Description: Hybrid Compact Crossover Wagon/Sport Utility Vehicle
Base MSRP Range: $26,900 - $28,525
Invoice Price Range: $25,049 - $26,528
Where built: USA
The compact-class Escape crossover wagon spins off a fuel-efficient hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) called Escape Hybrid. The HEV version resembles a conventional Escape, although powertrains differ.
For the HEV there's a thrifty 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine aboard that operates on gasoline plus a battery-powered electric traction motor. The electric motor is capable of propelling the wagon by itself, or it can work in concert with the gasoline engine to deliver a power boost that approximates the kick of a V6 engine. Ford adds an electronic control module to manage all energy produced by the two plants and apply it directly to the front wheels -- or to all four wheels for the optional AWD version -- in infinitely variable measures through an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (CVT).
A new Premium Package brings leather seats, heated front seats, Ford's Reverse Sensing System (RSS) and other popular gear.