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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 (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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great little suv. Fun to drive and has plenty of pick up when needed. No horror stories yet.
More display gauges.
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.
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.
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.
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".
I bought the car 8/31. The ABS brakes went out on 9/3. Dealer had car till 9/7. I drove it one more day and now 9/9, it's back at the dealership for same problem. The 3 days I drove it was very nice. My challenge was running entirely on the electric motor. I bought the cheapest model and got it for $1000 under MSRP. "Never pay sticker or mark up!"
Electric motor, ride and handling.
Fix my truck!
Walked into dealer with no thoughts of this kind of vehicle on my mind. Was attracted to body style with the new black paint. Then thought about the price of gas and I was sold! Hybrid engine works great and hardly gives notice that it's anything other than a regular internal combustion engine.
Interior is a level above what one might expect from a small SUV. Very comfortable and user friendly, except for the placement of the 6 disc changer under the front passenger seat. Overall, I'm pleased as can be for getting a vehicle I had never considered.
CD changer placement (under passenger seat), sun visor design and air conditioning is weak at best when car is standing still.
I really enjoy owning this vehicle. It has great acceleration when needed and a very smooth ride. The interior has clean lines and is very comfortable. The gauges are easy to read. The gasoline savings in downtown traffic are great.
All the perks of an SUV with great mpg.
Would really like for the sun visors to have tinted extensions and the mirrors in the visors could be a little larger and lighted. A must for the female driver. Ceiling lights are not easy to access. Would like extra set in front.
I bought this vehicle because I wanted the functionality and style of a SUV but the gas mileage of a car. I have been very pleased so far. The air conditioner only works well when the engine is running, so in the hot summer days of the South you must leave it on max and forgo the electricity. But as the engine is supplemented by the battery you still get great gas mileage with the air on max. It averages about 27.5 on the highway at 75mph. In the city I get about 30 to 32 with the air on max. Overall I am happy with the purchase, but since it is hard to find, dealers WILL NOT give you a deal. You MUST pay the sticker price -- *OUCH*.
Very stylish interior. The controls are easy to read and understand. Navigation system is easy to use and pretty accurate. Moonroof is a really big plus.
Need to incorporate a place to put change & space to store CDs. Arm rests in seats themselves would be nice too instead of relying on the center console. My model doesn't have automatic off/on headlights. This should be standard. Don't like having to take off headrests to fold down back seat.
Fun to drive, Plenty of power in the mountains. Comfortable seats especially in the rear with good vision out. Plenty of storage space and good mileage.
Quiet just plain fun to come in without noise. Easy to park.
Better sun visors and inside / outside thermometers.
Not told by salesman that A/C didn't work while car stopped or running on battery, must start engine by switching AC to Max. No fuel savings if engine needs to run so that the AC will work. No cargo net.
Like Escape overall being my second one.
Need A/C to work full time with or without the engine running. Need cargo net. Upgrade interior as plain jane now.
Just bought a 2006 the day after the dealer received it. I was going to buy a 2005, but stumbled across the 2006 on the internet at the last second. It is an amazing vehicle. Early trip computer results are showing 33.5 mpg. It's amazing to drive through the subdivision at 25 mph with the tach pegged at 0, i.e. all electric drive. A money saver not usually noted is that scheduled oil changes are every 10,000 miles. Should pay for those hot summer days in Texas where you need to use max air conditioning and sacrifice a little mileage.
Mileage, mileage, mileage. Excellent acceleration.
Leather seats should be perforated. Would be nice if the cruise controls in the steering wheel were illuminated. Does not have as many storage areas as my previous SUVs.
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