The Ford Escape: Hybrid For Over A Decade
These days, it seems like more drivers than ever are looking for more efficient, more affordable, and more satisfying hybrid models – and with one look at the market today, that’s never been easier. Hybrid options are springing up left and right, bearing just about every brand’s logo and coming in all shapes and sizes, from huge and powerful trucks to sleek, compact cruisers. Yes, for modern drivers it’s never been easier to get your hands on an all-new hybrid model, and for the market that’s a good thing – automakers see a need, and they’re filling it.
But if there’s one thing that really marks a brand’s commitment to providing affordable, efficient hybrid vehicles, it’s looking back and seeing when it all started – and for Ford, the Escape has always been proof of just how important the hybrid model is to good business. Consumers looking for quality used cars in Baltimore needs look only as far as a used Ford Escape to find excellent hybrid options stretching back over a decade, bringing all that efficient hybrid power to your driveway with the affordability of a quality used vehicle.
Whether you’re a longtime hybrid fan or simply looking for an affordable used vehicle that meets your efficiency needs, the Ford Escape has been providing drivers with a well-priced and satisfying option for years – well beyond the reach of some of the relative newcomers to the hybrid market. That means experience with building these impressive models, and an eye for what consumers are looking for in a modern hybrid crossover.
Here’s a look at some of the ways the Ford Escape has pioneered hybrid technology over the last decade, and what buyers can expect when they go hybrid hunting among their local used Ford lots.
First Generation Escape Hybrid
Starting all the way back in 2004, Ford first released it Escape Hybrid, a gasoline-electric model designed as a direct counter to the pollution caused by so much of the SUV industry at the time. This impressive option was a true trailblazer – not only the very first hybrid SUV model, but also the first American-built hybrid and the first hybrid vehicle from an American automaker. The first generation Escape Hybrid utilizes a full-hybrid system, meaning it can switch automatically between pure gasoline engine power, pure electric power, or a combination of electric battery and gasoline engine to meet whatever performance needs you might encounter on the road, maximizing efficiency and power regardless of speed or how heavy the load. Drivers can also find energy from the regenerative braking technology, which captures the kinetic energy generated when the vehicle is braking and transfers it as electrical energy for the battery, helping to recharge as you go about your normal driving.
With all this impressive hybrid tech, the first generation Escape Hybrid offers an efficiency boost of up to 75% over the gasoline-only model, bringing a fuel economy of 30 miles per gallon city and 28 miles per gallon highway highway, with combined 29 miles per gallon on the front-wheel drive model. And since this is a hybrid engine, Ford has shown that the Escape Hybrid can run on E85 (up to 85% denatured ethanol fuel and 15% gasoline), meaning you can go the extra mile when it comes to driving clean – although this model has demonstrated that it can travel as much as 500 miles on a single tank of pure gasoline.
Considering its initial release date and how much efficient power this early Escape Hybrid brings to the table, this generation is a great bargain for any driver looking for all the fuel-saving tech of a modern hybrid without the high price tag. And since this Escape Hybrid was so impressive on its first run, it’s no surprise that this would only set the stage for another generation of hybrid Escape to come along just a few years later.
Second Generation Escape Hybrid
For its second iteration, and as a follow-up to the surprising success of the first, the second-generation Escape Hybrid saw only minor tweaks throughout – mostly the same architecture, with a few stylistic changes to upgrade to an “edgier” SUV-style look. Under the hood, however, the Escape Hybrid saw numerous edits, including a larger, more powerful engine, improved suspension, and a larger and more capable battery system – also capable of running on E85, and also working to reduce particulate emissions. This refreshed hybrid brought an improved fuel economy of 34 miles per gallon city and 31 miles per gallon highway, meaning drivers can reach even farther in their Escape Hybrid without needing to stop at the pump.
This Hybrid model also came in two trim levels – a base, and a premium “Limited” trim for those looking for superior interior amenities like heated front seats, a six-way power driver’s seat and full leather upholstery, rear park assist, ambient lighting, and 16-inch six-spoke alloy wheels. By 2009, Ford’s SYNC infotainment technology became standard on both trim levels, meaning drivers can still get in all their favorite tech without missing out on hybrid efficiency.
Ford also tested a plug-in version of the Escape Hybrid starting in late 2007, offering consumers a glimpse at what the plug-in hybrid SUV market might look like in the near future – only well before its time. Utilizing a 10kwh lithium-ion battery, the plug-in Escape Hybrid allows for a 30-mile range at up to 40 miles per hour before the flexible-fuel gas engine – also able to run on E85 – kicks in. The system prioritizes electric power to start, and when the battery hits 30-percent the gas engine kicks on automatically for seamless power in any conditions.
Get In On Years Of Experience
With two successful generations of Escape Hybrid models under its belt and a demonstrated eye for what the market of the future is looking for, Ford looks more poised than almost any other automaker to provide the next great thing in hybrid SUVs. You can get in on this emerging market, too – all you have to do is contact the Cherner Brothers, and they can get you set up in a fantastic used Ford Escape all your own. If the Escape Hybrid is any indication, we’re willing to bet the future looks bright for hybrid technology to come.