Used 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid


Used 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid

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Edmunds' Expert Review

  • Most fuel-efficient SUV out there
  • peppy performance
  • innovative high-tech features
  • top marks in crash tests.
  • Steep price tag
  • noisy under hard acceleration
  • lackluster braking performance.

Though it's getting a little long in the tooth, the 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid's combination of practicality and excellent fuel economy make it worth a look.

Vehicle overview

The Ford Escape Hybrid has been around for five years now. Somewhat surprisingly, Ford's still got a lock on this market segment; if you're looking for a small hybrid crossover SUV, the Escape is the only game in town. The good news is that there's a lot to like here.

While the Escape Hybrid's numbers -- 66.1 cubic feet of cargo room and EPA fuel economy estimates as high as 32 mpg in combined driving -- might not seem all that impressive, put the two together and you've got a pretty versatile and efficient urban runabout. The Escape is well equipped with some cool technological features, including Ford's Sync voice-activated multimedia system and an automated parallel-parking feature.

The Escape Hybrid is not without its faults, however. For example, the design is a bit dated and the hybrid system's hardware adds weight that adversely affects handling and braking. Paying a premium amounting to roughly $6,000 compared to a comparably equipped Escape XLT is also hard to justify for folks whose primary interest is saving money at the gas pumps. It also appears as though the Escape will receive a redesign for 2012, with more attractive styling and added refinement.

With all that in mind, we suggest buyers consider a few other options before going with the current Escape Hybrid. Traditional gasoline-powered models like the Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 are better vehicles overall than the Escape and still get decent fuel economy. You might also check out the diesel-powered Volkswagen Jetta TDI wagon, as it's nearly identical in terms of both fuel economy and cargo capacity. But if you're set on a small hybrid crossover, the 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid will do you right.

Ford Escape Hybrid models

The 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid is available in two trim levels: base and Limited. The base model includes 16-inch alloy wheels, foglights, an integrated driver blind-spot mirror, full power accessories, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power driver seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, the Sync system (includes iPod interface and Bluetooth), a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control and a four-speaker CD stereo with an auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio. Ford's MyKey technology is also now standard across the model lineup.

Upgrading to the Escape Hybrid Limited adds chrome exterior accents, a sunroof, rear parking assist, a rearview camera with a display located in the rearview mirror, piano-black interior treatments, leather upholstery, heated front seats and mirrors and multicolor ambient lighting.

Options include the sunroof (base model only) and a voice-operated navigation system that includes a hybrid energy flow/fuel-consumption display and a premium seven-speaker audio system that includes digital music storage, Sirius Travel Link and new HD radio capability. The Limited may also be equipped with an automatic parallel-parking system.

2011 Highlights

Changes to the 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid are relatively minor. The Leather package now includes heated front seats, an available Smokers package and HD radio capability (requires optional navigation system). Ford's MyKey system is now standard on all models.

Performance & mpg

The 2011 Escape Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine as well as a battery-powered electric motor; combined they produce 177 horsepower. Power is sent through a planetary gearset-based continuously variable transmission (CVT) that provides seamless transitions between gas and electric modes. All-wheel-drive (AWD) models come with an additional electric motor to power the rear wheels when additional acceleration or traction is needed.

In the absence of instrumented test results, we expect acceleration to be comparable to the gasoline-powered base Ford Escape XLS, which reaches 60 mph from a standstill in about 9 seconds. EPA estimates for fuel economy put the front-wheel-drive Escape Hybrid at the top of the hybrid SUV category with 34 mpg city/31 mpg highway and 32 mpg in combined driving. The AWD version is rated at 30/27/29 mpg.


The 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid comes standard with antilock brakes (front disc, rear drum), stability control, front-seat side airbags and full-length head curtain airbags with rollover sensors. Ford's programmable MyKey system allows parents to specify maximum speed limits and stereo volumes for their teenage drivers.

In government crash testing, the 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid scored three out of five stars for all occupants in both frontal and side impacts. Likewise, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Escape Hybrid its highest ranking of "Good" for frontal offset and side crash protection. Though we haven't performed instrumented testing on a 2011 Escape Hybrid, we expect braking from 60 mph to be poor and probably a bit longer than the disappointing 138-foot distance of a V6 Limited model we tested recently.


