2012 Ford Escape Hybrid

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Seating capacity

174.7” x 67.7”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Gas mileage
  • Easy drivability
  • Hybrid drivetrain performance
  • Brake-pedal feel (for a hybrid)

The bad:

  • Uncompetitive interior quality
  • Backseat has outdated folding design
  • Wind noise at higher speeds
  • Modest towing capability

2 trims

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Notable features

  • Can run on electric power alone
  • Standard stability system
  • Optional customizable ambient lighting
  • Optional navigation system with hybrid-drive readouts

2012 Ford Escape Hybrid review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

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.

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
  • Available moonroof
  • Capless refueling nozzle instead of fuel cap

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

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
  • Antilock brakes
  • Integrated blind spot mirrors


Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior 4.3
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value 4.3
  • Exterior 4.5
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews


This is a 2021 escape hybrid!

Gas engine and battery integrated well. Car is a pleasure to drive. It handles well and has all the features you could want in a small SUV.


Look at a Ford Escape Hybrid

We bought the Titanium option. It is stylish and very easy to get into. Even in engine mode, the car is quiet. All the safety options are great for young and old alike. .


I Did Not Think I Would Ever Own A Ford!

I never thought I would own a Ford as Im usually a Chevy Girl... whilst I felt like a bit of a trader a first, I have to admit I am absolutely loving my new Ford Escape! It has all the luxuries I want in my car from spacious room to a smooth quiet ride. While I do plan to upgrade the sound system, I was surprised at how nice the stock system is! After getting this car, the first date my fiance and I went on was to the Drive-In and had such a great time! All thanks to Nate and the awesome team at St. Cloud Toyota! :))

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Based on the 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid base trim.
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Blue
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Hybrid electric
96 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Fords and many non-Ford vehicles up to 10 years old with less than 150,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty
Dealer certification required
139-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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