If you’re in the market for an SUV that offers the perfect blend of performance and upscale features, the 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid Limited should be on your short list—after all, Cars.com gives it a nearly 5 out of 5 review score.
The Escape Hybrid contains a 2.5L inline Atkinson-Cycle Hybrid gas motor, which offers greater efficiency in place of power density while still yielding the benefits of a conventional engine in more demanding situations. When combined with the included 70-kilowatt electric unit, this setup boasts a surprising total of 177 horses at 6,000 revolutions per minute (RPM). Highway MPG extends up to 34, as well.
The Limited delivers luxury through the inclusion of a 1st-row, express open sliding and tilting glass sunroof. Heated mirrors and front seats are standard, as is leather trim on all cushions. Additionally, this model year Escape is one of Ford’s first machines to offer a self-parking assist. In the video above, you can witness how the system automates the steering process, making squeezing between two cars a far easier endeavor than in the past.