2011 Ford Escape Hybrid Overview
The 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid is the latest edition of the vehicle which has set the bar for the small SUV hybrid segment for the past several years. Competing against vehicles like the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, the 2011 Escape Hybrid more than holds its own.
Hybrids, while known for their fuel efficiency and advancements in green technology, have the equally unflattering reputation of being less fun to drive and underpowered when compared to their gas driven counterparts. The Escape Hybrid ignores this precedent and lays these concerns to rest with superior drivability and ample power, coming jointly from a 153-horsepower, 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine that outputs 136 pounds-feet of torque, and a 94-horsepower, 330-volt permanent magnet motor. They combine for a total power output of 247-horsepower, getting the Escape Hybrid from 0-60 mph in less than 10 seconds placing it firmly within the normal acceleration numbers for its segment. The front-wheel drive version achieves fuel economy of 34 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, while the 4WD version dips slightly to 30/27 mpg in the city/highway respectively.
Each 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid is outfitted with a continuously variable transmission and is capable of moving solely on electric power at speeds up to 44 mph to conserve fuel. Switches from electric to engine power and vice versa are seamless and without the lurching strain you get from some hybrids. According to EPA fuel economy estimates, the Escape Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient SUV on the planet.
Ford’s attention to detail extends to the exterior and interior of the Escape Hybrid and it is one of the better equipped vehicles in its segment. The front is highlighted by a large, upright chrome grill. Styling cues include a raised hood and a high belt line which give the Escape more of an aggressive stance. 16-inch aluminum wheels come standard along with a cap-less fueling system.
The 2011 Escape Hybrid comes with seating for five, and 60/40 split rear seats that fold down to increase cargo room. Standard features abound on the interior, including dual-zone climate control, leather wrapped steering wheel, auto-dimming mirror, audio input jack, eco-friendly seats, and a six-way power driver’s seat. Ford’s acclaimed SYNC® In-Car connectivity system is also standard, allowing you to access your music and phone controls using voice commands, as well as providing a host of safety services, such as 911 Assist™ which automatically dials 911 after an airbag deployment. An upgrade to the Limited trim brings with it standard leather seating, heated front seats, a rear view camera, and a premium stereo system.
Safety is another area in which the Escape Hybrid excels. It employs some of Ford’s most advanced technology, such as dual-stage front and side curtain airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, and the Roll Stability Control™ system which can detect when a roll-over is coming and take measures to prevent the car from tipping all come standard. Also available as an option, is the Active Park Assist system, which will steer the car into open parking spaces leaving you to only worry about the gas and brake.
Non-hybrid performance, combined with hybrid fuel efficiency and range. See the paradox for yourself with the new 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid.