for trips for listening to books rather than each other or the poor radio stations in Iowa--no Air America! Rear double entry and seating control makes wife happy.
Air conditioning does not function at low RPM's unless on Max Air. Daytime driving lights should be standard. Outside temp gage and compass is a must for vehicles now. Rear window spoiler should be standard to help keep the rear window clean as possible for safety. Color options are very limited.
Drives fine except for accelerating onto highway. I drove Explorers for years, so I'm getting used to a lighter-weight vehicle, but love the improved mileage. Still think the higher price in comparison to an Explorer makes the improved gas costs overrated. I have a problem with paying more (we also bought another Explorer) and receiving a lesser quality vehicle. My Hybrid payment is $100.00 more per month than our new Explorer. So it's give and take.
Improved gas mileage, front and side airbags.
More comfortable seats and lumbar support. Improved acceleration onto highway.
Awesome vehicle. Great mileage, performance, and useability. This vehicle has been outstanding and clearly exceeded my expectations. Ford you got it right this time! I love driving by gas stations and waving.
Interior features could be a little more robust.
After all the hype, the 2006 Ford Hybrid is a cheaply built piece of junk. For one, the gas mileage is just not what you'd expect from a hybrid. After only 25MPH the engine kicks in. Think about it...even in city driving (which averages 35MPH), your going to engage the engine a LOT. Secondly, when using the air conditioner, the engine is engaged. So, if you live in the south -- you are really out of luck. Lastly, the darn vehicle is a very noisy. Compared to the Explorer, there is virtually no insulation to outside noise. Lastly, it is a rip off. Those I know who own a Ford Escape (non-hybrid) are getting about the same mileage as I with the hybrid -- 27MPH for about $5K more!
None. They cheapened on everything to cover the cost of the batter technology. I am going to trade this in within the next month.
Read my complaints and adjust the designs accordingly.
We are very pleased with this vehicle. Not just because of outstanding mpg, but also because of it being an extremely environmentally clean car. It is also quite comfortable to travel in. We just completed a trim from Iowa to SE Pennsylvania and enjoyed the trip. Averaged 31 mpg highway driving, 65 mph steady with AC on. We had considered a Prius, but because of a bad back my wife was not comfortable sitting so low. The Escape is easier to get in and out of too.
Fun to drive, easy to park, quiet, comfortable, nice sound system with 6-cd changer, mp3 capable, environmentally friendly, and economy.
Needs better protection from rock damage on rear panel in front of rear wheels. We paid extra for the appearance package and it already has rock chips in this area. I was not happy about this. Had mud guards installed, but they don't help much.
I bought my Escape on April Fools Day 2006 hoping this would not be a joke I would regret. This Ford Escape Hybrid is no joke. It is fun to drive and the gas mileage is great not to mention the quality and design. Mileage so far has been about 30 miles a gallon combined city and freeway. Its a little noisy at higher speeds of 50 plus but I will put up with that for all the other conveniences it has.
Of course the gas mileage. Also my navigation display, moon roof, heated seats, design and quality.
The air conditioning turns off when you are not moving. Also lighted vanity mirrors, auto dim rear view mirror; also a transmission that you can get lower gears by down shifting for awd models.
This vehicle has cut my weekly fuel cost from $80 to $35. Thats a $2600 yearly savings and I did not have to do anything other than change vehicles. The vehicle is comfy with plenty of amenities. My family is very pleased so far. I do not mind that these vehicles are not perfect and I am grateful that manufacturers are finally making a product that uses less fuel, cannot wait for improved models in the future.
I enjoy the fuel efficiency meter, it allows you to see real time impact of your driving style.
Did really well for an suv-gas mileage wise. It only dropped about 1 and a half mpg when a/c was on continuous which is impressive considering the shape of the vehicle. You can only get so good of mileage in a suv.
How quiet it is.
Interior quality and center console design.
Car is a little less than advertised. Mileage is only in the 29-30 range. Comfort is the same as Mustang in the earliest years; I owned one. Quality is the same. As the car ages in months, the windows sag, the dealer will not return calls for repairs even within the warranty period. Compared to Toyota, U.S. needs help.
The information displays are nice, but sketchy.
Put some comfort in the car. Better quality seats, I did buy the leather -- but the leather did not even go the entire seat. A holder for your sunglasses. Lights in the cosmetics mirrors. An antenna that will go down. And, a locking gas cap.
Actual mpg is just a little less than EPA estimates,very nice to find a suv with over 30mpg!
it's neat to run on battery only part way on my commute of 5 miles each way.
Increase electric-only run time and up speed limit for battery only; smaller gas or diesel motor/bigger electric motor.
I have had 2 Ford Escapes and decided to try the hybrid due to my traveling. It was mainly due to gas prices rising. I cant believe what a difference it has made in my fuel costs.The ride is wonderful and I have enjoyed learning how to use the navigation system. The warranty on both the engine and battery system is super. I haven't had a bit of trouble with the 2 previous Escapes and I don't expect any with this one!
Side airbags and the option to shut off the front airbag system if a child is in the front seat...and my moonroof. The stereo system is also very good.
I have no suggestion for anything needing improvement except possibly having a carrier as in the other Escapes to contain groceries etc. in the back.
The car rides very nicely. It has as much power as the V6 non hybrid Escape. It is roomy and comfortable.
Interior. Quiet ride.
Very nice functional vehicle. I use it for work everyday; it is very dependable and you hardly notice the transfer from electric to gas while in motion. I get a lot of looks and questions which are also fun to field. May people want to see under the hood. When the truck shuts down in traffic and runs on electric only - took a little getting used too.
Hybrid feature, A/C power dash plug, 6 CD stacker is very nice.
Only negative thing would be the air conditioning system. If you're running on Max A/C the gas engine runs constant and fuel economy suffers. On all other non max A/C settings when the electric motor kicks in and the gas kicks off you lose the A/C, which in typical traffic on a very hot day can get you pretty warm.
Have only owned this vehicle for 4 months and 4,000 miles, but so far we are very satisfied. After reading a lot recently about inflated MPG ratings, I was a little worried, but so far we are getting 30-31 mpg which is exactly what it's supposed to get! We love the way it handles and accelerates and the display almost teaches you how to drive for maximum MPG. The nav system is great and the dogs love the room in back. We've gone on one road trip and have used the AWD a few times already with great results. Ford really should build more of these vehicles and do a lot better job of advertising, many people don't even know they exist and some still think they have to be plugged in at night!
Great mileage, low environmental impact, safety features, navigation system, sporty look, comfortable seats, we like the option of continuous running AC, sometimes it's just necessary in the Las Vegas area no matter how much you want to save gas and emissions.
Ford would sell a lot more of these if they'd lower the price and take the time to educate consumers about hybrids. It takes too long after start up for the internal combustion engine to shut down.The carpet in the cargo area comes loose. I like to know the outside temperature when I'm driving.
Bought only a couple of weeks ago but it has been a dream so far. Smooth, quiet ride but still feels enough like a truck. Good acceleration even when you're already doing 60. Got it fully loaded (premium and safety packages with the moonroof). Good sound system and so much cargo space. Plenty of leg room in the back. Easy to use LATCH system for car seats. Tinted windows make window shades for kids unnecessary. Comfortable seats. I am one very satisfied customer.
Guilt-free SUV (made in America in a union shop with practically no emissions and better mileage than my old Civic). The screen showing real time MPG really helps maximize the mileage. Looking forward to using the heated seats this winter. Moonroof!
Needs rear AC vents, iPod adapter and more storage compartments. Little nooks in the front for parking cards and other odds and ends would be great. Having to turn the Max AC on when you're driving on electric sort of defeats the purpose. Locking gas compartment. Auto headlights.
The only drawback is the slow pick-up on a highway entrance ramp. Other than that the vehicle is great. Might be too small for a family but for a couple or single person it's more than enough room. With the cruise control on at highway speeds I get about 35 miles to the gallon. The traffic lights in my hometown are not synchronized so there is a lot of stop and start. And I average 26 mpg around town. Cold weather impacts the mileage too. The Escape Hybrid performs better in the warmer weather. Highly recommended.
Mine is loaded with everything--GPS, 6 CD changer, moonroof. Have no favorite feature.
Improve the hybrid feature so the engine does not kick in until closer to 30 miles per hour.
I love my Escape Hybrid with one major exception. The navigation system is the worst piece of electronic equipment I have ever owned. It will not allow the user to input anything except at an absolute stop. The processor is so slow that the map is unable to move when the vehicle is in motion. Instead, the arrow on the map jumps for a few seconds, then the map jumps to catch up. The user interface is so bad that it is very difficult to even get a destination into the system. The screen is so small that you need a magnifying glass to see it. So much for Ford's motto about "Innovation". The best thing they could do is fire the electronics engineers and buy an aftermarket Alpine system.
Fire the electronics Engineers that designed the navigation system. Contract with a real innovative company to design a navigation system like every other manufacturer has.
27 MPG actual all around suburban driving, handles well, lots of headroom, Electric motor rapidly accelerates engine to passing/on ramp speeds up to 5750 RPM (redline is 6000 RPM) as required. Supposed to be great in snow (with the heavy HV battery pack over the rear wheels), but not tested there, by me, yet. Truly a "fly by wire" design (you steer and press the gas pedal, and the computer controller decides how much motor, engine, and transmission it will provide).
Great optional 6 disc CD in dash, also optional front and side airbag/curtains for both front seats (hope I NEVER need them !). Extra heavy duty optional rubber floor mats (ALL SUVs should come with these!). Very nice exterior looks and body design.
