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2022 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid Consumer Reviews

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Big upgrade from the earlier Escape and C-max

    Dr. Ed'scape, 08/23/2021
    updated 02/27/2023
    2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid Titanium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric plug-in hybrid EVT)
    46 of 49 people found this review helpful

    Early days with my new Titanium Escape Plug-in, but really loving it so far. This is an upgrade for me after 8 years of driving the c-max. Big improvement in size, ride, comfort, style, interior room, trunk space and range. The steering is tight and responsive. Minimal road noise. Excellent rage and averaging 35-37 miles all electric with AC on. Charging as advertised with segmented ring that shows the charge level at a glance when plugged in. The driver display holds a lot of information and is adjustable for different levels of feedback on your hybrid driving. Braking coach tells you how well you regenerated electric back to the battery with each break. Rear seats are much thicker cusioned than the C-max with more leg room as well. There is a space under the floor of the trunk for a spare, but the 12 volt battery is mounted smack in the middle. I think a spare is an option and assume the battery moves to the side in that situation. Minus the spare, there is more room in the spare wheel well around the battery to store tools, my jumper battery, tire compressor and a few other goodies. Infotainment screen is bright and highly visible again big improvement from C-max. Voice recognition for controls is very good. Bluetooth audio for phone calls is excellent through the 10 speaker system. Stereo is impressive, but gone is the CD player (I never used that on the C-max and don't see many anymore. With Pandora, USB stick audio, I guess the cd has gone the way of the 8-track! Gone too is the sd card with navigation. Navigation updates download. The Escape has wifi and can both connect to your home wireless access point to download firmware upgrades and can provide an in-car wireless access point making use of built in cellular data service (fee after 3 month trial) Ford App is an upgrade over the MyFord Sync. Apple play also supported. The screen shows the rear view camera when reversing with guidelines showing your turn radius. There is also a proximity warning visual system surrounding a small image of the car from above showing when you get close to sides and front. Have not tried the parallel park feature as of yet. Build quality is solid. Interior features are heavily plastic but attractive and done well. Overall very pleased so far. A lot of car for the price. I considered the Rav 4 and drove one as a rental. I am liking the Escape better so far for range, mileage and not missing 4 wheel drive here in the south. UPDATE: Just hit my one year anniversary of ownership and 10k miles. Only about 600 of those miles were burning gas, includes only two tanks of gas I am now due my first oil change! Still getting 42-45 miles all electric when driving up to 45 mph and minimal heating or AC. Cannot say enough good things about this car. Update: now at 18 months and still very pleased with the Escape PHEV. The car does well in all weather. For winter months seats heat up quickly and get very warm. Steering wheel heater also nice. I have had no need for any unscheduled maintenance. I have been running the tires at 35-36 pounds and with careful driving manage 44-45 miles all electric when not using heat or A.C.

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    4 out of 5 stars

    2022 SE escape plug in hybrid

    B Blazey, NY, 06/06/2022
    updated 12/13/2023
    2022 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid SE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric plug-in hybrid EVT)
    13 of 13 people found this review helpful

    I’ve had this vehicle 3 months. It is a tech marvel. The electric range can vary but driving around town like the old man I am in 70 degree weather I’m getting 42 actual miles per charge. If I do expressway driving I tend to save or charge the battery with those options. I’m sure if I drove high speeds the electric range would be less than advertised. Normal all around driving yields 37 miles electric. In hybrid mode I would estimate about 40 mpg. I have only used 10 gallons of gas in 2200 miles of driving. My equinox rides better, is quiet with the active noise control and is more comfortable but the Escape is ok in those areas. On old pitted pavement road noise is evident. The push button is a little awkward but I use my thumb to start. I’ve hit the windshield wiper button a couple times reaching for it. AWD is way over rated in my opinion and with good tires FWD is no issue in snow. I drive the fwd equinox in the winter anyway with snow tires and will only drive this in nice weather. My previous hybrid didn’t save much gas in cold weather with the heated seats, heater, wipers, etc all on. The exhaust is surprisingly throaty sounding. I thought they might have run out of parts during assembly. In summary it’s a pretty good car and very efficient, very roomy. Ideally the seat would be a little softer, it would have active noise control like my equinox, ride a little better and have a prettier interior more like the Kia Sportage hybrid but overall I’m pleased with the vehicle. Excellent value with the tax credit. Hope it’s more reliable than my last Ford mariner hybrid. Update - I’ve owned this car over a year and am very pleased. Get excellent mileage electric or hybrid as stated before. All depends on temperature, driving conditions and accessories. No major issues so far. There is a flapping sound occasionally coming from right rear which appears to be vents for air flow. Also found spinning the shifter would cause a fault so I don’t do that anymore. 20,000 mile update. Still love this car. Toyota is right. Hybrid and PHEV is the way to go. In cold weather I use engine since electric range is significantly reduced. My electric cost with delivery is 21 cents per kw. The car goes 40 miles on a gallon of gas and about 40 miles electric in mild weather when not using ac or heat. Since it takes about 10kw to charge the battery that’s like spending $2.10 for a gallon of gas. About 70% of my driving is within 40 miles. Charges up easily over night. I and others have gotten a fault while charging and heating car saying coolant temp is high when driving away. This appears to be false. I think Ford is crazy not to build more hybrid and PHEVs.

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome car! Fantastic Escape Titanium Plug-in!

    Rick, 10/31/2021
    2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid Titanium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric plug-in hybrid EVT)
    20 of 21 people found this review helpful

    I've owned 3 other plug-ins made by a different manufacturer and this is miles above in all aspects. Rides like a sports car, smooth, solid, quiet, right amount of hp, feels and looks like like a luxury finish inside and out. Intuitive dash and controls. Runs great on electric only 37 miles then seamlessly switches over to gas, so no range anxiety. Charges in 3.4 hours in my garage. What little gas I use, I'm getting 41 mpg! They built so many upscale features into this car it will be awhile before I can learn to use them all. The FordPass app is well thought out and easy to use. What more can I say? I'm very happy with my purchase.

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    3 out of 5 stars

    A lot of dumb design elements

    Lauren, 07/29/2022
    2022 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid SE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric plug-in hybrid EVT)
    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

    The car more than delivers on gas mileage so that’s great. However a few massively disappointing things: the rear view mirror completely obscures the left side of the windshield, the factory stereo sucks, and the seat fabric is basically plastic sheeting - really uncomfortable. The upholstery on one of my front seats is so poorly done it’s billowing - no quality control?

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Great fuel economy and range

    Average American, 07/01/2022
    2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid Titanium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric plug-in hybrid EVT)
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

    I have had this for 11000 miles so far I drive 115 miles a day to and from work. I use about 5.5 to 6 gallons of gas a week. I can average 50 miles all electric around town. I drive 70 mph or so on the highway. Very comfortable and I have the Titanium trim with heads up display that is super helpful.

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