Hybrid power is at your fingertips, Seattle. The 2009 Ford Escape has seen its conventional gasoline setup imbued with the sophistication of new-age electric performance and the results are staggering. This is an “all-arounder” on the road that’s been delighting consumers the past eight years.
It begins with the 2.5L Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine. This motor will be doing a lot of the heavy lifting for you, as it delivers 153 horses at 6,000 revolutions per minute (RPM) and 136-lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 RPM. This is mated to a two-speed continuously variable transmission (CVT). If you’ve missed our discussions on this drivetrain before, just know that the host of effective gear ratios (as opposed to the literal and limited range seen in conventional systems) affords all vehicle occupants an impressively smooth experience that lacks any jitters and jerkiness as you fly down the streets of Seattle.
But that isn’t the whole story of this 2009 Escape. The power of the 2.5L engine is augmented by the hybrid component—an electric motor that musters up 94 HP at 5,000 RPM all by itself. When combined with the output of the Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder, you’re looking at a total of 177 available horses and a 34 city / 31 highway MPG rating.