2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
After driving 1000 miles to see our son in college in our Jeep Wrangler we found we had averaged 16.94 gallons per mile. When we got home, Israel had just bombed Lebanon - that was it, the oil situation could not be getting better so it was time to go green! We purchased our 2007 Ford Escape in July of 2006 and have loved every minute of it. Yes the tax credit has now allowed us to discontinue our income tax from being withheld from our paychecks for the rest of the year (based on IRS estimates of what we've already paid in) but we love the competition to see who can drive the farthest without the gas kicking in, and we really enjoy saving the environment!
We have always driven vehicles without the frills to save money, now we have a six CD changer, cruise control, and when we fill up the tank, a message comes up saying we have 411 miles until refill!
With a heat index of 115 degrees in the summer, we did burn gas deliberately to utilize the maximum air conditioning feature - I'm sure not a problem for those in more moderate climates.
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