2012 Ford Escape Hybrid 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
2012 Escape Hybrid - FWD
1. Acceleration is on par with our conventional 2003 V6 Escape.
2. Getting better than the EPA estimate of 32mpg combined and that is with the AC running most of the time.
3. SYNC is awesome.
4. Since the base hybrid is more equivalent to a V6 XLT when considering options and performance characteristics the actual hybrid premium is closer to $4500 which makes this a great value.
5. There is an 8yr/100,000 mile warranty on the battery.
1. Exterior is a little dated.
2. Must insert and turn key like a conventional vehicle to "start" it.
3. ICE always on above 45mph which seems like a waste while coasting down a long steep grade at highway speeds.
1. 110-volt 150watt 2 prong AC outlet. Nice for all kinds of lower power gadgets like DVD plays, laptops, etc.
2. NAV system.
3. HEV display (NAV system only) which shows a lot of useful information about how the computer is controling the vehicle including thottle demand overlaid with ICE on/off thresholds, brake demand overlaid with regenerative braking target band. This is invaluable if you want to maximum fuel economy.
4. SYNC...put all of your songs on a flash drive, hands free calling, etc.
5. Capless gas tank (trivial...I know)
6. Electric AC is really cold and works while the ICE is off.
I'm guessing the ICE is on at speeds above 45 just based on normal ICE needs for a hybrid at those speeds. If you are COASTING down hill and maintaining highway speeds the engine is probably getting in excess of 200 mpg anyway. The instantaneous MPG display on my fully ICE V8 AWD vehicle maxes out a 200 mpg and if I go above that the display just shows three horizontal lines. That's usually what happens to the display when I am able to coast down hill at highway speed so I wouldn't fret too much about waste if the engine running under those conditions. May also be a function of fluid circulation for the trans since the drive train is still turning a good portion of it at highway speeds. Or could be related to a smooth transition back to ICE power at that speed should it be needed. I'm sure the engineers at Ford have good reason(s) for leaving the engine running with the vehicle moving at those speeds what ever it is/they are. As for the AC both it and the power steering pump run off a separate electric motor so they can function when the ICE is off. This is common to all ICE hybrids. AC not working when the ICE is off would be a nuisance in a hybrid and probably a deal breaker for most people. The power steering not working when the ICE is off would be down right unsafe.
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