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2010 Ford Escape Hybrid Review

The 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid gets great fuel economy and retains all the utility and space of a regular SUV, making it a good choice for anyone who wants a practical SUV that doesn’t need frequent fill ups.

Pros & Cons

  • Hybrid fuel economy without hybrid driving experience
  • Spacious interior
  • Seats not all that comfortable
  • Interior design and quality dated




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.6
Safety: 9.2
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2010 Ford Escape Hybrid Overview

When it was new, the 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid earned praise for its great fuel economy and gas-only SUV driving dynamics. Critics said that its transition between gas and electric propulsion was smooth and that the Escape Hybrid drove much like its gas-only counterpart. Most also said its interior offers plenty of space for occupants, though the Escape Hybrid is one of the older models available, and some critics noted that its age was starting to show.

The Escape Hybrid’s gas/electric powerplant generates a combined output of 177 horsepower. While no one called it quick, most critics said the Escape Hybrid has enough power to not feel sluggish. Either front- or all-wheel drive is available. Fuel economy for front-wheel drive models is 34/31 mpg city/highway, which is excellent for the class. Opting for AWD drops fuel economy just slightly.

Inside, the Escape Hybrid was praised for offering ample space in the front and rear seats, though most critics said the seats lack adequate support and comfort. Some also noted that the interior lacks many of the useful storage nooks and details found in many competitors that have been more recently remodeled. Maximum cargo capacity with the rear seats folded is 66.4 cubic feet, which is fairly good for the class. The Escape Hybrid comes standard with cloth seats, dual-zone climate control and Ford’s SYNC infotainment system with Bluetooth and an auxiliary input jack. Major options when it was new included a power sunroof, leather seats, navigation, a backup camera, rear parking assist and Active Park Assist, which parallel parks the vehicle with minimal driver input.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you like the Escape Hybrid, you should check out the gas-only 2010 Ford Escape as well. It can’t match the hybrid version’s fuel economy, but four-cylinder models still get decent gas mileage and you may be able to find the gas-only version at a lower price. Its interior is just as spacious and its cargo area is actually a bit larger, so it may be worth considering if you like the Escape but don’t particularly want or need a hybrid.

Another 2010 compact SUV worth considering is the 2010 GMC Terrain. Among gas-only SUVs, the Terrain gets some of the best fuel economy estimates in the class with its four-cylinder engine. Critics said it drives well, has comfortable seats and includes a sliding back seat that adds to its overall versatility.

Compare the Escape Hybrid to the Escape and Terrain »

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