2007 Ford Escape Hybrid
There are 39 user reviews for the FWD trim shown below
- Initally city mileage 31 to 33 mpg. After 10K miles mileage is not average 37 -39
- Storage areas are small compared to most SUV changed in 2008
Love the car and wish I would have done it sooner. Mileage continues to get better after 10K miles. City mileage currently at 37-39 consistantly. Highway mileage is 31- 34 depending on how fast and hard car is driven. To achieve better gas mileage, keep rpms below 2000. Mileage does appear to drop off in very cold weather because the car does not shift into hybrid until the engine and/or battery reaches a certain temperature. Best mileage in spring and fall when not running AC; however, as long as one does not have the AC on max works fine and keeps car very cool....read morehide
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- Smooth CVT with electric/gas combination. Decent performance
- Not enough airbags ('07), clumsy nav. sys. tire/road noise
Gas mileage avg. 31 city/hwy. Comfortable ride; I am a big man (235 lbs.) yet this car has ample room and storage capacity for my needs. Very happy with this car.
Decent ride; quality is good. Dealer is very anxious to see that I am a well satisfied customer. Audiophile sound system w/ CD changer is OK though not spectacular; road noise sometimes muffles sound. Navigation system is difficult to use as maps are not preloaded; very small viewing screen. Get a Garmin or TomTom nav. system!
I understand cabin insulation has been improved for 2008 Escapes. Road noise should be reduced. However, my 2007 Escape Hybrid is still a very good car overall and an excellent investment except for the nav. system.....read morehide
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- great power, wonderful fuel economy
- AC will not work in hybrid mode
Purchased it back in May of 2006, wonderful vehicle except for two things. When it gets very hot outside the batteries weaken causing fuel economy in our SUV to drop down to 27 mpg city and highway. Temps below 90, our SUV will avg. 30-32 mpg city and highway. In hybird mode the AC doesn't work since the compressor is attached to the engine. Just switch the AC to max (this will turn the engine on). We have 46,000 miles on the vehicle and ZERO issues. Tons of power when you need it and causes many heads to turn with questions about its economy. When we follwed the program guide (don't be a lead foot) we got the fuel economy. Yes, this vehicle will teach you how to accelerate so if you need to "mash" the peddle down then you must be loaded with money and don't need this SUV. OH, we allowed it to run out of gas and guess what. We drove 1.5 miles on batteries to the local gas station....read morehide
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- Good emissions, high clearance, quiet, 110-volt AC outlet
- Uncomfortable seat, poor traction, few amenities for the $30K cost, modest mileage gains
After 11 months and 14,000 miles, I have mixed opinions about my 2007 Escape Hybrid.
On the positive side, I am putting less nasties into the environment; the car is quiet and very effective when creeping up on a bird while bird watching at slow speeds; its superb in stop-and-go traffic; and it has adequate air conditioning. I like that my driving habits dictate my mileage and the car has trained me well to drive 'gracefully'. I love the 110 volt AC outlet as it allows me to bring my expresso-maker with me when camping. I use the AC outlet frequently and no problems with that. The transition from gas to electric is practically seamless. I love the huge windshield washer tank and the liberal window spray.
On the negative side, I want an engine more reliant on electricity and I want to influence when the car runs off the battery. Very rarely does the car rely on the battery above 30mph and that is frustrating. The driver�s seat is very uncomfortable because it has terrible lumbar support, a concave seat back, and an un-removable headrest that forces my head forward. What was Ford thinking when they made this seat? Also, my dealer was unwilling and had no options to help me shape the seat to my body. What�s with that?! I place a pillow behind my butt and a folded towel behind my spine to get the right position.
On gravel and going uphill there is not sufficient weight up front to get this 2-wheel drive car up the slope. This is the only high-clearance hybrid on the market and to have it not work well when traveling off-road is frustrating. With the rear windows open the thumping begins at 40mph.
The car is shockingly sparse on amenities. To not have a sun visor extension seems primitive. The control panel is too simple. Why not have a compass, outdoor temperature gauge, more places to put stuff such as sunglasses. My arms are often uncomfortable when driving as nothing seems to be in the right place to support my elbows. The console has an AUX device button, but no slot to plug anything in to. I need to have my iPod in my car. So, I am forced to use a FM transmitter and that has problems as radio frequencies shift when traveling and when in big cities with lots of radio stations jammed together. No iPod slot? What was Ford thinking? I�d like to have an adjustable steering wheel.
On a 200-mile trip to LA yesterday I averaged nearly 34 mpg. Each day I descend 2200� in 8 miles from home to work and I get a nearly all electric performance. On the way home, I get 17 mpg.
