2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
We looked at the 2008 sneak-peek pics and the LA auto show write-ups & pics, but we decided we liked the 2007 interior/exterior design best because it looks less truck-like than the new designs. My wife's the primary driver, and she loves this vehicle. In the first 500 miles, neither of us have any buyer's remorse.
Fuel economy; AWD; extremely smooth transitions between electric and engine propulsions; interior/exterior design; good "way-back" storage/capacity behind 2nd seats; high fun-to-drive quotient; comfortable front seats; familiar interior feel/layout (similar to our 2004 Expedition).
Stability control system; needs external air temp display ("D'Oh!"); more noise dampening in the passenger compartment (when gas engine is engaged); long-in-the-tooth GPS comes with 2-year-old CDs that cost $200 to update every 2 years...upgrade to DVDs; move heated front seats control to dashboard.