Dump the tach, and instead supply temperature and pressure gauges, light the LCD displays, Higher quality leather seats, carpet and interior trim details would be nice, and lastly a silent arming function for the alarm, instead of the horn honk arming.
I needed an SUV for hauling and this model is excellent with plenty of storage in the back seat and trunk area. Very peppy on the road and the smooth transition from battery to gas is not felt at all. Very happy owner! I drive lots of freeway traffic and like the way the car handles at all speeds.
Ease and drivability. The ease the engine moves from gas to battery and back to gas smoothly. Interior controls so you know what is going on with the vehicle at all times.
The rear tinted window develops a diamond pattern when driving with polarized sunglasses. Not evident when regular glasses. This can be a distraction when driving and looking in your rear view tinted window. Only shows when darkest UV tint is ordered. It would be better if dark clear.
Handling, gas mileage is great.
Navigation system is great.
Heated seat buttons for turning on and off are in a bad place and you can't tell if its on or off while driving. Outlet in dash is only 150 watts? Why not put in a cheap inverter and make it 400 watts or more. If you could plug it in to house current at night time for more mileage would be great.
The only problem we have had with the vehicle is that because it is so quiet deer and elk love to run in front of it. It is getting better mileage then expected for driving in the mountains. Very comfortable to drive with plenty of room for the family.
Rear cup holders. Control panel that displays current mileage, etc.
Need overdrive for better highway mileage.
I'd driven over a dozen Escapes as rental vehicles while on business travel and never had one that wasn't tight, solid and reliable. Ordered an AWD version after driving a 2wd. We got an outstanding vehicle! We use the Hybrid for almost everything and living 35 miles from the city, we've racked up 10,000 miles in 5 months. The car eats up the awful country roads and is smooth and quiet on the highway.
Mileage, interior features and seating, mutli-function display and travel guide. The CD changer and sound system are great!
My wife wants lights on the vanity mirrors and radio controls on the steering wheel. Electric drive air conditioning compressor.
We did a lot of research before spending the money, and can't say anything negative about the Escape. Feels good to drive a clean car. Comfortable ride, handles well. Plenty of room for one Great Dane in the back seat, plenty of leg room for people too. Feels substantial and solid. Looks gorgeous in black. High crash test ratings or wouldn't have purchased. Plenty of power when you need it. Didn't get the navigation system, so not positive what mileage has been. Nothing like the Explorer it replaced though, this sips gas. Seems to be almost silent at slow speeds, so be careful of pedestrians. A good match for our needs and I have been wholeheartedly recommending it.
Gas mileage, looks, spaciousness and comfort. Feels good to drive a clean vehicle, yet looks no different than a regular Escape or similar sized SUV's. Everything I wanted, plus it had to fit tall dogs, which it easily does.
Perhaps make the back seats go down with one step.
I bought this model for its advertised capability of the Intelligent 4wd system, and was surprised to find out that I was unable to back up over a 6 inch rock. It turns out that the electric engine alone is engaged in reverse - severely limiting power and acceleration in. I highly discourage you from buying this vehicle if reverse is important to you (i.e. driving off-road at all or parking on a sloped driveway). I complained to Ford, and was told that nothing could be done. Aside from this issue, the mileage was as advertised, and I had no other problems. However, I bought the 4wd model to be confident in modest off-road conditions.
Good fuel economy.
Needs more power in reverse. Fix fact that running de-fogger or AC means that gas engine is always on - essentially negating the "hybrid" experience under those conditions.
When we took the Escape out on the road for a test ride, we knew it was ours. It's very roomy, has lots of cargo space, and you can't beat the mileage. It also has a lot of safety features my wife and I were looking for as we're trying to have a baby. Definitely worth cruising into the dealership to check out.
All the airbags, the whole interior inflates on impact. And 500 miles to the tank in an SUV doesn't hurt! The other thing you'll notice is that they don't sacrifice foot and shoulder room to make it more compact like you'll find in some of the Japaneses models. Also it has a 120V outlet in the dash.
There's not a lot of storage compartments in the front. It's 2006 and you need a lot of little places to put stuff. Also because of limited availability, you might not get ALL the options you want unless you live in a major city like Chicago or LA.
Living on a dirt road, I needed an SUV. Living out of town, I needed good mileage. I bought a base-model Escape Hybrid and I got both. This thing is getting a combined city/hwy mileage of over 30mpg. Amazing for an SUV. Even the base model comes with lots of features. 6-disc CD changer (with MP3 capability), electric driver seat, 110V power outlet and all sorts of little bells and whistles. I only got about 26 mpg on a long trip for 800 miles, but the city mileage in the high 30's made up for that very quickly.
Lots of power from such a tiny engine, due to electric assist. Great mileage, overall around 30.5 mpg so far. Very comfortable, even on a 13 hour trip.
It was hard to find a basic model; almost all the dealers had were the high-end models with lots of useless features that just jacked up the price without adding any utility. An EV only mode would be really cool for short trips.
