I purchased my Ford Escape Hybrid a month and a half ago and have loved every minute of it. The biggest change I noticed was I cut my trips to the gas station in half! I used to fill up every week, now it is every other week. I love how it switches between gas and electric on its own. The car travels smoothly and is very good in DC traffic. The controls on the steering wheel make it very easy to adjust things such as volume, the radio, etc without having to take your hands off the wheel. The displays are all easy to read and understand as well. Overall I am very happy I purchased the Ford Escape Hybrid. I had never considered it before I test drove one, now I love it.
I purchased the 2010 Ford Escape with only 16,500 miles and 3 years old. I have put 5,000 miles on the vehicle since I bought it. Several issues with the vehicle: 1) Both side mirrors delimitated but are being fixed under the base warranty 2) Both front windows have some kind of scratches in them from going up and in the track -- Ford is looking into this issue, I can hear it scratching every time I raise or lower the window 3) I have had to replace 3 bulbs in the vehicle since I purchased it -- seems excessive on a vehicle with 20,000 miles The bad: The fit and finish leaves something to be desired -- plastic trim is popping off in places and the exterior rubber stains a brown color. I have the top package with leather and sunroof -- the seats are not the most comfortable, especially on longer trips of 200 miles or more. The navigation system is terrible and costs too much to update. Lots of road noise, it is a small vehicle and is loud. With the radio on it's not too bad, but if you like to drive around without the radio on, this car has LOTS of road noise. Now for the good: I am averaging 31 MPG overall. HWY is about 30 and City can be as high as 34. Not bad for a vehicle of its size and capacity. In order to get max MPG I need to drive very carefully, slow acceleration, slow stops -- keep the speed down but it seems worth the MPG. The computer is awesome, very easy to use and give the driver good useful feedback to save gas. The radio, the bluetooth, and the speakers are all excellent and very enjoyable to use. Bluetooth sync is flawless. The back seats are roomy and provide good seating for even large adults. The rear capacity is decent and 4 adults could take it on vacation and carry all of their luggage. The vehicle has a fill through gas cap - I love this feature!
Very happy with my Ford Escape because it meets my personal needs and has all the "bells and whistles" that I enjoy. The backup camera is important to me because I have a long, rear-entry driveway in my home and need to back out of my driveway each day. Having the camera view is very reassuring to me. I also love the moon roof, changing interior light colors, leather interior, and overall appearence of the car's interior and exterior. I test drove the new CRV, Equinox and RAV before buying the Escape. I read many reviews of all these models, as well. In some reivews, consumers said they did not like the configuration of the Escape's instrument panel and "cockpit"...I disagree and find that feature of the Escape very pleasing. I like the exterior shape of the Escape much more than the more streamlined new CRV shape which just looks like any other SUV. The Escape catches my attention and I also like the side running boards on my Escape. I'm a very satisfied Escape owner.