2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
We wanted a large vehicle for a family of four but also wanted the economy of a small vehicle and the peace of mind of low emissions. The Escape Hybrid meets all of these requirements. With the exception of low quality interior cloth, it is a well sealed, very comfortable roomy ride for my 6 foot 4 inch frame. With the spacious second row seating and huge cargo area we can easily accommodate our family for comfortable road trips. Current average MPG is 29.5, as indicated on the fuel economy/navigation screen. My only concern is all the computer and electric motor technology. Repairs are likely to be expensive if/when needed, but the extended warranty helps with overall piece of mind.
The navigation system is lots of fun as well as the fuel economy graph. Getting around in unfamiliar territory only requires entering an address and letting the car take you there.
I wish the electric side of the spectrum had more capability. Bigger, longer lasting batteries with ability to fully charge overnight would be a plus. Adding a diesel engine and a manual gas engine cutoff switch would be wonderful as well for ultimate economy and fuel efficiency.