• (4.8) 4 reviews
  • MSRP: $12,131–$21,967
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 29-33
  • Engine: 155-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Seats: 5
2012 Ford Escape Hybrid

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid

What We Don't Like

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  • Backseat has outdated folding design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

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 Reviews

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.

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
  • Available moonroof
  • 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
  • Antilock brakes
  • Integrated blind spot mirrors

 

Consumer Reviews

(4.8)

Average based on 4 reviews

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Comfortable, efficient, and all wheel drive!

by Dave from Springfield, VA on May 13, 2017

I really like this car. Easy to drive, good visibility, tight turn radius, easy to park. Great gas mileage for an all wheel drive car. I average 32 mpg overall.

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4 Trims Available

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/60,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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