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7.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 8.1
Reliability:
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2012 Ford Escape Hybrid Review

The 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid gets great fuel economy ratings, but reviewers were disappointed with its cheap interior materials and weak brakes.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Ample rear-seat legroom
  • Cheap interior materials
  • Complex rear folding seats

2012 Ford Escape Hybrid Overview

The 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid is powered by a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. Test drivers said the Escape Hybrid offers adequate acceleration in most situations, though some said it could use more passing power on the highway. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive are standard, and all-wheel drive models feature an additional electric motor that provides power to the rear wheels. The 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid gets up to 34/31 mpg city/highway, which is excellent for a 2012 compact SUV. Test drivers said that the Escape Hybrid offers composed handling, and that a small turning circle makes it easy to maneuver.  

The Ford Escape Hybrid seats five, and automotive writers said the rear seat has plenty of legroom. Reviewers said that the 2012 Escape Hybrid has an attractive interior design, but some were disappointed with its hard plastic materials. The Escape Hybrid comes with standard features like dual-zone climate control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise and audio controls. It also comes with Ford's voice-activated SYNC system, which includes Bluetooth and an iPod interface. Optional features when it was new include a power moonroof, a rearview camera and navigation. The Escape Hybrid has 66.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row folded, though reviewers noted that folding the Escape's rear seats requires multiple steps, like removing the headrests.

Other SUVs to Consider

If you want good fuel economy but aren’t completely sold on a hybrid, consider the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. It offers some of the best fuel economy estimates among 2012 compact SUVs and comes standard with a USB port and Bluetooth.

The GMC Terrain has an interior that reviewers said is upscale, stylish and quiet. They liked its rear sliding seat that can expand cargo space or rear-seat legroom, which they said adds versatility to the cabin. The Terrain also comes standard with a rearview camera, satellite radio and Bluetooth.

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