On the whole, I remain intrigued by this car although never fully satisfied. For $30K, Ford could have done better to please the user. I would be immensely impressed if Ford were to come out with some kind of an upgrade or a plug-in conversion kit that would allow better use of a stronger battery....read morehide
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- Excellent gas mileage, very comfortable ride, easy handling
- Interior plastic noise on anything less than a smooth rode
I have own this Escape for 8 months and have 5500 miles. Gas mileage is above expectations. I have had as high as 40 MPG and as little as 30. The computer calculator always seems to be off a little but these are hand calculated mpg. I average around 33 mpg with most driving on rural, mountain foothills roads. I have plenty of power to pass, much better than my 98 Ford Ranger pickup. The only complaint I have is there is plenty of plastic rattle noise on roads that are even a little rough. It seems like it would have been an easy fix for Ford considering its all from the pop-in pieces on the dash....read morehide
12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Looks, interior space, maneuverability
- Lower MPG than expected, lack of storage up front, wind buffeting w/windows down
Granted, after 3 months I'm at less than 2K miles, but my in-town mileage leaves something to be desired. I believe I'm getting about 30 MPG on the highway, but my local MPG is only around 25-26 MPG. I attribute part of that to the nature of my commute, which is very short. It's the GAS engine that needs to warm up before the full hybrid experience begins, and I'm nearly at work before the gas engine reaches that point. (That's also why cold weather will adversely affects your mileage - it takes longer for the gas engine to warm up). If you're just taking really short trips around town, you're not going to get the advertised MPG. Apparently slow-and-go freeway traffic is one of the most economical driving conditions (although admittedly not the most fun!).
I also had an interesting experience recently on a road trip to a hot destination (Palm Springs, CA: 100+ degrees). While on the highway, the A/C worked great, and I saw no dip in gas mileage. However, going through town at low speed affected the A/C performance. When the car is in electric mode, the A/C either shuts down or is decreased dramatically (I'm not sure which). Only by setting the A/C to Max will it keep the cabin temp cool, but that means the gas engine must stay on, decreasing your gas mileage. The heat of a So Cal summer should be interesting.
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Wish the thumping was less with the windows down.
Wish there was a better place for miscellaneous "stuff" up front. Maybe if I hadn't gotten the front power outlet there would have been an empty space at the bottom of the dash, but as it is, everything has to go in the center console/armrest, which isn't always convenient.
I agree with others who wish the electric engine would power the engine to more than 30 MPH. I got it up to almost 40 on electric once, but that was on a downgrade with no one behind me to get annoyed at my slow acceleration. Even better, if you could accelerate just a LITTLE harder from a dead stop before the gas engine kicks in, I think that would really help city drivers like me.
Hmm, sounds like I don't like my baby, but that's not true. After driving a "sports car" for 17 years, I love the cabin space and ability to carry more people and cargo. I'm 5'7" and can slide right into the driver's seat instead of having to lower myself into the seat. Love that! I also love that the security system doesn't honk or beep or do anything stupid like that when you activate it. I'm sure my neighbors appreciate it, too....read morehide
6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Great Gas mileage, Comfort, Excellent Value!
After first 1000 miles am loving this vehicle! Mileage is running about 33-34 on the highway (~60 mph). Bought this including a few upgrades on appearance and leather, and cost is still $10-15K less than our 4Runner, mpg is 68% higher, performance is solid (drives easy like a hybrid, but can accelerate when needed) and comfort is the same... no reason to be driving the gas guzzling SUVs anymore - this is a no compromise solution.
As an avid windsurfer and parent I had constraints including better windsurf-mobile, better gas mileage, and nicer vehicle (my previous was an Integra at 30 mpg). Most vehicles meet only 1 or 2 of these... the Escape Hybrid hit all three!
Cons? I did not get the Nav system and when I am in cruise control I can not see the mpg reading (uses the same display). Pretty minor issue... I can live with that!
When people buy the Prius (another great car), or Civic Hybrid they expect about 20% lower mileage than advertised. On the Escape Hybrid they advertise 31 highway, and I get 33-34 mpg... not often you get more than expected. Way to go Ford......read morehide
16 out of 20 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Sometimes good fuel economy, sometimes not
- No power, squeaky on back side
It can hardly accelerate when entering a freeway. Pump the gas so hard in order to accelerate, and then offset all your gas savings.
2 out of 12 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- great suv
- rides great
have no problems with the suv. it gets grear gas mileage,and it has 10,000 mile service reg
4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Great fuel economy, plenty of power, very comfortable
- Complete lack of storage compartments, only 1000 pound towing capacity
I have 6,000 miles on my FWD Escape hybrid now. I always drive for maximum gas mileage and I get 35 mpg on the highway and 37 in town. I even get 33 mpg pulling my 4x8 utility trailer.
Be aware that if you don't pay extra for the GPS navigation system you don't get all of the instrumentation necessary for monitoring instantaneous mpg, battery capacity, etcetera. (Not even a temperature gauge.) I bought a 3rd party device for $170 called a "scan gauge" that plugs into the computer port and gives me much more information than the basic instrumentation....read morehide
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