2012 Ford Escape Hybrid Reviews Auto and New Car Test Drive

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Introduction

The Ford Escape like a little truck small SUVs. Its styling us of Ford’s larger, truck-based utility vehicles. The Escape’s height and seating position are a bit than competitors such as the CR-V, and it can tow up to 3,500 pounds, is substantially more than other vehicles in the class.

Yet the Escape still delivers the of unit-body, car-based competitors as the Honda CR-V. Its smooth and agile handling make for driving, and its compact dimensions the Escape easy to park.

The four-cylinder engine is adequate for driving while the V6 offers acceleration performance. All variants, the V6 and Escape Hybrid, deliver of the best EPA mileage ratings in the All models are offered with drive or all-wheel drive.

For the part, the Hybrid drives like a conventional gas-only It’s a well-executed package. It better fuel economy and emissions but demands little effort or knowledge from the

The Escape provides comfortable for four, or five in a pinch. the rear seats opens a sized cargo area a flat floor, and space the seat surpasses that in the of a typical sedan. There are of interior storage spaces, the is upscale and pleasing, and feature and switches are among the best.

was redesigned for 2008. For 2010, are minor. An Integrated Blind Mirror, MyKey programmable key, Rear View System, and Active Park are now available, and the Escape also hands-free SYNC with Directions Information.

All the features safety and reduce driver

The Ford Escape remains one of the appealing vehicles in its class, of price, and certainly one of the better Those shopping for a small SUV put it on their short list, those who appreciate its big-truck

The five-passenger Ford Escape is with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and either a V6, or gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain. The trim levels are distinguished by and standard features.

The Escape XLS and XLS 4WD ($22,265) are powered by a 171-hp inline four that 171 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed transmission is standard, and a six-speed ($1,210) is optional. The XLS comes cloth upholstery, air conditioning, windows, mirrors and locks, an stereo with CD and auxiliary rear window defroster and steel wheels.

Options for the XLS remote start ($345), ($395), side step ($345), and a security system

The Escape XLT ($23,540) and XLT 4WD ($25,290) add standard features, including cloth upholstery, a power seat, cruise control, glass and 16-inch alloy A 240-hp, dual overhead cam V6 ($1,000) is optional on the XLT, and the six-speed automatic.

Options for the XLT a variety of packages, with the comprehensive, Package 204A including a cargo cover, rack, wet towel bin, a moonroof, leather, and ambient There is also Premium with seven speakers a dual-headrest DVD entertainment system Sport Appearance Package 17-inch alloy wheels and towing ($345).

The Escape ($25,270) and Limited 4WD ($27,020) standard with the V6 and automatic, leather seating, a six-CD and automatic headlights.

Options for the include Package 302A consisting of the moonroof, Premium system, dual-zone automatic air reverse-sensing system, rear-view and universal garage-door opener; and with the Premium sound

The Escape Hybrid is available in two levels, the base version and the base with 4WD ($31,500); and the Limited ($32,260) and Hybrid 4WD ($34,010). The Hybrid Limited are equipped similarly to the Limited but add the hybrid powertrain. This full hybrid features a fuel efficient, 153-hp Cycle version of the four-cylinder and a 70 kilowatt electric motor.

some mild hybrid the Escape Hybrid can run on 100 percent power up to about 25 mph.

features include front- and airbags for front occupants and head protection airbags for all seats. The side curtains can inflated for several seconds in the of a rollover, and are designed to slide the side glass and occupants if the are oddly seated or resting against a window. Active systems include four-channel brakes (ABS), and AdvanceTrac stability control with Stability Control (RSC), adds a second gyroscopic sensor to the typical stability package, measuring the Escape’s angle and roll rate and countermeasures (such as braking one of the or reducing power) to increase resistance.

Walkaround

The Escape has the air of a truck-based SUV, with a rugged look than other small, sedan-platform such as the Honda CR-V. For the Escape sits a bit higher many competitors, and the high is enhanced by its design.

The grille like it was designed for a truck. The are essentially connected to the grille, and to create a family resemblance Ford’s Edge crossover Yet the grille itself is tall and and stacked right on top of a skid fascia that flows the bumper. The Escape’s beltline, or the that runs just the windows, is high, too, and its pillars are blacked out. The have a clear band wraps around the rear

The lower bumpers and rocker are now painted to match the body on all rather than molded in a finish. In total, the effect is and more polished than models, and it’s all quite

The side mirrors are large, but shape generates little as air speeds over them. The too, is designed to reduce noise. Recessed channels its length are intended to move air quietly over the surface.


ribs underneath the panel add which limits flex in the and reduces booming noise at high speeds.

