It’s hard to resist a compact SUV that’s gas conscious while still offering sophisticated performance, and let us tell you, the 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid brings the goods. Once you’re aware of all the lofty specifications, the five-star consumer sentiment is easy to understand.
This second-generation vehicle sports a nifty, nuanced powerplant. The primary 2.5L Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine provides 153 HP at 6,000 revolutions per minute (RPM). Torque complements that rating with 136 lb.-ft. at 4,500 RPM. More interestingly, the included electric motor is capable of 94 horses at 5,000 RPM all its own, supplying the automobile with a combined output of up to 177 HP.
The under the hood arrangement is paired with a unique drivetrain—a 2-speed continuously variable transmission (CVT) that leverages effective gears for seamless “shifting” thanks to a lack of fixed ratios. This produces an incredibly smooth ride! Plus, you won’t often have to interrupt your pleasant excursions throughout Bellevue, Renton, and Seattle—the 2009 Escape Hybrid offers a 34 city / 31 highway MPG estimate.