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Economical SUV - Ford Escape Hybrid

One very economical SUV is the Ford Escape hybrid, delivering outstanding fuel mileage whether as a front wheel or all wheel drive variant.

The Ford Escape hybrid is powered by a 153 horsepower 2.5 liter gas engine and a large 94 horsepower electric motor. The electric motor alone is powerful enough to drive the car at speeds up to 40 miles per hour and to operate the air conditioning unit, setting new standards for hybrid vehicles.

The front wheel drive hybrid Escape has fuel economy figures of 34/31 for the EPA's city/highway cycles and the all wheel drive version recorded 30/27 mpg.

The hybrid Ford Escape is a good car to drive and feels like a normal SUV such is the smooth transition from electric motor to gas engine and the plentiful power available. Ford have worked hard to ensure that the hybrid Escape is as practical, comfortable and refined as the non hybrid version.

Both the exterior and interior of Ford's economical SUV are pleasing to the eye. The environmental theme continues inside with the incorporation of recycled seats however the rear seats aren't as versatile as some competitor SUV's. The cabin is well laid out and comfortable however.

The fuel efficient Ford scored very well in most government crash tests however it was found that rollovers occurred during crashes more often than many rival SUV's. The fact that the Insurance Institute found that roof strength could be better makes the rollover result a worry.

The Ford Escape hybrid does boast many safety features as standard though including front, side and curtain airbags, anti lock brakes and stability control. Ford's clever MyKey system allows parents to program different speed limits and stereo volume levels for different keys.

Overall the economical hybrid SUV from Ford is a very good car. It is expensive however - around a third more than the standard Escape. Financially its better to go for the standard Escape because its doubtful you'd ever make up the 9 or 10 thousand dollars in fuel savings. But if you want a green vehicle as well as an economy SUV then this one could fit the bill. The Escape was named Most Environmentally Friendly Truck of the Year award at the 2009 Earth, Wind and Power Awards.

The Ford Escape hybrid is available from $30,000 and in two trims - Base and Limited. It comes with a 3 year 36,000 mile warranty.