2009 Ford Escape Hybrid Review

The 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid has great fuel economy for a 2009 compact SUV, and while it’s not as versatile as some rivals, it is a good choice for anyone looking for a practical, spacious vehicle that won’t cost a fortune to fill up.

Pros & Cons

  • Ample passenger and cargo space
  • Drives like gas-only Escape
  • Great fuel economy
  • Lacks interior versatility of some rivals
  • Seats drew mixed reviews




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 9.3
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2009 Ford Escape Hybrid Overview

When it was new, critics praised the 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid for its combination of fuel economy and practicality. Most said that it is pleasant to drive and retains much of the character of its gas-only counterpart, which is a good thing. Additionally, it has a well-executed interior that offers plenty of space for passengers and cargo alike.

The 2009 Escape Hybrid has a gas/electric powertrain that generates a total of 177 horsepower. Even though critics said it’s not necessarily fast, some mentioned that it seemed just as powerful as the V6-powered gas-only Escape. The Escape Hybrid achieves an EPA-estimated 34/31 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive, which is among the best ratings in the class. All-wheel drive versions average slightly less. The Escape Hybrid has decent crash test ratings.

Inside, the Escape Hybrid’s cabin was fairly well-liked by critics, who cited attractive materials and a good overall design. Opinions on the seats were mixed. Most reviewers thought there was adequate legroom in the front and rear, but not all found the seats adequately supportive and comfortable. With the rear seats folded, the Escape Hybrid can carry 66.1 cubic feet of cargo, which is pretty good for the class. Standard equipment includes eco-friendly cloth seats, Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control, satellite radio and Ford’s SYNC infotainment system. Limited trim models add leather seats, while navigation and a power sunroof were optional when it was new.  

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Other Cars to Consider

If you like the Escape Hybrid, you should also check out the 2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid. The Escape and Mariner Hybrids are very similar, with the same thrifty hybrid powertrain, pleasing driving dynamics and roomy interior.

Another 2009 compact SUV worth considering is the gas-only 2009 Ford Escape, which is very similar to the hybrid version. While it doesn’t get as good fuel economy, it typically is priced less than the Escape Hybrid. Critics said the Escape is easy and comfortable to drive, and has plenty of passenger and cargo space.

Compare the Escape Hybrid to the Mariner Hybrid and Escape »

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