When it comes to catering to families, Ford is betting it can capture the attention of hybrid enthusiasts with its 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid. Positioning the compact SUV as a greener alternative to the normal suburbia line-up, Ford says it expects the Ford Escape Hybrid to continue its reign as the country’s most fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly SUV.
Ford Escape Hybrid Under the Hood
EPA estimates are this hybrid should get 34 mpg city and 31 mpg highways. It sports a 2.5 liter I-4 designed to run on the Atkinson combustion cycle and an advanced engine processer that the manufacturer says delivers an almost undetectable transition between gas and EV mode. A powertrain damping system helps reduce vibrations to the passenger compartment.
The Ford Escape Hybrid still offers environmentally conscious buyers a rich selection of accessories and equipments. The Limited edition—like its non-hybrid counterpart—offers 16-in. bright machined aluminum wheels and exterior chrome accents, along with a six-speaker audio system, and special interior features.
Not enough? Throw in an optional luxury and convenience package and enjoy ambient lighting, heated front leather seats, a power moonroof, reverse sensing system, rear view camera system and a convenient universal garage door opener and you’ll see this green choice can’t be accused of being stripped down. You can even toss in seats made with 100 percent post-industrial recycled materials to carry through on the Ford Escape Hybrid's eco-friendliness.
The Ford Escape Hybrid has a MSRP staring at $30,590, or about $9,000 more than its conventional counterpart.