We’re of a couple of features in back of the A new step pad on the bumper provides footing for anyone who steps up to put on the roof rack, and the two-piece is handy. The rear glass can be open with the key fob, so small items like a gym bag the cargo area is much than it might be with competitors, which require the entire gate upward.

This is one of Ford’s best in terms of the look and feel of used. The headliner is plush and to the contour of the roof. Our Escape had thick, tautly tailored on the seats and hard, glossy plastic where you might fake wood or metal. It like the lacquered finish on a piano. The satiny black or used in lower trim isn’t bad, either.

Yet the highlight is a woven-look, rubberized on the dash and console. It looks and suited to a more expensive

The Escape features upholstery made from 100-percent material. You’d never by its look or feel, and Ford that compared to upholstery from virgin fiber, will conserve about gallons of water and 7 million hours of electricity annually, carbon dioxide emissions by 1.8 pounds.

The Escape’s front have enough cushion and to limit fatigue during drives. Overall, though, the are smaller than those in a sport utility. Drivers big frames might find small.

There’s not an abundance of bolstering, but that makes it to slide into the seats, and enough to keep occupants in place during the type of a typical Escape owner is to undertake.

The gauges are clustered in a binnacle that can be absorbed in a Tachometer left, speedometer with fuel and coolant in the middle, along with an trip- and systems-info display. We loved this, because it a menu that allows the to easily cycle through and features such as headlight-off and auto-locking.

The gauges and switches Ford’s new signature backlighting which the company calls Ice No gripe here, as the bluish is crisper and brighter than green-yellow or orange lighting. The is the script on the gauges, and particularly the

It’s muddled and lacks beyond the big even numbers, so hard to tell quickly speed you’re driving you are traveling precisely at 20, 40, or 60 mph.

The is tall and squarish, but it’s and fits the Escape’s little-truck nicely. The big vents at the ends lots of air, and there are two in the middle near the top of the center These can be aimed to avoid the driver’s hands or face a rush of air.

At the very top a neat display that compass heading, date and exterior temperature and, on so equipped, the two interior temp

When it comes to placement and of switches, the Escape is first and examples are easy to find. the driver rests his or her left on the door rest, the window sit almost perfectly at the fingertips. elbows on the door rest and console, arms are even and rest nicely at nine and o’clock on the steering wheel. The adjustor sits on the door and it’s easy to reach the driver’s head is in driving One easy-to-use stalk controls the and all wiper/washer functions.

The steering controls for cruise and audio without moving hands the driving position.

Audio and controls work just as The volume and station-selector knobs are sized, but more important, are raised substantially from the plate, rather than flat to the surface as they are in vehicles. The radial switches for fan and are also big and easy to find. The to control airflow direction and the defogger are small, but they to be adjusted less frequently the others.

The audio jack is at the of the center stack, just a lined bin where you can set an iPod reasonable assurance that it stay put for the entire trip

The Escape Limited we drove had optional touch-screen navigation which is becoming one of our favorites any manufacturer. Its biggest weakness is the screen, which is smaller those in some other Yet the graphics are clear, and easy to to the smaller details, at night or sunglasses in bright daylight.

More important, the system is to use with minimal distraction, and to learn. It’s an expensive to be sure, but we particularly recommend the system with the Escape In the Hybrid, it includes an energy that demonstrates in real-time the benefits of hybrid drive.

By some attention to the graphs, find yourself becoming a environmentally friendly and fiscally motorist. It can be fun to see how efficiently you can drive.

space is aplenty in the Escape, at in terms of cubbies within of the front passengers. Start that rubber-lined, slide-proof bin in of the shifter, which is great for phones, glasses, a wallet or The little rubber mats in bin and in the cup holder bins can be pulled out for a nice feature. Swing-down bins are provided for sunglasses and door openers. The glove box is big for stuff beyond the owner’s

Decent-sized bins are molded in the bottoms, though whatever there tends to slide. The jewel is the center console, allows stacking of smaller inside.

The back seats are though the seatback is too straight for tastes. There’s plenty of room, and noticeably more than before. A 5-foot, 170-pound passenger stayed for nearly on hour behind the though the middle space best for six-year-olds.

