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2008 Ford Escape Hybrid

2008 Ford Escape Hybrid

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Best mileage in SUV class and fun to drive

by from Phoenix, AZ on December 22, 2010

I have been driving this 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid for 2 months now after trading my 2006 Honda Pilot EX-L (which I loved, other than the 18 mpg). After looking at several different SUVs I settled on th...
I have been driving this 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid for 2 months now after trading my 2006 Honda Pilot EX-L (which I loved, other than the 18 mpg). After looking at several different SUVs I settled on the FEH and found a very nice used 2008. It handles well, is relatively quiet, has very good pickup, the exterior looks great, and it gets 31 mpg overall thanks to the hybrid/gas engine. It is certainly smaller than the Pilot (no 3rd row, and it is about 4 inches less wide), but the front seems to have more legroom (I'm 6`2") and my kids are young enough so they fit fine in their booster seats in the 2nd row. I'm sure there will be occasions when I miss the extra room, and the fit and finish overall is not as polished as the Pilot, but the increase in mileage from 18 to 31mpg and the opportunity to buy American for the first time since 1986 were my key motivations. I would highly recommend the Ford Escape Hybrid and I'm happy to see Consumer Reports has it on their "Best of the Best" list.
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2008 2WD Ford Escape Hybrid

by from Maryland on April 23, 2012

Bought this used 2008 hybrid with 78k miles near fully loaded 2WD model for just under 15K with tax. We bought this to replace our 2004 4WD Sequoia which was averaging 13 mpg on 50 mile daily round tr...
Bought this used 2008 hybrid with 78k miles near fully loaded 2WD model for just under 15K with tax. We bought this to replace our 2004 4WD Sequoia which was averaging 13 mpg on 50 mile daily round trips to work and back. While obviously not as roomy as the Sequoia, this car has a surprising amount of head room even for taller (6’4”) drivers and handles well and in town and on the highway. With gas around 3.80 a gallon, we are saving about $300 a month driving this car verses the Sequoia. We regularly average 34.5 mpg with this car and as a long time Prius driver, I have been able to get up to 42 mpg on local trips. This has to be the best choice for a used SUV Hybrid, when you compare cost. Make sure you consider the 08 as it’s the first year of the latest model. I was also seriously considering the Highlander Hybrid, but could not justify the extra 5-8K cost for a similar year model. Good luck with your search. ~Joe
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32.8 MPG

by from Baltimore, MD on September 6, 2011

Quiet running hybrid. Big, roomy vehicle (when you trade up from a Scion). Sits high so you are able to see the road better. Very reliable, solid vehicle. It's so nice to be stuck in traffic and not w...
Quiet running hybrid. Big, roomy vehicle (when you trade up from a Scion). Sits high so you are able to see the road better. Very reliable, solid vehicle. It's so nice to be stuck in traffic and not waste gas. When the engine idle dies down, the battery kicks in. I've gotten it up to 30 MPH on battery. There is a nice between seats armrest with storage. Back seats fold down and rock forward to allow a flat surface from tailgate to front seats. I used to have to get my brother to help me move bags of fertilizer, furniture, etc, but now that I've got my bigger vehicle, I don't have to bother him. Tailgate's window opens independently from door. I'm not big on engines, but I've got pick up when I need it for merging onto highways. I've had the vehicle for 4 months now and I think it's awesome. I use the car for driving to work thru the city, running errands in my little rural area, and transporting animals to from the shelter to the vet, and to their homes. I do the same with this car as I did with my Scion. It just has a lot more room, and better gas mileage... and it's made in America.
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Best vehicle i've ever bought

by from malo, washington on August 27, 2008

before i bought my 2008 ford escape hybrid AWD, i read a lot of reviews and got the opinion of a ford mechanic friend. all the positive reviews and my friend's positive opinion proved to be correct. i...
before i bought my 2008 ford escape hybrid AWD, i read a lot of reviews and got the opinion of a ford mechanic friend. all the positive reviews and my friend's positive opinion proved to be correct. i'm actually getting more mpg than advertised. i drive 140 miles roundtrip to work, mon - thurs, and average 31 miles per gallon. i live in the country, so these miles could be considered mostly highway miles but include going over a mountain pass. i've driven it for almost a year now, and it has 25,000 miles on it. i usually get an oil change every 5,000 miles but have done no other maintenance yet. it starts right up, handles nicely, is comfortable, and i think rather attractive. to get to my house, i have to drive on 3 miles of dirt road that depending on the season can be like a washboard, covered in ice and snow, or extremely dusty. my car has no problem with any of it. and it handles going up and down that mountain pass on my way to and from work without any problem. i wish i hadn't gotten the extended warranty. i only tried to use it once when i locked my keys in the car with the engine running. it was a hassle to get help, which i eventually gave up on and found a different way to solve the problem. besides, the car runs so well (knock on wood) that for what the extended warranty cost, i could pay for whatever problem may arise down the road (excuse the pun). all in all, i highly recommend the ford escape hybrid, and i'm glad i got the all whell drive (AWD).
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Ford Escape Hybrid PHEV

