Conventional gasoline engines have taken us far but, as we all now know, there’s an automotive future ahead of us that’s positively electric (literally and figuratively). However, if you’re not quite ready to splurge on a full-scale EV, might we suggest an incredible midway point? The 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid provides sensational fuel economy without some of the compromises seen in today’s battery-only models.
Here’s the skinny on the setup in this one: it’s a peppy 2.5L four-cylinder engine that’s combined with a permanent magnet motor for optimal results. The former creates 155 HP and 136-lb.-ft. of torque all on its own, while the latter throws in 94 additional horses for good measure. All told, you’re getting a maximum output of as much as 177 HP.
That’s not the full story, however. The Escape Hybrid’s system is intelligent and crafty. Depending upon what the conditions demand, the 2.5L engine and magnet motor can operate separately or in tandem—each is engaged or disengaged as required to reach the desired performance. This means you’re looking at a gas sipper that will save you a few bucks at the pump—average MPG is 34 city / 31 highway.