There are cup and a power point on the back of the but storage space for rear is limited to those slide-prone at the bottoms of the rear doors.

capacity is 66.3 cubic with 29.2 cubic behind the rear seat, and the space is easy to access. The seat folds quickly, and the bottom can be removed to make a flat load floor. aren’t a lot of frills in back, but the are there: Tie-downs, and an optional shade and under-floor bin that’s enough for a small load of

Ford invested a lot of time and making the Escape quiet The windshield, for example, has an acoustic sandwiched between two layers of The headliner has extensive sound-deadening and the carpeting is quite thick.

The net is a quiet, relaxing interior.

Impression

The Escape is truckish as the crop of small sport vehicles go, but not in a bad way. Its ride and seating position are higher a lot of unit-body (sedan style) though lower than traditional truck-based SUVs.

The is quite pleasant to drive. It well and has a firm, comfortable without the roly-poly mush or the jarring suspension clanks can characterize conventional truck-based with tall, off-road An electric power steering and careful suspension tuning a level of refinement in ride and

The engines are all solid performers. the four- and six-cylinder engine good response and decent The Escape Hybrid delivers the same performance, with little to give away its powertrain except improved

Indeed, all Escape models, front-wheel-drive four-cylinders to all-wheel-drive V6s to the have some of the best EPA ratings in the class.

The base four-cylinder delivers good at high revs for those who to wind it up and decent torque for when you need it at any speed. a balance shaft to offset it’s also smoother some of Ford’s previous engines. We prefer the 171-hp with the five-speed manual indeed, a front-drive, manual XLS 2WD might be the most engaging and model to drive.

At an EPA-estimated 22/28 mpg City/Highway, it has one of the EPA mileage ratings of any non-hybrid With the four-cylinder, maximum capacity is 1,500 pounds, for dirt bikes or a snowmobile.

The V6 engine offers 240 horsepower for acceleration. It has about as much as any small SUV is likely to need. available only with the automatic, but its power band is In day-to-day driving, it never strains or feels as if it’s out of

And with the optional Class II package, the V6 AWD models can pull a 3,500 pounds, which most vehicles in this

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Both the four-cylinder and the V6 engines are with a very smooth, controlled six-speed automatic, offers ideal ratios for all speeds and contributes to the Escape’s fuel economy.

The Escape well. One reason is the electric steering system (EPS), operates with an electric rather than a hydraulic driven by the engine. One of the advantages is efficiency, because a conventional, steering pump takes a bit of the power just to operate. power that’s not being to move the vehicle. Another at least in the Escape’s case, is steering feel.

With the steering, there’s a nice between steering assist at speeds and decent feel on the The steering tracks steadily, little adjustment or correction over uneven surfaces. direct and accurate with no spot in the center, and there’s feeling when you turn the to impart a sense of control.

its truck-style facade, the Escape a ride and handling balance on par many sedans. Its ride is but never wobbly or floaty, a variety of road surfaces, expansion joints and shallow The tires deliver respectable in paved corners, so the Escape planted where a lot of SUVs slide.

Transient response is good, meaning the Escape its composure in a series of left-right-left maneuvers. This permits driving that is also and it won’t make passengers sea-sick.

Braking performance is The Escape stops in plenty of with no brake fade in any on-road driving circumstances. The brake system is well keeping the brakes right at the between maximum stopping and wheel lock, and allowing the to maintain steering control in a stop.

The Escape Hybrid is a beast entirely from the models, at least on one hand. On the few drivers will notice any functional differences with the powertrain in day-to-day driving. Its pack is automatically recharged by the engine and by regenerative braking, captures energy that is wasted when a vehicle momentum and sends it to the batteries.

By a four-cylinder gasoline engine the boost from an electric the Hybrid can deliver a significant improvement and reduce emissions. The Hybrid is a full hybrid, it can run on 100 percent electric power up to 25 mph to maximize in-city fuel It was the first hybrid-powered SUV available in the States, and the first hybrid optional all-wheel drive and towing capacity (1,000

The Hybrid’s primary source of remains the gasoline engine. nearly identical to the 2.5-liter in gasoline-only models, except it runs on something called the cycle, which improves its efficiency. The companion, 70-kilowatt motor can kick in and deliver torque to the wheels when a demands full acceleration or it can the Escape Hybrid by itself in circumstances, such as creeping in a traffic jam or rolling through a lot.

Bottom line, the Hybrid delivers acceleration times to the gas-only V6, with terrific economy of 34/31 mpg City/Highway for the 2WD.

