I purchased a 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid Limited 4-wheel drive with the navigation system. Before this purchase, I test drove a number of cars and SUV's and none of them come close as a total package (and many were more expensive). This SUV feels large inside the cab while the rear cargo room is a lot bigger than the cars, but much less than some of the SUV competitors. While advertised at 29 combined MPG, I have been seeing between 30 and 33 combined MPG - with about 50% of my time on the interstate. With interstate driving, I have seen 28 MPG. It should be noted that in 2010 Ford made the air conditioner electric - prior years may not see these levels of fuel economy due to this fact. The interior materials are of good quality, but interior and exterior colors for the Hybrid are very limited (more so than the line at large). I do not care much for effort required for folding down the rear seats - seems like a more modern design would be good. The front seats are of average comfort after a 6 hour drive with minimal stops. Overall, a great SMALL SUV and I would definitely recommend it to my family and friends.
We have owned the Escape Hybrid for a few months now. I find my average MPG in the 30-31 range. We drive about a 60/40 mix of city/highway. there is great room in the back cargo area. The size of the vehicle is about a big as our 2010 focus, but the escape is much more roomy. Good gas saver SUV.
Overall, as a SUV and a Hybrid vehicle, one can't ask for more. The Escape Hybrid is a smaller size SUV, but for my purposes of having the ability to carry things when needed, and yet, have the MPG that is equivalent to a mid to full size car, the 2009 Escape Hybrid goes above and beyond my needs and expectations. The version I have is the AWD Limited edition, which therefore comes with all the bells and whistles. Overall, I am estimating an overall MPG mileage of around 31. More specifically, the city driving is around 32-33 MPG, and the hwy/freeway driving is is giving me about 28-29 MPG. I know that the MPG rating is higher for the non-AWD Hybrid version. It has the ability to run in pure electric mode up to 41 or so MPH, when acceleration is light and conditions allow, and also depending on how much of the vehicle's resources one exerts (e.g. AC, radio, etc.). The drive of the vehicle is fairly smooth, and the suspension seems good for this type of class vehicle. Acceleration is a bit dismal, but it is expected as this is a Hybrid vehicle. Nonetheless, it has a bit of a pick up if you are really in need. There is good viability all throughout the cabin, and no noticeable blind spots. The braking on the vehicle is good and tight, and apparently an improvement over the prior years. Overall, Ford did a good job on this long lasting Hybrid SUV model.