I love my new Escape Hybrid. The last time I had so much fun driving a vehicle was as a college senior when I got my first new car. (I have a college senior and junior of my own now). The car drives and rides beautifully and I feel that I am doing my part to help our environment. I am an SUV kinda gal so am thrilled that Ford came out with one that has decent gas mileage. I am averaging 32 mpg which is a lot better than my Explorer was getting. I do get a kick out of the "stealth mode". OK, I taught kindergarten for years so I still have a lot of the kid in me. I think it is pretty cool that my little SUV can sneak up on folks who are walking down the middle isle of a parking lot.
Tons of head room. Now that we are empty nesters there is plenty of room for the two of us and our 70 lb dog. There is also plenty of room in the back for our 6'3" son and 5'9" daughter.
Wish they offered the moonroof option without the navigation package.
My wife and I recently purchased a 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid, and we are very pleased with the performance, the ride, and especially the fuel mileage. With the prospect of $3.00 a gallon gas for years to come I think this is an excellent vehicle to consider especially with the tax credits that are available in 2006.
One of our favorite features is the constant read-out that shows the miles per gallon you are getting. I think this is helpful in adjusting your driving style to maximize the efficiency of the vehicle.
Getting just under 36 mpg average so far. I can't believe that a car this ample gets better mileage than my Chevy Prism (a.k.a. Toyota Corolla). I actually feel sorry for most car owners when I look around parking lots. One nice trick that I have learned is riding the brakes a little when descending a hill. Keeping the car under 40mph will keep the IC off and you're charging up the battery at the same time. With the federal tax credits and PA state rebate, the car doesn't cost any more than a regular Escape. I was able to get the supplier X discount, which was about invoice for the car. It's better, it's cheaper to own and it costs the same as a regular Escape. Who wouldn't buy this?
The mileage -- the best run that I have had so far is 44.1 mpg and I'm starting to get into developing high mpg driving habits. It's a whole new dimension in driving skills that I was never able to explore until now. Every new record is a rush.
A plug-in option would be nice. I would also like a way to command the car to turn off the IC -- tapping the breaks to trick the power management system is a little hokey. It is also a drag that you need to drive a bit before the IC will turn off at all, so short trips are a little inefficient.
I am so happy I spent the extra money on this car. It rides nice, is comfortable, and gets good gas mileage while it helps to save the air quality. The only issue I have it the steering wheel should cascade as for my long legs I have to stretch to reach the steering wheel. This was not a problem in my Sport-Trac or Ranger XLT. I highly recommend it though!
Driving an SUV without quilt.
Add a cascading steering wheel.
Got rid of my tank (Chevy Avalanche) and purchased the Escape with 0% financing by Ford Motor Credit in CA ... what a deal! Finished off the first tank of gas at 32.4 mpg and I'm sure it will only get better since I know how to drive it now to get the best mileage. I recommend putting a little distance between you and the car in front of you so you can coast start the car at lights. This will allow you to take advantage of the electric power for a greater amount of time.
It's just fun to drive. Everyone at work loves it and are now thinking about Ford again.
A motor shutoff switch on the steering wheel since I know when I'm going to stop well before the computer. Button should also be a press and hold which tells the computer to stay in electric only mode because I'm going to stop again. Console should have garage door opener and Bluetooth.
This is our third Escape, but first Hybrid. We love it. The quietness, non-pollution in Houston traffic, and electronic read-out system are great! It is a shock to people in parking lots to have a vehicle move without engine noise when in the electric function. I am proud not to be adding to the polluted air in Houston. It does fine on the interstate, also. The gasoline mileage improved after the first month, as we were told it would. The green color is pretty; my favorite Escape color was yellow. With oil uncertainty, I have done my part. It is important to me that we can still carry more cargo than if it were a smaller hybrid. We need that flexibility. No lifestyle change.
Quietness, gas utilization, electronic readouts, small SUV configuration and flexibility, non-pollution of the air, comfort of the seats, warning sound when backing & being higher off the road than smaller vehicles. We are former Volvo drivers-must have sharp steering, great brakes & stability.
I was not aware of the seat warmer button and pushed it without knowing it. Of course, for my climate, it is a feature not needed. Now, I know to avoid that button! A larger gas tank would be appreciated if we have to evacuate again for a hurricane.
First Ford that I have ever owned, but so far, loving it! It was the perfect car for commuting and fits our family perfectly. If we were all large framed it might not work as well. It is a fun car to drive, and makes my commute much more bearable.
6 disk in dash CD player is great. Peppy little 4 cylinder engine climbs the hills of California with no problem.
Remove the hand brake and install foot parking break; might increase space in the front seat area.
