Conventional gas engines still have their place across certain use cases but it cannot be argued that the world is moving towards environmentally-friendly alternatives. Ford was ahead of the curve in this regard with their 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid, which offers the best of “old school” technology with the latest in thoughtful, progressive engineering.
At the heart of the 2009 Escape Hybrid is a 2.5L Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder motor. It produces 153 horses at 6,000 revolutions per minute (RPM) and 136-lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 RPM—and for some vehicles, this is plenty all by itself. But, of course, that doesn’t tell the full story of this SUV.
The Escape Hybrid is also stocked with a hybrid component that is a game changer. The 2.5L four-cylinder is mated to an electric motor that develops 94 HP at 5,000 RPM all its own. This results in a combined maximum power output of an impressive 177 horses. And since this is all paired up with a two-speed continuously variable transmission (CVT), all gear changes are super smooth.
Don’t hesitate to head over here to Sound Ford in Seattle to try out the 2009 Escape Hybrid yourself!