The Ford Escape Hybrid allows me to carry everything and/or everyone I needed while still giving me great gas mileage. I have been gettin between 31-33 MPG consistently since purchasing the car April 6, 2011. I looked at various years of this car as welll as similar vechicles by other companies. I decided on the Ford Escape Hybrid for several reasons. One on my biggest priorities was that the back folded down completely flat. I needed to put crates in the back to transport my dogs to and from the groomers. Many models say they fold flat but are at an angle making the dog crates slide. The great space in the back is large enough and comfortable enough not only for my pets but for passengers in the back seat. Many cars do not have enough leg room. I don't like to be cramped so why would my passengers? The MPG was another major reason for my decision. I hae happy with the way the car runs and the performance on the road.
Having a Prius, we decided to get another hybrid. Needing a hauler, the Escape was a good choice for us. Timing was right since fuel costs are rising fast. This car gets 28-32 real MPG which we're happy with. Major downside is road noise which seems to be the norm for this type vehicle. It has disc brakes on the back which was a pleasant surprise since the normal Escape has drums.
My wife had been wanting an ELECTRIC or a HYBRID for quite some time. We also needed to replace our aging 1996 Taurus Station Wagon. Our daughter is currently a wheel chair user and requires my assistance to transfer to/from the wheelchair. Our purchase of the FORD ESCAPE HYBRID answered all of these requirements. The one we got is painted white (cooler?), and was neat as a pin. The car is already saving us about $10 a week in gas over its predecessor, and transfers for our daughter to/from wheelchair are easier on me. Oh yes, we couldn't get the wheel chair to fit in the other HYBRID vehicles we looked at.