I looked at every Hybrid SUV and was convinced that the Ford Escape had the best technology for me. I wanted a Hybrid that the gasoline engine would turn off and it would run off batteries when possible. The Ford Escape was the ONLY SUV that would. I was surprised. What I hated was dealing with Ford! They make you take this very expensive and cheesy interior option package if you want an extra airbag. I think the option package added on an extra $3000! I was robbed ... especially when I found out that they downgraded the CD player from a 6 CD changer standard, to a single CD. Of course I'd already paid before I'd noticed. What a rip off!
Built in 110 socket.
Leave off the rip-off, force to buy options and let people get the options they want without stealing them blind.
Very comfortable and fun to drive. Lots of space for passengers and gear.
The navigation/hybrid display is great, love to watch the changes, helps to manage for max MPG. Very good acceleration and highway cruising power. Quiet interior. Nice, clean looking exterior.
More gauges like engine temp and oil pressure. Better instrumentation lighting. Need to light the steering wheel cruise controls. Also would like outdoor temp display with automatic mirrors. Improvement needed in placement of heated seat controls.
I have had mine for almost four months and it is great! I am averaging 30- 33mpg in combination driving. I get closer to 33 when I drive to max out the electric mode and watch my acceleration but even driving more aggressively I get around 30. I have the Premium Package and am very happy with this vehicle.
The combination of the I-4 and electric motor give this the feel and pickup of a 6 cylinder and it is very fun to drive.
I'd love to see them solve the problem with the AC compressor cutting off in electric only mode ... it's a minor annoyance at times.
I was amazed at the performance the Escape provided. It is a sharp looking small SUV, just right for me to drive all around town, to the grocery, nursery, and any other place I have a need to haul something. My friends like it too; it is very comfortable for passengers. I will probably keep this car for a long time.
Seating comfort, driving ease, radio/cd player, classy look for a small SUV, but easy for me to park at the shopping center, grocery,etc. My husband weighs 240 and is 6'2" tall and he has ample room for comfort and visibility. He likes for me to drive him around now that he is comfortable.
My Escape has everything I want and need.
Besides being cold now and the hybrid getting less than the advertised mileage due to that fact, everything else that was hyped about the hybrid is right on the money. I still think I would have bought one if I had known about cold weather affecting the mileage, but we all like truth in advertising don't we?
Comfortable interior, smooth ride, seamless acceleration. Large room, love the flip up hatch door.
Somehow eliminate the cold weather affect on the electric motor not coming on until the catalytic converter is warmed up.
Have found the switching between gas and electric to be seamless. Real fun to drive and with the fuel economy shown I find I am challenging myself to keep it on electric as long as possible. Got it at an average fuel economy of 33.7 MPG after a month and 2000 miles of use.
This auto is best by far than all the new autos I have owned. Starting is a snap. The gas engine does come on first. If you are willing to give the gas engine a chance to warm up, it's a plus. When you are finally ready to start it glides into motion like a boat does in the water. When you are in a lot looking for a space, the electric engine takes over and you ride effortlessly with no gas engine running, saving on gas. When at a stop the electric engine takes over. Whenever you accelerate it seems to have the power of a 6 cylinder engine; very peppy and then you glide down to a stop. I don't really care what the critics say about it I LOVE MY HYBRID!
My favorite feature is the quick start and a quick burst of power whenever you need it and a nice smooth drive whenever you need it.
Make GPS standard. I intend to add this my Hybrid as soon as I get the money. I will also like to see hands free cell phone. I would like to see something like OnStar.
The Escape is fun to drive, easy to get in and out of, and gets great fuel economy. I would recommend to anyone. I can choose to drive with quick performance or drive for maximum fuel economy. I have over 10k miles and usually get 34 mpg on a tank. Range for me has been 28 to 38 mpg.
Well, it's in the shop already. Only 15,000 miles. The synergy drive failed and left me on the side of the road. Who knows how long it will take to fix. Stuck with a Focus for part of this New England winter. Guess what? When the synergy drive dies, you can't even push the thing to the side of the road. It took six mechanics to move it 5 feet from the flatbed to the lift!
How about making the tech actually work reliably? Too much to ask?
I love the fact that I am in a Green car and it's an SUV. It runs great. I bought the 4wd with all the goodies possible; both interior and exterior look good to me. Only a few complaints, the mileage is not near what was expected. I actually do very little driving, mostly around town with lots of stops, I am getting about 25-27 mpg. The NAV system works really easily compared to my other car, however it will not allow you to program while driving. I know that is a safety feature but a passenger can program too! Last complaint is that the cruise control buttons should light up to make it easier to set at night. Other than that, love my car and glad I bought it.
Watching the MPG on the dash.
Add lights to the cruise control buttons.
Great little suv. Fun to drive and has plenty of pick up when needed. No horror stories yet.
More display gauges.
As owner of a previous v6 Escape i must say there is a big improvement over the old. Love the CVT tranny; it is so smooth and quiet. Ford has done a lot to improve overall quality of the Escape even through I love my v6 and have no problems with it. One thing that most reviewers don't mention is the lack of brake dust on the wheels. This was a constant problem with the v6. And as for gas mileage, this the reason you would buy this vehicle especially if you are in stop in go traffic -- it's great for an suv.
