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Ford Escape Hybrid



  • It was definitely the driver. He was on Cruise Control and was not paying attention to the traffic.


    The idea is that you get better mileage on cruise control than by controlling the speed of the car yourself. If you are in the slow lane and want to use control, the tendency is to go at slow speeds to avoid having to play stop-and-go with cruise control, which is not recommended. Therefore, when a driver is mostly concerned with fuel efficiency, he will respect the speed limit and drive generally between 50 and 60 mph.


    I have driven the Ford Escape Hybrid up to 90 mph on all types of inclines with no problem.
  • yerth10yerth10 Posts: 428
    Ford has the FFV (Flex-Fuel Vehicle) facility in vehicles

    like Taurus, Explorer, etc. FFV vehicles can run on both

    gasolene and E85 (Ethanol Fuel).


    If they can apply this technology in Escape-Hybrid and call

    it as Hybrid +, they can get a lot of publicity.


    After all Hybrid Vehicles are the most talked subject among

    the Alternative Fuel Vehicles.
  • help!help! Posts: 1
    Looking to buy a new SUV. Considering the Honda Pilot and the Ford Escape Hybrid. People swear by Hondas. I want to do right by the environment and stop using so much gas. I fear the Hybrid will have problems and I'll regret not going with a known good car. Does anyone have anything good or bad to say about the Hybrid Escape?


    Mostly I'll use my car to drive kids around, run errands, & go to work 2 days a week. I have a 30-min. ride through country roads to get there. I like the storage space in my old Explorer, but since we only do about 4 really big road trips a year I think I can learn to live with less space.


    I have no need for towing and no huge desire for the 3rd row of seats in the Honda, but if I have the room I know I'll use it.


    Any moms out there with any advice? Anyone with any info on how much service their car has needed? If you have problems is it expensive or difficult to get work done on the Hybrid?


    I need to make a decision soon. Thanks! RP
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,824
    You might also try this topic:

    Are hybrids reliable? Costly to service?

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  • cdoldcdold Posts: 34
    "This guy in the Hybrid was not going 50 miles per hour up that long uphill stretch."


    Maybe he was new to CVT transmissions. I have a Civic Hybrid and an Escape Hybrid. Going up hill, the Civic will raise RPM to about 3000, then 4000 after a while, and then higher.


    The Escape seems to jump to 4000 RPM pretty quickly, which makes it seem like it doesn't have any more power. Easing off the gas to get to a happier 35-3800 might leave him at 50mph, wishing he hadn't bought the stupid thing.


    Stepping on the gas reveals that not only can it go faster, it has a surprising amount of power. You just have to ignore the 4000 RPM, and presume that the designers know what RPM range is correct.


    Our uphill stretches have enough curves that the handling is far more of a limiting factor than the power, but traffic does move at 60+ up the hill. I don't know how long of a stretch will drain the battery, since there is no level guage, but I go from 1000 feet to 2500 feet in about 9 miles.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,850
    You just have to ignore the 4000 RPM, and presume that the designers know what RPM range is correct.


    Welcome to the Forum. What you are saying makes sense. If I had a car that was revving over 4000 RPM I would back off also. My Suburban climbs that highway going 70 mph right at 2000 RPM. The Lexus is going 80 at 2100 RPM. I just cannot get used to the high revving engines. Maybe he just picked it up at the dealer and did not want to blow up his new car.


    So the RPMs on these hybrids do not relate directly to the speed you are going?
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,614
    4 bangers tend to spin more quickly than v8's. :)
  • stevewastevewa Posts: 203
    We have just under 2600 miles on our Escape Hybrid. I am coming from driving a 2002 Prius (while the Escape has replaced a 2000 Volvo V70 Cross Country wagon) so there were no surprises in how the vehicle operates (the basic system design is very similar). So far it handles really well, seems to have excellent build quality (the Ford is pretty much on par with the Prius for "feel"). The 4-wheel disk brakes, combined with the regen braking by the drivetrain seems plenty effective. The seats are good (not as good as Volvo's but better than Toyota's).


    Certainly people who love Hondas really LOVE Hondas. But so far I'm really impressed with the Ford.
  • xcelxcel Posts: 1,025
    Hi Stevewa:


    ___I own a Honda, the wife, an Acura, the landscape vehicle is a Ford P/U, and my older commuter is now my son’s Toyota. Where do I fall ;-)


    ___Actually, I like Ford&#146;s more then most including Honda and Toyota in some respects. My Ranger in particular has not only given me the best dealership experience, the Ranger when brand new cost < $10,000 and came with amenities that even the MDX doesn&#146;t have (lighted steering wheel controls, a trailer harness, and an Engine Block heater were std.). The Ranger has been receiving ~ 25% higher then EPA highway estimates in 10 - 30 degree F temperatures which I have never accomplished in the Insight, the Corolla, or the MDX in that cold a temperature. This is just amazing coming from the automobile company the Green groups just love to attack yet have the 03&#146;s Greencar guides #1 pick in P/U&#146;s and the Focus is the cheapest PZEV you could buy back then and from dealerships in all 50 states no less!


