2008 Ford Escape Hybrid Consumer Review: Only a bit shy of perfect!

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Only a bit shy of perfect!
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2008 Ford Escape Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


I've driven Explorers and 1 Mountaineer since '94, about 600,000 miles altogether, you might say I liked them. This is definitey the next thing. I'll admit to driving around 70-75 mph far more than the cops would like, and am getting 28.3 - 29.7 mpg. It's very comfortable, and I love driving a hybrid and still have awd, 4 seats and doors, some cargo space, an actual suv, y'know! -I think (hope) that Ford'll notch things up a bit in the next couple model years. Mine will kill the engine and then restart it 10 sec later (or even less!) regularly. You/it must start the engine to use the car. In this century all cars need locking fuel doors (actually they always should have had them)

Best Features

Hybrid! Good mileage! Excellent leather interior and amenities. Great sunroof! The mechanical/power/fuel consumption display and the whole media. GPS. Control center. All the displays and indicators. I'm really glad I could get one that's not a hideous green color.

Worst Features

A locking fuel door and/or cap! The most expensive gas ever, and Hank's boys didn't think of it or want to be bothered! More extensive user control of the automatic lighting and locking functions. More/better soundproofing / noise reduction. improved ev drive utilization.
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