Gas mileage and cost to fill, CVT tranny, heated seats, sunroof, reverse sensors, Nav/stereo system, looks, 110 volt outlet, handling and technology.
Some of the plastics, lighted vanity mirrors.
Best car I ever owned. You must buy the navigation system option. We got the Premium Package. I'm glad we did. It came with all leather interior and heated seats which are great. I'll never buy another vehicle without heated seats and navigation system. The ride and handling is better than I expected.
Navigation system, on screen readout of engine/hybrid usage.
Sirius radio option.
It is a pleasure to drive. Right after I bought it, I drove it across country and really enjoyed the ride. It handles well and is full of power when you need it. I would like to see a few interior changes. It seems to be a solid and well built, but I would like a few more creature comforts inside. My vehicle before this was a Chrysler Town & Country. Ford should study that interior and copy a few things. I miss not having the temperature and direction display (plus average miles displayed digitally). I wish the rear seats would lift out. I get about 31.8 MPG average. All in all I love it. I plan to buy a second one soon. I rave about to all my friends.
The car is great. It is responsive and roomy, having all the attributes of my former Jeep without the ugly gas mileage and size. I especially love the display on the dash that tells me what the powertrain is doing at any time. I believe that this hybrid car has made me a much better driver, more conscious of mileage and more conscious of the virtues of driving smoothly and efficiently. But that doesn't mean that it does not have the pep and performance of an all gas powered vehicle. It has plenty. Over all, it is a joy to drive.
The info presentation on the dash is great. I like the leather upholstery and all the other features that do not seem to have been compromised because it happens to be a hybrid. Without putting the Prius down, it looks to me like a compromise with expected handling and safety characteristics.
Incorporate a plug in recharge feature so that the cross over point from electricity to gas might be raised and thus increase mileage even more.
We needed the all wheel drive feature since we live in the Sierra Nevada mountains where the roads are rough and the weather unpredictable. Since AWD is considered a 'premium feature' the dealer told us virtually all AWD models were factory built with the full premium package. So we ended up with a car/truck that had a lot more 'luxuries' than we wanted. Though not necessary, they make life more pleasant. As a result of the AWD, and our rough environment, we don't get anywhere near the stated mileage, but that's ok. We get about 24 hwy and 27 city mpg. It's a great car excellently put together. The biggest pleasures are the onboard NAV and the continuous acceleration transmission.
NAV, Continuously variable transmission, electrical outlets, many sensors (eg, low tire pressure), excellent acceleration, many instrument panel display options, good handling. I am not a fan of American engineering but every detail of this vehicle is beautifully designed right down to the cupholders.
Improve the mileage. Otherwise it has everything you could want and more.
I bought this vehicle when they were first released in December of 2004. Although I previously owned an Escape, and I do like this one. The performance is not what I expected. Mileage not a dramatic increase over a regular Escape. Also the dealership has been unable to service my vehicle for oil changes due to lack of experienced technicians with hybrids. Therefore I go to a trained mechanic that is Ford approved. I think the dealerships should be prepared to service the vehicles they sell. All in all I do like my Escape but there is room for improvement.
The automatic four wheel drive is a plus.
Better cloth on the interior seats.
A previous owner of a 02 XLT midnight which i loved, it was not hard for me to trade in for a fully loaded hybrid. I love the nav system and computer and the ride is so smooth and quite with the cvt tranny. Just all the improvements over my 02 model and the gas mileage was enough for me. It has plenty of power so the v6 is not missed and it doesn't stand out like the Toyota Prius. Don't expect too much in the gas mileage; that all depends on your driving. I'm currently getting 30 with hardly any stop and go traffic in which this vehicles shines. Got a great deal on mine.
The audiophile, nav system, premium leather with heat, moon roof, reverse sensors, looks of course, computer, technology, ride and handling and interior room.
Ability to run longer and at higher speeds on battery. Being able to take off quicker on battery alone and needs electric a/c; other than that I love it.
Purchased about one week ago. Dealer was running "special" with $2,500 off sticker. Runs great -- got fully loaded with sunroof/navigation system/leather. Did not really need 4 wheel drive but keep in mind not a huge selection at most dealers (believe I had 8 to choose from -- many dealers in Orange County only have one or two). Mileage averaging about 28 mpg overall compared to claim of low-mid 30's. Quick acceleration and happy with tire selection by Ford - Continental - give a smooth ride.
Like the drive and even though vehicle looks small compared to other SUV's -- very spacious and comfortable inside.
More realistic MPG information -- also need more selection at the dealers. Also, only on top end vehicles were there monochrome, decent colors -- most were two tone with the plastic trim a different color, that cheapens the look. More selection to choose from would be nice.