On the road, the Escape delivers excellent acceleration at speeds. Floor it at 20 mph, and it snap heads back the head rests. Floor the 2WD at a stop sign, and it can squeal its tires like a hot rod.

To be its tires are harder than on other Escapes and designed for efficiency, which means rolling resistance, and less

Few drivers will notice any difference between the Hybrid and a Escape, except when the shuts itself off at stop or glides quietly through a lot on electric power. Indeed, the is a bit quieter, probably smoother, in all In order to minimize the power as it transfers to the drive wheels, equips the Escape Hybrid a continuously variable transmission, has no conventional gears.

Instead, it has bands that adjust to match the engine’s speed to speed. The CVT does offer a setting for increased traction. But in driving, there’s no hesitation as ratios shift, no uneven of speed and less variance in the coming from under the as the car picks up speed.

There’s smooth, even acceleration.

the stereo cranked up to hide noise, a driver will a hard time knowing the gas engine starts or shuts off at lights, when the Hybrid is along on electric power or when the electric motor is the gas engine for maximum acceleration

not sure what protocol when the Escape Hybrid on electric power. In fact, it to operate in electric mode frequently than we might expected. At times the gas engine ran we thought it might not have to, and at it didn’t even shut off at a light.

For the most part, we the Hybrid as we would any other car, which is fairly using the accelerator as if someone was buying the gas, and we still saw improvement in fuel economy.

Our rounds include more than highway driving, rarely in a true rush-hour flog, plus a few extracurricular, maneuvers. In this routine, by our calculation, we found an improvement of 10 to 12 over what we’ve with a conventional four-cylinder. We most consumers will get fuel economy than we at least those with traffic-laden commutes. Still, the fuel savings with a depend heavily on how, and when you drive.

For guestimation, EPA numbers may be the best tool, and the Hybrid still surpasses the hybrid SUVs that followed it to the market.

If you want the fuel economy, and presumably hybrid buyers will, want to be gentle on the gas pedal. It maximize the instances when the travels only on electric Dip the pedal quickly, or much a quarter of its travel, and the gas engine immediately to provide what the electronics determine to be a demand for acceleration. Even if a driver is not to exceed 20 mph, which is within the limit of electric-only the gas engine will start if the application is too strong.

It probably helps to stop too. Long, steady, stops, using more compression than wheel are best for charging the batteries. We that short, quick from road speeds may be keep the engine from off at a red light.

The control system may aggressive stops as emergencies, or sporting, aggressive driving, and the engine running for more

You’ll want the optional system for the Hybrid, which an energy meter function graphically illustrates how well doing at saving fuel. It instantaneous and average fuel readouts, and tells you when the gas is running, when the electric is doing the work and when the are charging. It’s a good to learn how to maximize economy the Escape Hybrid.

Regardless of the Escape makes an excellent vehicle in all climates. It does not an excellent off-road vehicle, a bit more ground clearance some competitors. Ford’s all-wheel drive (AWD) is tuned for driving more on pavement than dirt or It delivers engine power to the wheels before any particular can loose traction.

It can switch front to rear or side to and theoretically can send 100 percent of the power to either the front or wheels. The all-wheel-drive system stress out of driving on wet, or snowy roads. It helps forward progress on slippery and its transfer of power to wheels the best traction is rarely by the driver, who can focus simply on the gas smoothly and steering between the

Off road, the Escape is less stellar. It’s built on a platform developed primarily for and like most small the 2WD models are front-wheel drive. caution, it can handle level or dirt trails. But if there is no path, forget about it, and if the way is steeper than you’d in a car, forget about too.

Shoppers seeking a SUV with real off-road should consider a competitor the Jeep Liberty. For every-day and travel on the road, the Escape is one of the

The Ford Escape is one of the best in Ford’s lineup, and competitive in a field of small sport-utilities, of price. Yet model for model and for feature, the Escape prices are good. The Escape offers drive, all-wheel drive, four- or six-cylinder engines and the package, which works as the conventional models do.

Fuel for all models, and towing capacity, with the best. For all-purpose, efficient daily transport on the the Escape rates among the smaller SUVs.

NewCarTestDrive.com J.P. Vettraino test the Ford Escape in Detroit.

Lineup

Ford Escape XLS XLS 4WD ($22,265); XLT ($23,540); XLT 4WD ($25,290); ($25,270); Limited 4WD ($27,020); ($29,750); Hybrid 4WD ($31,500); Hybrid ($32,260); Limited 4WD ($34,010).

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