2005 Ford Escape Hybrid
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- good gas mileage,great in snow,sporty
Purchased As New
mine was a company car. oil changes,filters,1 tune up. brakes. nothing else. i had 162k miles on it when it was totaled by an 18 wheeler on i95.
i was hit in the rear and pushed into the car in front of me which in turn set off the air bags. not a ton of damage but the insurance company totaled it. when i went to pull my items out at the garage the truck started right up. i miss that truck....read morehide
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- any one can write a review
- haven't been in one yet
I find this quite amusing. One report from someone said they've driven their Ford Escape 11,000 miles and purchased it the end of November of 2005. Wow! How do you do that when it is October 2005.
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- Very Quiet ride! Nice style. Ample storage for a small SUV.
- Not too many options, I wish the dash had a few more gauges and a few more bells and whistles.
The Fuel economy is pretty good (avg. 29 to 32), but takes a little time to learn how to get the best mileage. It is an amazingly quiet ride and almost eerie when you slow down and the gas engine shuts off. I commute mostly highway driving and do about 30 mi. When I am driving locally the mpg. is a little better. It has a decent amount of storage in the back, and I have not had any problem hauling 3 kids, the wife + groceries in the back. Over all I am very satisfied especially with the higher gas prices....read morehide
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- Overall good vehicle, better on power than I expected.
- Higher price makes it not as available to everyone as it should be.
I like this SUV. You get better and better mileage as you get used to how to drive it to maximize mileage. They advertise 36 city and 31 highway. I am averaging 33.4 mpg with a combo of both. Power is there if you need it and I can cruise at 75 on the freeway with no strain at all. There is plenty of storage and passenger room. The cost is the only drawback I have found being a comparable Escape without hybrid is almost 10k less. You also don't qualify for employee discounting on this vehicle which I thought was ridiculous. They should be encouraging sales of these hybrids and not pricing people away from them. Overall though I am very happy with this car. It takes about $30 to fill up and I can go almost 475 miles between fill ups which is not to shabby....read morehide
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- Good concept but...
- Must run on gas for cold ac
We researched this vehicle and found that if you run on max ac the vehicle only runs on gas. We live in south florida and use ac virtually every day of the year. We had a ford sales rep sit in the car and run on econ ac and she said it never got cold, she said it was hot. She said you have to have it on max ac for cold air. The Ford book confirms if you run on max ac you are on gas. We did not buy the vehicle because of this....read morehide
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- Roomy. Good fuel economy.
- Low fuel indicator comes on early.
I am very pleased with the car. I have run it for about 1000 miles. I am getting 29-30 mpg in mixed city and highway driving. You do have to accelerate slowly to get best results.
Only complaint is that my low fuel indicator message comes on early. The fuel gauge is on empty, but when I fill up, I only put in 12 gallons. Good news/bad news. Means my mileage is good, but if I really have 3 gallons left, I would like to go farther before filling up. Guess I'll have to do a "Kramer" sometime to see what the range really is.
Other than that, the car is great and very quiet. Door chimes are a necessity for me. I keep trying to get out of the car and it is still running, but you can't hear it in battery mode....read morehide
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- Good Fuel economy, looks great, plenty of room.
- A little sluggish, takes some getting used to driving in the city.
I am really happy with this SUV. I camp and travel and this is a blast to cruise in. I can hold everything I need for myself and girlfriend, get great gas mileage, and do it looking good.
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- Fuel economy, fit & finish, Nav/audio system, handling, view of road
- No factory installed sunroof, no outside temp reading
Have just over 2000 miles on my Escape and it's everything I expected. Nav system with hybrid activity screen & fuel economy for past 15 min is great. Getting 30-32 mpg on highway (equal to EPA estimate), but about 28-29 mpg in city. When I focus on a light touch as I pull away from standing stops, city mpg is higher, though still not approaching the 36 mpg EPA figure. As others have said here, you have to modify how you drive to get close to the EPA mpg. Nevertheless, it's a major improvement over my 1997 Explorer with the OHC V-6 at 18 mpg overall.
I was very disappointed that there was no factory-installed sunroof, and that I had to pay more than 2.5 times as much for a dealer-installed sunroof, as compared to the optional factory-installed one on the conventional Escape. The dealer had no explanation as to why there was no factory option on the hybrid model.
As for driving performance, this vehicle has pretty decent pickup for freeway ramps and hills. Fortunately, when I really want to drive the mountain roads around LA, I have my Audi TT!...read morehide
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- Mileage, good ride for an SUV, federal tax break.
- A bit pricy. Too few options. Too much "creap" if brake not kept firmly pressed at stop.
I have only had the Escape for 3 weeks but I am really enjoying using it. My mileage is almost 33 MPG but I am very careful to try to keep the car running off the battery as much as possible. I let my brother drive it and the mileage dropped 2.5 MPG. He just could not get the hang of not flooring it from a stiop. You have to change your driving habits if you expect good mileage. I also find folks behind me getting upset because of my slow take off from stops.
I don't understand Ford's decision on not making some options available. I understand why remote start may be a problem since the manual warns against long idle times. But why no sunoof or automatic headlights? Ford sells an aftermarket kit to add automatic headlights to the Escape except for the hybrid.
These are small complaints, overall I like the hybrid, at least so far. I am a bit concerned on how well it will keep workinbg 3 -4 years from now but only time will tell....read morehide
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- Good gas economy for an SUV.
- Not enough options
I loved this hybrid technology, but I'm not proud of FORD hybrid car, because the technology is not from FORD but from Toyota.
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