'08 Escape Hybrid
By John Miraldi on
2008 Ford Escape Hybrid 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I recently purchased this vehicle after reading a number of positive reviews on various internet sites, but quite honestly, this vehicle is very average. Overall build quality is below Honda and Toyota. Performance is very average in terms of acceleration,noise etc. Vehicle feels very loose on the highway. Gas mileage has been good...as advertised. Beware if you drive in a warm weather region because the air conditioning compressor shuts off at stops and when the car is running on the electric motor only. If you are in a traffic jam on a 90 degree day, you are in for a painful ride. Also, beware the the $3,000 tax credit may not apply if you make six figures and utilize the AMT
Plenty of room for a small SUV. Vehicle feels more substantial when driving it than it actually is. Transfer from electric to gasoline power is very very smooth.
Interior build quality. Seat are very cheap feeling, especially the rear seats. Fit and finish of plastic components is poor. Also must remove the rear headrests to fold down the rear seats