2008 Ford Escape Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Had the Escape for 2 months with 2K miles on it. Mileage is excellent 25.5mpg lowest during break in, highest 36.6 on 300 mile trip. Very short hops kill your mileage (less than 5 mi). Nav system is easy to use. GPS is very accurate. Audiophile sound system is great. Side step rails are no assistance getting in the car because there is no grab handles in the interior. Very comfortable leather seats - seat warmers are a must in cold climate. 110 AC plug is great - no power adapter needed for iPod, finally an audio jack in dash. Usual wind noise with moon roof. Since batteries are in real storage area under deck there is a lack of storage. Roof side rails are plastic and flimsy.
Mileage, instrument layout, nav and audio sys, comfortable seats with good head room, all disc brakes, solid handling. Love the new ice blue color, does not show dust. Good power going up steep slopes at freeway speed. After 1st oil change then change every 10K
Poor acceleration at 40 mph up steep slopes, lack of interior storage, no engine temp gauge, difficult to adjust electric seat once door is close - tight fit for arm between seat and door, must remove rear head rests to fold down rear seats, lack of stability sys, no vol controls on steering wheel.