Ford Escape Hybrid Review
2012 Ford Escape Hybrid
The Ford Escape Hybrid is a compact crossover vehicle with impressive fuel economy. This hybrid vehicle is the only model in its class to be offered as a hybrid. To meet any driver’s needs, the Ford Escape Hybrid is available in limited and base trims. The starting price for the limited edition is $33,800, and the base edition starts at $30,570. The crossover also seats up to five passengers comfortably and features a third row foldable seat. However, many consumers complain that the third row is extremely difficult to fold.
Ford Escape Hybrid Specifications
The Ford Escape Hybrid offers a variety of features that drivers love including:
- 31 city/34 hwy mpg
- traction control
- stability control
- iPod interface
- side and curtain airbags
- satellite radio
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- integrated blind-spot mirror
- power accessories
- four-speaker sound system
- CD player
- automatic headlights
- rear parking assist
- dual-zone automatic climate control
- rearview camera
- leather upholstery
- heated front seats
- optional DVD player, navigation system steering-wheel audio controls
Ford Escape Hybrid Powertrain, Performance
Whether you choose the base or limited trim of the Ford Escape Hybrid, the powertrain and performance are the same. This vehicle comes with a 2.5 liter, 4-cylinder gasoline engine with a battery powered electric motor. This unique combination produces 177 horsepower. The continuously varied transmission guarantees that the transition between gas and electric modes are seamless. The Ford Escape’s hybrid version can reach 60mph in about 9 seconds, which is comparable to the Ford Escape XLS, the none hybrid version of this car.
Safety Features of the 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid
The Ford Escape Hybrid has a variety of safety features including stability control, traction control and anti-lock brakes, front-seat side airbags and curtain-type airbags. During 2011 crash tests, the Ford Escape Hybrid earned three of five stars, which included side-impact, rollover tests and frontal-impact tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Escape Hybrid a “good” rating and scored the roof strength of the vehicle as “marginal.” One reason the vehicle scored the way it did was because of its poor brake performance. At 60mph, it took the Escape Hybrid 154 feet to come to a complete stop. Other vehicles in its class could come to a complete stop in 124 feet.
While the fuel economy of the 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid is undeniable, potential buyers must consider the Escape Hybrid’s dated style, poor brake performance and difficult to fold rear seat before making a final purchase.