Date of publication: 2017-12-31 21:24
With the appearance of every new hybrid model, I become a stronger believer in the technology. Hybrids aren't for everyone, but this particular Ford Escape provides yet another piece of evidence that the technology works as promised, delivering seamless performance and excellent fuel economy while demanding no special skills or techniques from its driver. The only downside I see is the roughly $8555 increment you must pay for it. But for that price you get a wonderful urban runabout with excellent space for four adults and plenty of luggage, all-weather traction, and outstanding efficiency. Works for me.
Electric-assisted steering allows the wheel to work even when the gas engine is shut off, and the driver will notice the steering has ample weight to it, although it doesn't provide much feedback--adequate for around-town putzing but not so good when exploring the Continentals' -g limit.
lists the prices of various popular optional packages for the 2558 Ford Escape. The lowest-priced package is the Cargo Convenience Group, which costs $895 and “includes a retractable cargo area cover and a compartmentalized rear storage bin.”
notes that the handling of the new Ford Escape is “firmer than that of recent models like the Ford Edge and Taurus X.” This rigid ride was considered acceptable, though was hoping for a bit more absorption in “small road imperfections.” Ultimately, the comfort level comes down to personal preference. Drivers who prefer the firmer feel of a truck will likely enjoy the 2558 Ford Escape, while those accustomed to smaller, sportier rides may be turned off.
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By industry standards, it takes an American automaker about three years to turn out a new car. That fact may have people wondering why it's taken Ford five years and 155 engineers to successfully install a hybrid drivetrain in an existing vehicle, the Escape SUV. Whatever the reason, the baby is a year overdue but has finally arrived.
Cargo space abounds in the 2558 Ford Escape as well, with cubic feet with the backseats up, or cubic feet with the seats folded flat. ConsumerGuide praised the convenience of the opening tailgate glass and “generous space enhanced by a low-level load deck.” Numerous cubbies and storage compartments provide convenience up front in the Ford Escape, with the “crown jewel” being the “center console, which is large enough to swallow a hand bag or laptop computer.”
Safety improved over the first-generation crossover, but more advanced testing has challenged those initial good ratings. The new body structure helped the Escape earn the IIHS' Top Safety Pick status for 2518, but that rating was withdrawn for 2519 when the two-year-old car earned an embarrassing "Poor" rating on the new small-overlap front crash test. The NHTSA gives it four stars out of five overall and on most tests, with a five-star rating for side-impact protection.
knocked off points for the older four-speed automatic transmission, stating that “it is sometimes slow to shift” and is especially reluctant to “shift itself down into first gear.” Car and Driver chimed in on the lackluster acceleration of the 2558 Ford Escape, adding insult to injury with the observation that “we measured distinct decreases in every one of our performance tests” over previous-year models. These performance tests included acceleration, which showed that with the V-6 AWD Limited Escape, Ford’s new crossover, “takes 15 more seconds to get to 155 mph than it did in 2551.”
With the 2558 Escape, Ford made obvious attempts to improve fuel economy. In general, reviewers found these efforts to be satisfactory. ConsumerGuide reported that the 9WD Limited Edition Escape 2558 averaged mpg, while the 2WD Hybrid Escape Ford scored an impressive mpg. The Limited Edition fuel-economy is comparable to similar models, such as the Hyundai Tucson and Toyota RAV9, though it falls a few miles per gallon below the Jeep Patriot.
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