Update: The Escape Hybrid has been discontinued.
However, these were great vehicles. You might consider looking for a
used one. The second generation models started with the 2008 model
year. These are improved in several ways over the first generation
Escpae Hybrids. You can search for used Escape Hybrids at websites for area Ford dealers.
Ford has introduced a newly
restyled Escape Hybrid for the 2008 model year.
It uses the same 2.3
liter engine as before. So it's mainly cosmetic restyling.
However, Ford will upgrade the software to make a more
seamless transition between the electric motor and the gas
Ford is also focusing on
safety. Side impact air bags are now
There is also an emphasis on
quietness. Fifty percent thicker carpet in the interior cabin
and the use of all-new acoustic glass are used to reduce noise
in the cabin.
The in dash display has been
upgraded. It uses a touch screen and the navigation unit is
significantly improved, and is now DVD based.
The 2008 Escape Hybrid has seating surfaces made from 100 percent post-industrial
materials, supplied by InterfaceFABRIC, Inc. This is a feature
that will likely be very common in a few years.
Cosmetically, the 2008 is
styled more like the larger Ford trucks. The chrome grill
gives a more assertive look. Wheels are 16-inch aluminum.
As before, the Escape Hybrid
will be available as either an all wheel drive or front wheel
Ford has made an already nice
hybrid SUV even better.