This article is
about the first generation Escape Hybrid. The 2008's are out!
click here to read about the 2008 Escape
introduced the world's first hybrid SUV.
To give you an idea just how clean hybrids can be, the
Escape hybrid produces less than 1 pound of smog-forming
pollutants for every 15,000 miles you drive it.
According to Environmental Protection Agency information, the
average for all light trucks is 105 pounds of smog-forming
pollutants for every 15,000 miles. For passenger cars, the
average is 67 pounds. So the Escape Hybrid is cleaner
than most new cars. It meets the requirements
for an Advanced
Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV).
The Escape improves fuel economy in the city by 75% over the
non-hybrid version. The
EPA figures for the Escape hybrid are 36 mpg city/31 mpg
highway. It should get close to 500
miles on a tank of gas.
combines a Duratec 2.3 liter four cylinder gasoline engine
producing 133 hp, with a 94-hp electric motor. Ford says the
performance will be similar to a V6. Ever wonder what the
batteries for the electric motor are like on a hybrid? Well,
in this case, there's 250 encased D-sized nickel-metal-hydride
cells, producing 330 volts. They're hidden in the rear under
the carpet. These are covered under Ford's warranty, which is
eight years, or 100,000 miles.
hybrid has a liquid-crystal display in the center
console, providing a navigation system and and a visual
display of the operating state of the hybrid system (such as
electric mode, gasoline or combined).
For 2007, Ford
has reduced the base price to
$26,215 for front wheel drive and $27,845 for 4WD.
hybrid is able to tow up to a 1000 pound trailer.
with a 110V electrical outlet. So when you're getting away
from it all and camping, but just have to catch the Redskins
game on TV...
It is the first
hybrid vehicle available with 4WD.
Hybrid is turning out to be the choice of elected officials.
Florida Governor Jeb Bush and New Mexico Governor Bill
Richardson are switching to the Escape Hybrid to get them
As the fourth
hybrid to be available in the US, the Escape offers some nice
alternatives to Toyota's and Honda's offerings. For someone
who really wants 4WD, but in a cleaner, more fuel-efficient
design, this is a good choice.