2008 Ford Escape Hybrid 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
We are very discerning car buyers. We have bought three new BMWs in the last 10 years, have had two Chevy Suburbans, and own a brand new Range Rover. We shopped for a hybrid partly because we were feeling guilty, and have no affection for Japanese cars. The Ford Escape Hybrid is, without a question, a neat little vehicle. Both my wife and I are both enjoying it greatly. Does it have the finish of a Range Rover? No, but it also costs about $50,000 less and it uses a lot less gas. The Escape has a lot of pep. It darts around town as well as any car. And all the while, we feel a little less guilty using it than we do when we are using our other cars.
We love the Hybrid version used by Ford. It runs either electric or gas, but not both at the same time. The GM version runs both electric and gas simultaneously. Very solid feel.
The only improvements we would suggest would regard the plastic finish levels on the door pockets and on the trim around the door jambs which overlay the carpets - this could be tighter, and be done with a higher quality/more durable material.