2007 Ford Escape Hybrid User Reviews
- Honda Civic-like fuel economy, plenty of room for passengers AND luggage, ultra-reliable
- I'm a big guy and feel comfortable, not luxurious, in the driver's seat
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This vehicle absolutely does everything. I've had the car for a little over three years and average 28-29 mpg overall. I've taken trips of 800 miles hauling four other friends and all our luggage with no problem. I've NEVER HAD A MECHANICAL ISSUE WITH THIS VEHICLE WHATSOEVER, and I have 62,000 miles on it. I just drove from Charlotte, NC to Washington, DC (which is a 7 hour drive normally) in a terrible snowstorm and blizzard, and it took me 15 hours. However, I had no problems at all handling the snow-covered highways with my 4WD, while I saw no less than 30 cars in ditches on the way up. SUV's, trucks, you name it, they couldn't handle the snowy roads. My Escape handled it beautifully. No levers to push, no gear to shift to, the 4WD turns on automatically via a computer in the engine. It's unbelievably easy.
From time to time I try to snoop around and see if there is a better deal I could get on a car, but frankly fuel economy hasn't improved enough in todays cars to justify me getting another vehicle (I get 28-29 mpg consistently). Also I have 4WD along with plenty of cargo room so I blow every other SUV out of the water with respect to fuel economy. It's going to be years before any other car can challenge this vehicle....read morehide
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- Decent fuel economy for a 4WD SUV (avg 28 mpg), heated seats, great for hauling my golden retrievers
- Annoying highway noise vibration if only rear windows open, roof rack cross-bars should be standard
I've been happy with my Escape. I've got 13,000 miles on it over the past year with no major complaints.
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- The car has great fuel economy and has met or exceeded all of our expectations
- We wish it had radio controls on the steering wheel.
We love it and we get 31 and 32 mpg. Occasionally when we have a strong head wind and a lead foot, the mileage has dropped to 29 mpg. Overall, it has been a great car.
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- 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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- fuel economy, GPS , 8yr drivetrain warranty.
- Crude Ride is rough, really, so much road noise will drive you away from Fomoco.
First off, I am a 40+ yr old who has owned several cars over the years and mostly FoMoCo vehicles, the trade for the new Escape?-- a 1997 Expedition 4x4- which I really liked- but had high miles--bad fuel mpg-- Go green for the Earth's sake, At first I thought it was ok. After a few hours of driving I realized I made a very costly error in picking out a new car. Of the several things to point out to any potential buyers. Numerous items needed to be be reworked. 1. The road Noise-- is just awful!- little noise dampening features---apparently left out to reduce weight? 2. The hybrid part of the Escape-- this is over-rated as to how much it's really going to do during normal operating- approximately 5-6% highway-- It does come in well-- for rush hour stop-and-go about 45% . 3. There needs to be some features on the steering wheel other than the cruise control, you'll get tired of fumbling around looking for a new radio station, hybrid mpg, all conveniently in the center of the dash--- it's within reach as long as your sitting just a few inches from the steering wheel, also reaching around for the trip info is really better done without the vehicle in motion. The visors would be more functional if they were 5" longer and were able to rectract and extend- similiar to Volvo, the Escape visor when placed on the side against the door- does you very little for reducing glare msince it falls about 7" short of covering the side window of the driver--and--look out in turns- the visor will swing around from g-force of turns and hit you in the face -or- block your view during a turn- pretty much a hazard- so your going to need to put it away during turns. 4. when I got on FoMoCo website and voiced my concerns- each correspondence from FomoCo- they didn't understand any of the qustions of engineering and workmanship- "I don't understand your concerns with our product, please explain further" said Ford when I complained, so you'll definitely get the run around on trying to get anything done on the vehicle or have an independant CO fix the problems you'll void the warranty--- unless something visible is damaged or non-functioning.
WTW-- if you think you like it- try to talk the dealer into letting you keep the vehicle for a while-- and get out and drive it on the freeway--open roads --and city to determine if it's going to be right for you before signing on the dotted line to commit to purchase.
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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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- Does everything it is supposed to; a roomy, responsive, and "green" suv
- Nothing significant... I don't talk trash about the things I love!
I have about 15000 miles on my Escape. I love this SUV because: 1)Mileage is within 1 mpg of the advertised numbers 2) Perfect reliability so far, absolutely no "new car" issues and nothing but oil changes every 5000 miles required! 3 Quiet and good ride 5) Decent cargo volume 6) Attracts the right kind of attention 7) Love the upgraded integrated stereo/GPS/peformance monitoring
In summary, who says Americans don't build quality cars! Perfect is hard to beat. You too can have your SUV while still supporting America's working class plus preserving the world for future generations. Please buy one to help make our country an even nicer place to live.
I am a practicing electronics engineer with over 40 years experience. I demand and understand quality products....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
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