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Ford Escape Hybrid

In a touch of serendipity, a notable wave of hybrids recently moved through our offices, including our new long-term Toyota Highlander, a Honda Civic Hybrid and -- our subject here -- the Ford Escape Hybrid.

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In a touch of serendipity, a notable wave of hybrids recently moved through our offices, including our new long-term Toyota Highlander, a Honda Civic Hybrid and — our subject here — the Ford Escape Hybrid. The first domestic "full," hybrid (which can run independently on either its 2.3-litre inline four gas engine or its electric motor), the SUV has been quite the sensation for the Blue Oval. The popularity is well-deserved — not only is its hybrid system as smooth as its Japanese rivals, but the functionality of the Escape has been maintained. From a base price of $33,599, our all-wheel-driver tester wore options like the Hybrid Energy Audio and Navigation system, bringing the sticker to $41,019. A recurring complaint with the Escape is its overall aged design (especially inside), as compared to its high-tech drivetrain — sort of like buying a wireless mouse for a Commodore 64. Even the nav/energy display, at $2595, lacked the space-age look of the Toyota and Honda monitors. Still, the Ford’s solid proof that forward thinking technology can come from our shores too. It will be interesting to see how Ford reacts with the gas/electric Saturn Vue Green Line now available at almost $5,000 less.

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