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The (Vanishing) Ford Escape Hybrid

Green  /   /  By Bradley Berman

Ford recently revealed the looks of its new 2013 Escape compact sport utility vehicle—the company’s first redesign of the model in more than a decade. The dated boxy look will go away, and be replaced by a more modern edgy look. Something else is going away: the 2013 Escape SUV will no longer be offered as a hybrid. That’s a shame, because the Escape Hybrid offered the best fuel efficiency—in the most economic package—of any SUV on the market.

The 2012 model provided 34 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway, with an MSRP of about $30,000. When it disappears, the SUV MPG crown will be ceded to the Lexus RX450h, which gets a city/highway combo of 32/28 mpg—while asking buyers to shell out $42,000 for the luxury hybrid. The 2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is slightly more affordable at $38,000—but its MPG rating is 28 miles per gallon in both city and highway driving.

Ford executives say the gas-powered Escape’s new four-cylinder gasoline direct-injected, turbocharged engine—available in 2.0-liter and 1.6-liter options—will be enough to satisfy fuel-conscience Escape buyers. There aren’t official EPA numbers yet. The highway numbers could be in hybrid territory, but city mileage will likely be in the mid-20s at best.

Maybe that’s enough to satisfy your inner greenie, but if not—there’s a solution. There are almost 20 used Escape Hybrids available for sale on eBay right now. Prices begin as low as $2,500 for 2005 models, and around $18,000 for a 2010 model. Those models might not exactly be collector items yet—but consider this: The Escape Hybrid is a piece of automotive history. It’s the first ever gas-electric sports ute, and the first hybrid produced by any American automaker. And soon, it will strictly be a vehicle of the past. But there’s no time like the present to see eBay’s current inventory of Ford Escape Hybrids.

For more information about hybrid cars, visit eBay’s Green Driving Center.

About the Author

Bradley Berman is a leading writer and researcher about electric cars and green transportation. He regularly contributes driving reviews and technology articles to The New York Times, Fortune, MIT Technology Review, Popular Mechanics, and other publications.

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  1. MPGomatic January 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm Reply

    Get ready for a one-two punch from Mazda, without the aid of batteries …

    The upcoming Mazda CX-5 Skyactiv might just edge out the far more expensive Toyota Highlander Hybrid when it comes to fuel efficiency, while substantially undercutting it on price. If my recent experience with the Mazda3 Skyactiv is any indication, the CX-5’s 35 MPG highway rating (in FWD trim) might be more than a wee bit conservative.

    The gloves will really be off when the clean diesel version of the CX-5 hits our shores. It’s hard to say what the official rating will be, but I’d reckon that it should be good for somewhere in mid-to-high forties highway …

  2. Fox Toyota September 28, 2013 at 10:53 am Reply

    This Escape is a great hybrid. I think that our Forerunner is right up there though. We have a great hybrid technology that was originally introduced in the Prius, but has been improved over time. If you can’t find a Escape, you might want to take a look at the Forerunner!

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