    ___Good Luck


    ___Wayne R. Gerdes
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,614
    with my 5 speed focus, been coasting a lot more, but not slacking. have a question for you. my vehicles seem to get better mileage with a higher grade gas, but it is probably more expensive per mile. do you use higher grade gas to improve your mileage?

    i enjoy your posts.
  • xcelxcel Posts: 1,025
    Hi Explorerx4:


    ___If it&#146;s not one Hybrid forum, its all forums that are playing this High Octane game as of late … I use regular unleaded 87 Octane as sold in and around the Chicago area. All of Chicago&#146;s fuel contains 10% ethanol and although it is a mileage killer (to the tune of ~ 1 - 2%), it supposedly reduces our dependence on foreign crude supplies although I have not studied the well to wheel analysis on ethanol itself just yet.


    ___Anyway, unless your timing was retarded via the KS, fuel economy will not improve with higher octane fuel. Given the way you need to drive to attain extremely high fuel economy, enough accelerator to have a KS pull timing back would kill all attempts at achieving that goal in my experience?


    ___I do enjoy a good push in the back side in a high performance automobile but cringe knowing how many ounces of actual fuel were burned for that fleeting moment in time :-(


    ___I only run 87 Octane in the MDX and Acura recommends 91 for maximum performance. Neither my wife (it is her daily driver) nor I (I don&#146;t get to drive it that often :-() have ever been anywhere near WOT in that monster and thus its maximum performance HP and Torque numbers are just for show and tell ;-)


    PS: Is your Focus one of the many PZEV varieties? Got to love the go kart like handling and performance, Super Hatch like utility (I am partial to the ZX5 myself ;-)) and the extremely low emissions all in tha same package!


    ___Good Luck


    ___Wayne R. Gerdes
  • plee1plee1 Posts: 15
    I have read that for the non-hybrid versions of the Ford Escape, road noise is a significant problem, especially on the highway. Does the Escape Hybrid suffer this same deficiency? How do owners judge their general satisfaction with the Escape Hybrid?




  • stevewastevewa Posts: 203
    Do not use premium fuel in an Atkinson cycle engine (Prius and FEH)...


    Several Prius owners who tried higher than 87 octane fuel had significant driveability problems.
  • stevewastevewa Posts: 203
    I have not noticed excessive noise. I believe the 2005 redesign addressed some of this.
  • dw438dw438 Posts: 41
    I've found that all 2005 Escapes including the Hybrid have less road noise. I think that Ford realized that was one of the major concerns going into the 2005 model restyling. There is more insulation in-between the sheet metal and inside, plus there are more and better rubber seals around the doors.

    I am a Hybrid owner and am after 2+ months extremely satisfied with performance.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,614
    Wayne... as always, thanks for a well thought out reply. too bad the lease was up on my wife's previous vehicle in the spring, we would have given a hybrid escape serious thought.

    my focus is a pzev, but the sedan teenager model Z(i)TS. :)
  • This is a repost:

    I have located the site of our first meeting of the Hybrid Owners of Southern California Area on Saturday, January 29th at 10:00 AM. Those that wish to take part should meet in the main parking lot of:


    The Travel Town Transportation Museum

    5200 Zoo Dr

    Los Angeles, CA 90027

    Saturday Hours: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


    Web Page:


    Map Page:


    The proposed Agenda will be:

    10:00 - 11:00 AM Assemble in Main Parking Lot (Look for Hybrids)

    Proceed to the Main Picnic Area on the Museum Grounds.


    11:00 - 12:00 AM Staggered Starts for Approximate 10 mile-long Slow

    Course around Griffith Park (Maps will be Available). We are looking for best Elapsed MPG on either Dash Gauge or Nav System.


    12:00 - 1:00 PM BYO Lunch at Travel Town Museum Picnic Grounds.


    1:00 - 2:00 PM Staggered Starts for Approximate 10 mile-long Fast

    Course on Freeways and Adjacent City Streets (Maps will be Available).


    Travel Town offers old train attractions (Free) and there are other attractions within Griffith Park.


    I am hoping not just Ford Escape Hybrid Owners and wanna-be owners attend. I would like to see interested drivers of other hybrids.


    If anyone has a better idea for planning this meeting please post it.


  • plee1plee1 Posts: 15
    Thanks for the insight.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,614
    there are a bunch for sale by dealers on ebay. lots of good pictures, colors, etc...
  • dw438dw438 Posts: 41
    Ford Escape Hybrid Named 2005 North American Truck of The Year

    * Critically acclaimed 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid adds 2005 North American Truck of the Year to its growing list of recognitions and accolades.

    Distribution Source : PRNewswire


    Date : Sunday - January 09, 2005




    DETROIT, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ford Escape Hybrid -- the cleanest, most fuel-efficient SUV on the road -- has been named "North American Truck of the Year" for 2005.


    Escape Hybrid received the 2005 North American Truck of the Year award this morning at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The award winner is determined by a panel of 50 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada.


    "Escape Hybrid's combination of outstanding fuel economy and genuine Ford SUV go-anywhere capability, passenger room and cargo capacity sets it apart from other 'green' vehicles," said Ford Division President Steve Lyons. "Being selected 'Truck of the Year' is a great accomplishment for the world's first full-hybrid SUV. Escape Hybrid embodies our philosophy of great products, strong business and better world -- and paves the way for the future as we expand our commitment to hybrid technology."
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