First 3,000 miles
By Double L on
2005 Ford Escape Hybrid Fwd 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
The driving experience is unlike any other. I have owned two other SUV's, ('98 Jeep Grand Cherokee & '02 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer.) This is closer in size to the Jeep. It lacks the power that I was used to in the Expedition, however on 15 gals of gas I can go 150 miles further. That's what it is all about now. $3.00/gallon gas is just around the corner. Acceleration is strange. The engine will rev-up but you don't move ahead proportionally. It almost feels like a slipping clutch on a standard transmission. That is normal in this vehicle. Braking is also different as the regenerative system provides the stopping down until 12 mph, then the calipers kick in. It handles well in the snow and cold. Learning more every day.
The Nav system and sound option is worth getting. I have learned new shortcuts and have saved more gas and time accordingly. The fuel economy display is also helpful teaching you how to drive more efficiently. Operating this vehicle is a learning experience.
Outside temp display, rear sensor, radio controls on steering wheel, auto dim on mirror, heated mirrors, tow package,better quality leather seating, key pad on door, more color choices, DIESEL HYBRID option, better floor mats; maybe something to tell you that the vehicle is still running.