I like this thing better than I thought I would. It doesn't feel slow, the gas mileage is good but not great ... until you compare it to OTHER SUV's, like my wife's Acura MDX which gets 12 MPG in the city while I'm getting 25 in hilly San Francisco, heh heh heh. Interior is very pleasant and unpretentious. I see people are raving about the AC outlet, but I doubt if they ever tried to use it -- it handles only very low wattage, so plugging in anything useful trips the circuit breaker and shuts it off. Can't even plug in my tire inflation pump. For my usage, which includes city commuting plus trips into the snow, this AWD hybrid is perfect.
The ride is firm enough but pleasant, and I don't bother slowing down over bad roads, it just sucks up the bumps and boinks without complaint. I like how peppy and maneuverable it feels, surprising for a large golf cart.
Beef up the AC outlet or don't bother. Could be quieter overall, and brakes do squeak a bit.
Rented a Prius for a day to "check" out the hybrids - was told that the Ford Escape was similar to the Toyota. Almost bought a Prius - but really wanted an SUV. Searched the internet for local dealer inventory; good experience, good salesman, good finance manager. I think showing up the last day of the month helped - with the Edmunds info in hand. Mileage in city is usually 32. Having trouble getting 30 MPG highway.
Love the height off the road. Zippy, does feel like a V6. Seats fold flat. Good look - bigger wheels, solid feeling doors and handles. Like the rear opening window.
AC must run off battery, not only just when motor is running. Can't see gauges well at night. MORE storage - when I changed from a Highlander - had two crates I couldn't put in vehicle. Larger pockets for doors as an example. When folding rear seats flat, you lose all the storage behind front seats.
Loved the 2002 Escape so much my wife said we should get the Hybrid version. Stands a little taller, lacks the 12 volt outlet in the back, but is much quieter than old version. Perforated leather is softer and seats more comfortable. Drivetrain performance is not noticeably different than the V6 2002 we are used to. Sound system is good and the navigation is a neat plus when driving to unfamiliar destinations. No engine noise at stops and speeds under 30 is something we have gotten used to quickly. Electric power steering gives reasonable road feedback but not the same as traditional. When accelerating the engine spools up quickly, the vehicles moves smoothly without any gear changing.
Good night light pattern. Auto dim on navigation display. Multiple information displays in driver cluster. Knowing how many miles to empty. Averaging 30.6 mpg on the first 3 tanks of a AWD-SUV. That's better than the 19 on the '02 model.
Put the 12v outlet in the back for my refrigerator. Put some radio controls on the steering wheel. Make it easier to turn the auto door locks on and off when needed (activation button on dash?). I miss the temperature gauge. Oil pressure would be nice too.
I traded in my 2001 Prius for a bit more room and to get "up" above the traffic a bit. Found the Escape to be a pretty good replacement (though about 15 mpg lower than the Prius). The Escape performs beautifully and rides well. I do feel a bit let down by the interior though. I got the Premium Package (recommended) to at least get some comfort items, but it is a far cry from the interior on my Eddie Bauer Expedition as far as useful design and layout. Doesn't have adequate storage for misc items in the driver area -- just the arm console.
I really like the backup sensor on the Premium Package. Nav System is great, though the screen is small and is not a touch screen (like in the Prius). Very attractive paint. LOVE the 110 volt outlet.
Rear cargo carpet is a joke, comes loose all the time. Outdoor temperature indicator is a must! Heated seats come on by accident too easily (just climbing in), not needed in the Houston heat. Larger/touch screen LCD (like in the Prius) would be welcomed. MP3 player input jack for radio.
I originally drove a Ford Explorer that received an amazing 12 miles per gallon. Driving the Escape hybrid I've been able to achieve 30 miles per gallon. Learning to drive the hybrid for maximum efficiency takes some time but the reward is worth the effort. The interior is clean but has some quirks, the plastics are not as nice as the new Explorer. Overall, it still is very comfortable. An optional Edison AC plug is really cool, and lets you plug in most anything. Beware of some dealerships having a 'Limited Availability Option'...look for family owned dealerships...a lot friendlier and easier to deal with.
Nav-System with fuel mileage graph, Edison AC plug.
Updated interior with new plastics, automatic headlights, an exterior temperature gauge, tire pressure monitor.
Very satisfactory vehicle. Drove it cross country Baltimore to Steamboat to Park City to Boise and back averaging 70mph and got approximately 27mpg. No problems in the Rockies with always available power to climb and pass going up grades of 7 percent. In the high altitudes with no air resistance I was getting nearly 45mpg with the car fully loaded. Sound system is boomy with the plastic door panel mountings and no input for iPods or XM/Sirius radios. The NAV system is OK but GARMINS are MUCH better and more flexible. I know have 11,000 miles and everything appears to be in good shape.
Comfort Styling and Economy.
Larger fuel tank, better NAV, better speaker performance, better handling (too much understeer) and produce a diesel/ electric hybrid which would probably get spectacular mileage.
