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Happy with our Hybrid to Escape by Devon's Nana on 07/29/2011. Trim: 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid FWD, Owned 5 years.
Pros: The 2006 Escape Hybrid does not get the mileage that it says it will get...truly only 28-30 MPG, but the comfort, the performance, sitting up high enough not to be bothered by trucks and big SUVs...it's just a great car. We have 80,000 miles on it now. We added a Garmin GPS as our car didn't have a nav system, and that works fine. (We call her Graciela Garmin because we live in Mexico now).
Cons: I wish it did get 33 mpg. Have not been able to get above 30 MPG in distance or city driving, and 28-29 is typical. That's only 3 more mpg that we had on the Taurus. My husband's automatic door-opening key case broke and it was going to be $200 to replace it. No thanks. He can just unlock the door with the key. We had a surprise problem last year when the battery under the hood died and when it was jumped to take it for replacement, the steering system locked up and turned the car off so the car couldn't be restarted or driven. The dealer had to come pick the car up. They didn't charge us because I had just had it in for the 70,000 mile check. I think they said it's a safety feature! Hah!
Overall review: We had a 1993 Taurus SHO with 250K miles on it when we traded for the 2006 Escape Hybrid! My father sold Chevies when I was growing up and I have absolutely LOVED my Ford vehicles. We have had few problems with them. The Escape Hybrid is another winner as far as we're concerned. It is a comfortable travel car and now that we're retired, it gets a workout!
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