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Vehicle2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
ReviewLoved the 2002 Escape so much my wife said we should get the Hybrid version. Stands a little taller, lacks the 12 volt outlet in the back, but is much quieter than old version. Perforated leather is softer and seats more comfortable. Drivetrain performance is not noticeably different than the V6 2002 we are used to. Sound system is good and the navigation is a neat plus when driving to unfamiliar destinations. No engine noise at stops and speeds under 30 is something we have gotten used to quickly. Electric power steering gives reasonable road feedback but not the same as traditional. When accelerating the engine spools up quickly, the vehicles moves smoothly without any gear changing.
Best FeaturesGood night light pattern. Auto dim on navigation display. Multiple information displays in driver cluster. Knowing how many miles to empty. Averaging 30.6 mpg on the first 3 tanks of a AWD-SUV. That's better than the 19 on the '02 model.
Worst FeaturesPut the 12v outlet in the back for my refrigerator. Put some radio controls on the steering wheel. Make it easier to turn the auto door locks on and off when needed (activation button on dash?). I miss the temperature gauge. Oil pressure would be nice too.
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