Pushing boundaries. That’s what Ford does best and that’s what anyone that’s paid attention to the industry over the past decade can attest to. After all, the Detroit manufacturer helped lead the electric craze with some of the first (and finest!) hybrids available. Among these is the superb 2008 Escape variant, an SUV that’s burly and tough but not without its share of refinement.
Needless to say, there’s a complex setup going on when it comes to power generation within this automobile. It comes with a 2.3L four-cylinder that produces 133 HP at 6,000 revolutions per minutes (RPM) and 124-lb.-ft. of torque at 4,250 RPM; however, this is augmented by a 94-HP electric motor and 330-volt nickel-metal-hydride battery. The result is spirited performance when you need it and fantastic efficiency when you don’t—an estimated 34 MPG city and 30 highway.
Refined touches also up the appeal of the 2008 Escape Hybrid even further. Remote keyless entry is standard for your convenience, and dual-zone automatic air conditioning enables the front passenger and driver to set different temperature settings to suit their particular tendencies. Exterior fog lights enhance visibility in inclement weather conditions, and for a dose of style, you can turn to the 16-inch silver aluminum wheel rims.