By David on
2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Great power from a 2.5L engine, but when I saw rear drum brakes in a 2009 I thought I was seeing things. I wasn't. This car is under-braked. It is hard to stop in hard braking. It is also a little squirrely in handling turns, the Escape tends to wallow in mountain turns at freeway speeds. Overall a peppy car to drive around town but I find it difficult to get the electric motor to turn on at low speeds, even using a very light touch.
Engine accessibility, I changed the oil today and it was super easy. Oil filter is a permanent canister so you only change the filter media. A great plus is that when you unscrew the canister it is upside down and holds all the oil. Most cars dump oil everywhere when you unscrew the filter
Good disk brakes on the rear would make this hybrid a 9.9