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For 2010, Ford adds a bevy of new available features not found on any of the Escape Hybrid's competition. Among the more notable is an integrated blind spot side view mirror, MyKey programmable key, Active Park Assist parallel parking aid, a rear view camera and the SYNC system with Traffic, Direction and Information.
The same, all-new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine found in the 2009 Ford Escape makes it way into the Escape Hybrid model, bumping up horsepower and torque while seeing a one-mile-per-gallon increase in highway fuel economy. Also new are a six-speed automatic transmission and an Escape Limited trim.
Hybrid cars, for the most part, emphasize fuel efficiency over capability. In the real world, however, Americans need their cars to do all manner of chores, which is why so many have switched to some form of CUV or SUV. Believing you shouldn't have to sacrifice one benefit for another, Ford has created the 2012 Escape Hybrid, a rugged, roomy CUV with a hybrid drivetrain that is as easy on the planet as it is on your monthly gasoline budget. Of course, there are other hybrid CUVs out there but almost all are high-priced luxury models, with the closest in price being the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. And, while it is obvious that the Escape Hybrid's highway fuel economy is not all that much better than the gasoline-powered Escape, the hybrid's 34 mpg city rating is nothing to scoff at. Besides, a hybrid isn't just about saving fuel; it's about promoting new technologies and leaving a smaller carbon footprint.