Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor
Pros: What do you like about your 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid?
It drives really nicely, is very quiet and is comfortable. But more importantly for a hybrid, it has giddyup and gets decent mileage.
It is able to accelerate quickly when needed, merge into traffic, for example.
The standard radio also has great sound and plays mp3 CD's, a feature I really like.
Cons: How would you improve your 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid?
Make it get better mileage!
It's very sensitive with the battery vs. engine. If you hit the gas just a little too hard, it'll turn on the engine. Also, the engine automatically kicks on at 40mph.
In severely cold weather it also stays in engine mode most of the time since the engine never gets warm enough to switch to battery. I found that annoying this winter, and it really knocked down my mpg's.
Also, the 110 AC outlet is too weak - it can't even heat up water in an electric kettle.
Last thing, if you fold the seats down, there's nowhere to put the headrests.
2006 Ford Escape Hybrid Review:
Overall I am happy with the Escape Hybrid. It doesn't get as good mileage as I was hoping for though. I get 25mpg on the highway (75mph driving) and 28mpg on my commute to work (mixture of highway and local, with traffic lights).
If you drive mostly on the highways, stick with an economy car like a Civic or Jetta for great mileage. If you do a lot of local driving, and sit in traffic a lot - you'll get great mileage.
Despite that though, every time I'm at a red light and it goes to battery, I feel really good about myself.
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