The traditional Ford Escape line was well-received in the 2005 model year, but the Hybrid continues to offer the unique proposition of gas savings that consumers remain positively ecstatic about. The superior technology of the combined motor and battery gift this machine sublime performance.
It starts with the conventional engine. The 2.3L I-4 powerplant boasts 133 horses running at 6,000 revolutions per minute (RPM), while torque manages a 124 lb.-ft. rating at 4,250 RPM. This is mated to a two-speed continuously variable transmission (CVT) with overdrive, which provides for seamless transitions between effective gear ratios.
But there is, of course, more. The key to the Escape Hybrid is the addition of a complementary 330-volt nickel-metal hydride battery. With this unit working, the vehicle attains a combined total of 155 HP. Despite this boost, the slick design affords the Big Blue Oval’s creation a 36 city / 31 highway MPG estimation. This means you’ll be darting up and down the roads of Bellevue, Renton, and Seattle with little concern over the status of your fuel tank.