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2020 Ford Escape Hybrid, Lincoln Aviator Plug-In Offer Fuel-Sipping Alternatives

2020 Ford Escape Hybrid

Official EPA ratings are out for the new 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid and 2020 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring plug-in hybrid. Both offer improvements over their respective non-hybrid versions and are competitive with offerings from other manufacturers.

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The Escape Hybrid is available in either front- or all-wheel drive. Front-wheel-drive versions are rated at 44/37/41 mpg city/highway/combined, while the all-wheel-drive Escape Hybrid is rated at 43/37/40 mpg. The most efficient 1.5-liter three-cylinder front- and all-wheel-drive Escapes are rated at 27/33/30 mpg and 26/31/28 mpg, respectively. The 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, available in all-wheel-drive format only, matches the Escape Hybrid’s combined rating while offering slightly better highway economy and slightly worse city economy; it’s rated at 41/38/40 mpg.

2020 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring plug-in hybrid

Plug-in hybrids are rated slightly differently by the EPA, which only provides the electric motor’s miles per gallon-equivalent figure — i.e., what the electric motor’s equivalent fuel economy would be for an internal combustion engine — and a combined fuel-economy rating for the electric motor and internal combustion engine working together. For the Aviator Grand Touring, that turns into an mpg-e figure of 56, though it only offers 21 miles of all-electric range. The combined mpg rating for its electric and gasoline motors is 23 mpg, which bests the gas-only rear-wheel-drive (21 mpg) and all-wheel-drive Aviator (20 mpg). The Aviator Grand Touring is only available in AWD format.

Luxury plug-in hybrid SUVs that rival the Aviator Grand Touring include the 2020 Land Rover Ranger Rover and Range Rover Sport PHEVs (42 mpg-e, 19 mpg combined), 2020 Volvo XC90 PHEV (55 mpg-e, 27 mpg combined) and 2020 Volvo XC60 PHEV (57 mpg-e, 27 mpg combined). The Aviator Grand Touring’s ratings put it firmly in the middle of that group.

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