I purchased my 2009 escape hybrid from my company fleet department.
It was driven by a colleague of mine for 99K.
I took it to Ford for the 100k service, all it needed was spark plugs, cabin filters and Oil Change!
Are you kidding me?
She said the hybrids have less wear and tear than a normal ICE (Internal Combustion Engine).
Yeah the handling and performance is not of a BMW X5, but how about that reliability! and 33-35MPG that I get consistently.
Oh and the 100k service $400 bucks at the dealer.
All in all it has been a solid vehicle.
No major repairs. Bought used from a dealer 2.5yrs ago w/ 40K.
I drive 50K miles/yr for work.
summer I avg 28-31MPG. In the winter 26-27mpg.
Not sure how much cold weather affects mileage, because I let the car warm up in the driveway regulary.
Recently my wife started driving and avgs 23-25MPG.
Thought something wrong, so I reset the mpg.
It went up to 30.
I believe the driver has the most impact on MPG.
I purchase mine used in Nov 2010 and it had 32k miles on it.
It was a fleet vehicle which probably means car rental which concerned me a bit, however aside from buying new, used versions are difficult to find.
I'm 6'6"and few cars/trucks fit me.
For being a compact SUV, this one is just right!
At temperatures above 50 deg, I'm averaging around 37mpg in mixed driving.
To get to the level I learned to maximize the battery when driving under 40mph as the engine can shutoff and drive under all electric power for a short time.
You really have to learn the thresholds as to when the engine will kick in driving under 40 then try to maximize the battery.
This will yield higher MPGs.
Limited 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Very reliable and comfortable with traction in deep snow as good or better than my explorer. Around town, less than 40 mph, the electric motors give smooth, quiet, gas free acceleration and all braking refills the battery. Room for the skis, snowboards and boots in the vehicle while seating 4, or on top with room for 5. In 118,000 miles the driver's front wheel bearing has failed twice and the lower ball joints have been replaced once. Other than that the engine/motors and "Continuously Variable Transmission" and body and drive train have been flawless.
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
After 6,000 mi driving on top of the acquired 50,700 mi I can report exceeding the EPA reported mileage of 31 mpg, respectively I did 35 mpg on Hwy and higher for city driving. Trips from the resident up on the hill down to the city the hybrid SUV registered 49-100 mpg depends whether I did so called "hypermiling" (light on the gas when starting from stop, coasting, keeping the speed just below 40 mph, etc), or usual driving. Impressive right. When had mainly a flat city driving trips I exceeded 40 mpg easily, while combining with driving up the hill - 34-35 mpg.
Of course, 2009-2012 model year (2d and last generation of Ford Escape Hybrid before discontinued) compared to the same model years of Toyota Highlander's hybrid, or Lexus hybrid SUV (the only market competition) is not as refined as ride, road noise, interior design even in highest trim - Limited I have. And this is surprisingly disappointing for the highest Escape Hybrid trim. Ford engineers did a great job in uniqly calibrating the hybrid SUV compared to 2d generation Toyota hybrid using the most powerful high-voltage NiMH batteries and two el. Motors. And in the same time Ford was so cheap in the rest of the hardware and interior materials, insulation from the road noise even in Escape Hybrid Highest and more expensive Limited trim??
Too bad Ford engineers made America proud with the only utility plus fuel economy SUV that Toyota was not able to match by calibrating the hybrid engine to work only on electrical power in certain circumstances, while Ford managers discontinued this unique and most reliable Ford vehicle for 2013 model year. Ask New York police and city taxi, also San Francisco taxi service, which retired Escape hybrid SUV only after 300,000 miles without any major problem. That's why it's very difficult to find used 2009-2012 Escape Hybrid with lower miles for sale, owner keep this Escape model longer vs. unreliable non-hybrid Escape. Now Toyota released 2016 RAV4 hybrid and will be the only one non-luxury winning combination utility and fuel economy vehicle on today's market that the public most prefer, since Ford Escape hybrid is discontinued and it's hard to find on used car market.