2008 Ford Escape Hybrid 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I now have over 8500 miles on this car since June '07, including several 400+ mile trips. Gas mileage has been better than advertised, averaging over 34 miles per gallon composite city and highway driving (I do drive with economy in mind and have filled my tires with dry nitrogen which also helps economy). The ride remains very smooth, comfortable, and tight. Acceleration when required is good. Handling is quick and nimble (that doesn't make it a sports car though) and there is still no sign of tip-up while cornering. This vehicle continues to be everything I had hoped for and more, thank you Ford for making it available and please build more hybrids for us (e.g., a Ford Fusion Hybrid).
Audio system, ride, handling, gas mileage, interior convenience, frequency of service (10,000 mile intervals), engine shuts off at lights and doesn't start again until around 25 MPH or when sharper acceleration requires it, can drive through parking lots on battery alone saving lots of gas.
Modify the hybrid computer firmware to allow the engine not to run when starting the vehicle, like the Prius. Put out a package to upgrade the audio system to sync MP3 players through the Audio system like they are coming out with in 2008 on most of the Ford vehicles.
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