I wanted 4WD but with electric hybrid performance, and this is what Ford Escape delivers. A fun vehicle to drive, great pick-up, but must be easy on the revs to get higher mpg; watch the in-dash screen, which becomes a kind of game of "drive different" for best economy. Really like this new SUV, meets all my expectations.
Design, tight feel, swift, economical, and so quiet, so can enjoy the onboard sound system. I love the GPS Navigation too. Gone from the "putt-putt" age to the cool, smooth "space age". Nice job Ford!
Give new drivers a class on how to get best economy. Provide an extra "valet" key.
Really glad we got it. Good for the environment (eventually we will all have hybrids). Wanted an suv but not the lousy mileage. Getting about 29-30 mpg in the first 1500 miles (pretty much all city stuff). The technology is unbelievable. Could only get $1k off sticker but even that was good comparatively. No hesitation about getting this car.
I traded in a Lincoln Continental over Labor Day weekend and have had it in the shop twice already. While on a trip I had the electrical hazard warning light come on, and thus far, Ford has flown up engineers to look at the vehicle to no avail. It makes an ungodly whiny/grindy noise when moving forward. I can't fill the gas tank up completely, and the RPMs went crazy while on my trip. The transition between gas and electric is not seamless, and sometimes the electric motor does NOT kick in when going under 25 mph or at stop lights, etc. I believe in the Hybrid, wanted it, gave up lots that I had with the Lincoln but I do believe I got a lemon. I just want one that works!
I love the body style, the look of the truck the sound system is good, gas usage is ok. I am not getting what I had hoped for (but that could be due to problems that I am having with the particular vehicle). My husband loves the nav system (must be a male thing!)
More tilt in the tilt steering, auto lights should be standard. The headrests in the back block my view leaving a big blind spot. Back window is also too small I think. Y'all need to build more soon to give consumers more exterior color choices, and other options! Wish I had the sunroof...
Traded in my 4WD pick-up that got 15 mpg. Wanted to get this vehicle last winter, but there was no real availability in my area at that time. I have had it for a month and have driven about 2,500 miles and overall I am very pleased. I have averaged 30 mpg for all types of driving. I had to install a back-up alarm because when this vehicle is operating on electric you can't hear anything but the tires moving. I didn't get much for options because I have a Garmin Street Pilot GPS system. I take the vehicle out on backwoods roads to take me to hiking locations and it is a bit weird to roll along with no engine noise. People often stop to inquire about it and I'm always glad to inform them.
Message system is informative. Seats are comfortable. Pickup, when you need extra acceleration, with the combined effort of the gas and electric engine is impressive. The safety package with side curtain airbags and seat deployed airbags is an excellent option to have.
Rear cargo area carpet won't stay down when you need to slide heavy objects in or out of the cargo area. A Gentex style auto-dimming mirror with compass/temp and a maplight would have been a great addition.
4,000 miles in less than three months, very happy with it. Wanted a replacement for my Explorer with better fuel economy/greener. Made the move just before gas prices went nuts, found that some Houston dealers had them on the lots. Bought one with leather seats; my wife liked the ride despite the leather. Very happy with performance, just short of 30 MPG despite mostly highway miles. The A/C not running under battery is a pain, but the gas engine only stays off for more than a couple miles if you are in very slow traffic. Challenging to get above 20 MPH on the electric motor, requires a subtle touch on the pedal. Safety package/side airbags a pleasant surprise.
Lots of headroom for my 6'2" wife and 6'4" carpooler. Uh, the mileage! A SUV I don't feel guilty to drive. Fun to drive, not real macho but ++ geek factor. Decent clearance on 16 inch tires. Feels very safe with safety package. A/C adapter eliminates need for car charger. Performs very well.
Don't like the center console shifter and emergency brake, move them to column/floor. Electric A/C compressor. Rear A/C vents. Slightly longer center arm rest. Seats as deep as my Explorer. A/C outlet takes up good spots for phones/iPods/etc.
Hybrids are great for the gridlocked, rush-hour driving in a city like Atlanta. Gas mileage is outstanding in these conditions. I bought this car off the lot, and did NOT pay the markup prices they were trying for. At the same time, in these times of high gasoline cost, don't expect the dealer to drop much if any below MSRP; just don't pay for the garbage "features". The Escape Hybrid has adequate roominess, and is surprisingly roomy for a tall guy like myself (6'4") behind the wheel.
Gas mileage, particularly in city rush hour traffic. Ride is smooth, acceptable roominess. A nice feature is the fact that the radio continues to function (even after the car is turned off) until the door is opened. The 110V power outlet will prove to be very useful.
For the price, a lot of the interior features seem to be cheap and "plasticky", a particular bane of Ford products. The windshield wiper controls (especially for the back window wiper) looks cluttered and unnecessarily complicated. Some controls seem to be unnecessarily "crowded".