by from Wooster, OH on April 16, 2011

I bought this Escape to convert it to a plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicle. It has the NAV system which is rare in these vehicles and is awesome. I wouldn't buy one without this feature. It has GPS, hybr...
I bought this Escape to convert it to a plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicle. It has the NAV system which is rare in these vehicles and is awesome. I wouldn't buy one without this feature. It has GPS, hybrid monitoring, 6 disc CD changer that reads MP3 disks and a bunch of other features on a 7 inch touch screen. With the 4 kWh battery I added I am getting 45 to 50 mpg in this vehicle. Without it I get 27 mpg in winter and up to 35 mpg when it is warm. The inside is nicely designed and comfortable.
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2008 FEH

by from Webster, NY on August 23, 2011

Ilike the truck very much. I should mention that it is equipped with the Ford Navigation system which includes several additional features not available without the screen and it has an advanced audio...
Ilike the truck very much. I should mention that it is equipped with the Ford Navigation system which includes several additional features not available without the screen and it has an advanced audiophile digital signal proceeor that sounds great. Also, the front seats and steering wheel are leather. The one issue I have with it is the trouble lights come on briefly from time to time, both for the HEV and for the engine, although there is no identfiable problem that needs repair. In 2009 Ford switched to electric air conditioning so the car can run in electric vehicle mode even with the A/C on, but I live in the North-East so it's not so much of a problem. Also, I had to buy cross bars for the roof rack as an accessory. I'm a former auto mechanic and I think this is the best engineered vehicle I have ever owned.
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So far, so great!

by from Twin Cities, MN on November 26, 2012

We bought this hybrid a few weeks ago. So far, it has pleased us very much. Every brand has features that another doesn't; I would love it if there were overhead handles to help me exit. The gas milea...
We bought this hybrid a few weeks ago. So far, it has pleased us very much. Every brand has features that another doesn't; I would love it if there were overhead handles to help me exit. The gas mileage has been great. We fill it about half as often as the car we traded in. (Ford Ranger) About our only complaint is that the paint is chipping at the top of the door frames--the parts which aren't metal. The car runs well and has a luxurious interior and safety features (side curtain air bags, etc.) we wanted.
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I love this car!

by from Denver, Colorado on March 4, 2008

I special ordered my Escape Hybrid and it took 4 months to receive it. It was worth the wait! This is a great car! First of all, the outside styling is very cool! I ordered a black car with the additi...
I special ordered my Escape Hybrid and it took 4 months to receive it. It was worth the wait! This is a great car! First of all, the outside styling is very cool! I ordered a black car with the additional chrome package. It is very styling. I also decked out the options except the nav system. The audiophile sounds great. I had a Bose system in my last car, an Acura MDX and it sounds better than the acura. It also handles better. So far I am getting around 31 miles to the gallon but have done a fair amount of highway traveling. I am very pleased with my purchase and hope to have this car for years to come. I have always had Hondas or Acuras and put this car in the same league.
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Solid Performer

by from Los Angeles on November 9, 2012

owned since brand new and have 65,000 miles...getting about 31.5 mpg. it has been very reliable and only issue was climate gauge needed to be replaced as driver side was stuck at 65 degrees...fell und...
owned since brand new and have 65,000 miles...getting about 31.5 mpg. it has been very reliable and only issue was climate gauge needed to be replaced as driver side was stuck at 65 degrees...fell under warranty (thought i was out of warranty but no arguement here). Been putting it on spme long hauls over past 5 months and has performed admirably...will run this one until it can't go anymore.
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Love my hybrid

by from Smithville, MO on April 19, 2011

I love my new hybrid. 30.2 mpg! Has the space of a suv and drives like a car! Leather interior is easy to clean. Nav center is the bomb. Radio, Gps, calendar, you name it, its there! Drives like a dre...
I love my new hybrid. 30.2 mpg! Has the space of a suv and drives like a car! Leather interior is easy to clean. Nav center is the bomb. Radio, Gps, calendar, you name it, its there! Drives like a dream! Love the fact that the car runs electric part time. Save the planet one step at a time.
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