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By Cars.com Staff
July 21, 2011
The Ford Escape Hybrid is one of a few Ford vehicles to offer the option of a self-parking system. The vehicle comes in a base and Limited trim, which incorporates added entertainment and comfort options. Competitors include the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.
New for 2012 There are no significant changes for 2012.
Exterior The Escape Hybrid has a plunging chrome grille that would be equally at home on a Volkswagen Jetta or Passat. A raised hood and high belt line may make this SUV look tougher, but they don't do much for visibility. Exterior features include:
Standard 16-inch aluminum wheels
Capless refueling nozzle instead of fuel cap
Interior The Escape Hybrid seats five people in two rows of seats. It has a swing-up hatch, and the rear seats fold in a 60/40 split to increase cargo capacity. A leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard. Interior features include:
Standard front dual-zone air conditioning
Standard Sync multimedia system
Optional leather seats
Optional backup camera
Optional navigation system with traffic information
Under the Hood The Escape Hybrid's 153-horsepower gasoline engine uses the Atkinson-cycle combustion process for greater fuel efficiency and is supplemented by a 94-hp electric motor. Mechanical features include:
Standard 153-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 136 pounds-feet of torque
Standard 94-hp, 330-volt permanent magnet motor
Standard continuously variable automatic transmission
Front- or four-wheel drive
Capable of moving on electric power alone up to 44 mph
Safety The Escape Hybrid incorporates Roll Stability Control. It is the only system with a sensor that detects the beginning of a rollover and can act to stop it. Other standard safety features include:
Side-impact airbags for the front seats
Side curtain airbags
Electronic stability system
Integrated blind spot mirrors
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