While some hybrid models have developed a reputation for sluggish performance, the 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid actually doesn't feel that different from its V6-powered cousins. The only tip-off that there isn't a six-cylinder engine under the hood is the labored sounds you hear during hard acceleration.

The suspension produces a decent ride quality, but the extra 300 pounds of hybrid hardware makes the vehicle less nimble than the regular Escape. That extra weight also contributes to long stopping distances, though the brake pedal does have a solid feel to it. Some drivers may also find the brakes a bit touchy until they get used to them.


The 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid features an attractive interior dressed up with soft-touch materials. Limited models look even more upscale thanks to their chrome and piano-black accents and ambient lighting that allow you to change the color to suit your mood.

While the cabin is relatively roomy, its design is starting to show its age. For example, the front seats are liable to make some folks feel like they're sitting too high up and the lack of a telescoping steering column might make it more difficult for some drivers to get comfortable. The rear seat will hold a couple of average-sized adults, though the lack of reclining seatbacks and fore/aft adjustability make it less comfortable than it could be.

Speaking of those 60/40-split rear seatbacks, there's 28 cubic feet of storage with them up and 66 cubic feet of cargo capacity with them folded down. Folding the seatback down is cumbersome as it requires the headrests to be removed and the bottom cushions to be tumbled forward, a consequence of offering a flat load floor.

One highlight that may well make you forget about these negatives is Ford's voice-operated Sync system that lets you control your cell phone and MP3 player with simple spoken commands. The available navigation system's Sirius Travel Link service is equally handy, with its ability to provide all kinds of useful information including gas prices at nearby stations, live weather radar images, movie theater show times and more.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid.

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Average user rating: 5.0 stars based on 2 total reviews

Trending topics in reviews

  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • safety
  • maintenance & parts
  • oil
  • fuel efficiency
  • brakes

Most helpful consumer reviews

4.625 out of 5 stars, 2011 Escape Hybrid

I purchased a new 2011 Escape Hybrid AWD Limited in early 2011. It currently has 50,000 miles on it and I have had 0 issues. I live in Colorado and the hybrid handles the snow, curvy and sometimes steep grades, dirt roads and carrying four people with gear to fly fishing destinations throughout the state with ease. I have followed the dealer recommended maintenance schedule of change the oil every 10K miles, the brakes are at 50% and I average 33 miles to the gallon with a 60 mile round trip highway drive to work each day. The four cylinder is a bit loud at speed but this easily masked by turning up the exceptional sound system.

5 out of 5 stars, Excellent

Very pleased with this car. Was hesitant to by a hybrid being worried about the AWD Capability, but it has exceeded my expectations. I always feel safe and confident going through tough weather.

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Features & Specs

Limited 4dr SUV features & specs
Limited 4dr SUV
2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT
MPG 34 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
177 hp @ 6000 rpm

4dr SUV features & specs
4dr SUV
2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT
MPG 34 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
177 hp @ 6000 rpm

4dr SUV AWD features & specs
2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT
MPG 30 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
177 hp @ 6000 rpm

Limited 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
Limited 4dr SUV AWD
2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT
MPG 30 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
177 hp @ 6000 rpm

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NHTSA Overall Rating 3 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall3 / 5
Driver2 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall3 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall3 / 5
Driver3 / 5
Passenger3 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat3 / 5
Back Seat3 / 5
Rollover3 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover23.7%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Roof Strength Test
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test

Ford Escape Hybrid for sale


Is the Ford Escape Hybrid a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2011 Escape Hybrid both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Ford Escape Hybrid fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Escape Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg to 32 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Escape Hybrid has 27.8 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Ford Escape Hybrid. Learn more
Is the Ford Escape Hybrid reliable?
To determine whether the Ford Escape Hybrid is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Escape Hybrid. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Escape Hybrid's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2011 Escape Hybrid is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid?

The least-expensive 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid is the 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $30,570.

Other versions include:

  • Limited 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $33,080
  • 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $30,570
  • 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $32,320
  • Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $34,830
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What are the different models of Ford Escape Hybrid?
If you're interested in the Ford Escape Hybrid, the next question is, which Escape Hybrid model is right for you? Escape Hybrid variants include Limited 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). For a full list of Escape Hybrid models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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Used 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid Overview

The Used 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid is offered in the following submodels: Escape Hybrid SUV. Available styles include Limited 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT).

What do people think of the 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2011 Escape Hybrid 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2011 Escape Hybrid.

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Our Review Process

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