2005 Ford Escape Hybrid User Reviews
- $6,836 - $7,315
- Agile for an SUV, gas mileage good (32mpg combined), nice looking
- uncomfortable (cheap hard seats), lots of rattles, interior cheaply made
I now have 5000 miles on my 05 Escape hybrid (FWD). I love the hybrid component and am currently getting about 32 mpg combined driving. But the vehicle seems cheaply made - light weight plastic throughout. Hard seats, very little room in drivers seat (my keys dangle on my knee) and I'm only 5'5". There are lots of rattles from this car, especially coming from the rear battery compartment. The cover over the rear battery is very thin and wants to pop up. The brakes grab when wet. Sometimes during braking the rear battery makes a very loud noise which is startling. I'm 100% behind hybrid technology and its future, but I do not feel this vehicle (for the high cost) is a particularly good value. A brand new car should feel solid and well made and drive seamlessly - my hybrid Escape does not....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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I have a general comment to help all readers. I'm seeing a lot of complaint about how actual MPG doesn't come close to the EPA mileage estimates.
EPA estimates for ALL HYBRIDS are likely to be inflated until the EPA finds away to re-work their test. This is because the law requires MPG be calculated on a standard EPA test. The test is designed to give an accurate real-world mileage test for conventional cars, but results in significantly higher than real-world results for hybrid cars. The problem is the law forbids manufacterers from advertising any other claim of fuel efficiency, other than the EPA standard result. This is a carryover from the 1970s when manufacturers used to inflate MPG claims and the government needed to standardize the basis for MPG claims. Unfortunately this new technology has turned the EPA rule on its head so that, in effect, it misinforms the consumers.
Thanks everyone for posting your 'non-official' MPG results. These are likely to help other shoppers, and don't blame Honda, Toyota, or Ford if your hybrid doesn't live up to fuel efficiency claims... they have no choice about the mileage claims....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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- Good fuel economy, quiet engines (gas and electric)
- Could have better pick-up, Must use 10 CD's for the navigation system instead of 1 DVD.
Pros: Great fuel economy and very smooth ride.
Cons: Should have a built-in garage door opener, cruise control buttons should be illuminated on steering wheel.
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- Fuel Economy, Interior Room, Control, Smooth Ride
- Fuel economy a little lower than advertised, Heating
I purchased my Ford Escape Hybrid near the end of November and absolutely love it. I have pt on about 11,000 miles already as my fianc� and I have been making a lot of trips home to our families. This provides me with the opportunity to get highway driving and I work in Washington, DC so I get city driving as well.
I have been keeping close track of my gas mileage and average 31-32 for my daily commute and 28-30 for long highway trips. Honestly I did not expect to get much better than this when I purchased the vehicle because I have a bit of a heavy foot. Although I have altered my driving a little while in stop and go driving to run solely on the battery. Personally I love the MPG I get when you consider the comparison I would get with a regular Escape. I also love that it has the power when I want it.
If it is real cold out and you are in stop and go traffic you have to keep the engine on by turning the heat dial to one of 2 settings. If you are running on just battery there is no heat... just cold air. I don't have a problem with this but some might.
I am also very pleased with interior room. I'm not a big guy but my step-father is about 6'4 and 280 and he was even impressed with the head and leg room.
It would be nice if they came out with some after-market addition options that would not infringe on the warranties. The warranties that come with the vehicle are also very good especially the 100,000 mile 8 year warranty on all hybrid parts. By options I am referring to a tow kit and possibly a moon roof kit.
All and all I would recommend that anyone looking to buy a small SUV seriously consider the Ford Escape Hybrid. I am willing to answer any questions that anyone may have. Just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org....read morehide
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- Fuel Economy, Improved Interior, NAV System
- Premium Price over Non-Hybrid Escape
I test drove the Escape Hybrid earlier this week and I was very impressed with the styling, power (on city streets and the freeway), and overall fit-and-finish. The vehicle feels "light" on the road and handling is very predictable and sharp. I found the optional leather seats to be comfortable, yet lacking some lateral support. At 6'1" there is plenty of headroom and legroom in the front quarters. The rear seats are a bit cramped, but I expect these smaller accommodations compared to larger vehicles. With the front seats forward a "fair" amount, the rear seats should be fine for two adults or even three children.
Since I drive 40K miles per annum for my job, I want to make the jump to a hybrid, yet I don't care to buy Japanese [Honda Civic & Toyota Prius]. Thus, my only American nameplate option for a hyrbid is the Escape and I was hoping that it wouldn't fall short of my expectations. Needless to say, my Hybrid Escape is on order - I'm waiting two weeks to get the color and NAV system that I want; plus I opted for the Front Wheel Drive model that seems to be in short supply locally [don't need 4 x 4].
My one and only true gripe is the price premium versus the non Hybrid Escape. I debated whether the extra $5K (for a similarly equipped model) is worth the effort? Factoring the tax incentive in my State of California and the business expense rate for mileage - I come out ahead with the Hybrid, but it will take just over one year until the benefits are realized....read morehide
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