Featured Escape PHEV reviews

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  1. Trollbait

    Trollbait It's a D&D thing

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    Looks like the previews for the Escape PHEV are starting to come out.

    All-New 2020 Ford Escape PHEV-37 Preview | CleanMPG
    "2020 Ford Escape PHEV-37 FWD ($33,040/$35,620/$38,835 + $1,245 D&H + $195 Mini-Spare - $1,500 Rebate for SE/SEL/Titanium) while buyers are eligible for a Federal tax credit of $6,843.

    As consumers begin returning to work and taking trips, demand for gasoline is expected to spike from the decades-low prices of the past few months.

    The all-new 2020 Ford Escape PHEV has now been certified with a best-in-class EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 43/38/41 mpg city/highway/combined and100 MPGe combined plus an EPA-estimated 37 miles of all-electric driving range from the onboard, liquid cooled 14.4 kWh Li-Ion traction battery.

    The Escape HEV and PHEV are part of Ford’s investment of more than $11.5 billion in electrified vehicles. The Escape HEV/PHEV features Ford’s innovative fourth-generation hybrid propulsion system, which includes an all-new atkinsonized 2.5L I4 engine and ECT. The PHEV is available in the base SE, mid trim SEL and fully loaded Titanium trims.

    In addition to savings at the pump, the 2020 Ford Escape PHEV in base SE trim starts at just $32,980 incl. $1,245 D&H with owners able to cut that price by yet another $6,843 if they qualify for the full Federal Tax Credit and another $1,000 in State incentives for CA residents. Is $25,137 + TTL at retail pricing for a brand new well equipped and hyper efficient Small PHEV SUV worth your consideration?

    The 2020 Ford Escape PHEV in SEL trim starts at just $35,560 incl. $1,245 D&H with owners able to cut that price by yet another $6,843 if they qualify for the full Federal Tax Credit and another $1,000 in State incentives for CA residents. Same question stands for a very well equipped, mid-trimmed $27,717 + TTL Small PHEV SUV

    Moving to the fully loaded Titanium trimmed 2020 Ford Escape PHEV, it retails at just $38,775 incl. $1,245 D&H with owners able to cut that price by yet another $6,843 if they qualify for the full Federal Tax Credit and another $1,000 in State incentives for CA residents. Meaning the fully loaded Small PHEV SUV would cost owners just $30,932 + TTL.
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    On the safety front, the 2020 Ford Escape PHEV arrives with standard Co-Pilot360 which includes Auto High beams, BSM with RCTA, LKA, Drive Alert, Pedestrian protection and Forward collision warning w/ auto braking, plus a rear-view camera.

    SE/SEL trims can be equipped with Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+ for an additional $695 which adds Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane-Centering, Evasive Steering Assist, and a voice-activated navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link. That safety pkg. is std on the Titanium trimmed vehicles."

    That's right, you can have a spare tire with it without losing cargo space.

    Wayne makes some quick comparisons to the Rav4 Prime, which he had previously. he mentioned that the Prime loses 6 cu.ft. of cargo space compared to the Rav4 hybrid.
     
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  2. bisco

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    i am very interested in this car. i hope it is everything and more.

    always a little better styling than rav4 too.
     
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    I did a test drive of the 2006 Ford Escape hybrid:
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    • American 'boat ride' - it handled a badly maintained road that needed repaving with smooth, confidence
    • acceleration - nice, better than the 2003 Prius we had but not 'head snapping'
    • 1.5 kW inverter option - my first Prius mod was to add a 1.1 kW inverter, our emergency generator for 10 years
    The 2006 Ford Escape hybrid was nice, not better for us than our 2003 Prius, but certainly attractive. At the time, all I heard from the analysts and reviewers . . . <crickets>. That the current Ford Escape has no appeal to me should not put off others:
    • 38 mi EV - we had a 25 mi Prius Prime and found it too small ('3 trips') for Huntsville AL. The last two days, I've been driving our BMW i3-REx, 72 mi EV, and no problems. I did not have to run the 640 cc range extender engine but I did initially to handle the periodic operation needed to keep seals and lubricants ready.
    • 41 MPG - my 2014 BMW i3-REx is rated at 39 MPG without desirable, engine efficiency tuning.
    • exceeds space requirements - we are two adults, three dogs, and not boat or trailer.
    Bob Wilson
     
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    haven't seen a bunch of articles complaining about $10K dealership markups with the ugin escape.
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  5. Trollbait

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    In fairness, the Escape PHEV is a 2020 model that is arriving late because of COVID, and not a 2021.
     
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    I owned 4 straight Ford vehicles the last of which was an 83 Escort. It was the worst car that I had ever owned. The day I brought it home I stopped to show my folks. My dad said your car is leaking oil all over my driveway can you move it. I took it back to the dealer and it was the rear main seal. The very first day of ownership and it was in the shop.

    That didn't prepare me for 2 years of carburetor and ignition issues that put it back in the shop 7 times after the main seal repair. Four of those trips were to have the carburetor rebuilt which they attributed to my using bad gas. Funny how it was the only car I have ever owned that wouldn't run on the Shell gas from the neighborhood station. My previous Fords and my other vehicle ran just fine on that gas. The first three rebuilds were within the warranty period. The fourth time I had to pay for the carb rebuild and they cheerfully informed me that once I paid for a repair it was covered for life. I explained that I didn't really buy the car to have it towed to their dealership for a carb rebuild every couple of months. It was rebuilt 4 times before they finally replaced the carburetor.

    The car would not start after a hot-soak. They knew it was an ignition problem that they couldn't find. I finally bought the Ford service manual and kept it and a voltmeter under the drivers seat and during the time when it wouldn't start I would check the wiring and mark my progress on the schematic and then it would suddenly start again. I eventually replaced the pickup in the distributor that failed when hot.

    The dealers lack of response to re-occuring problems and trying to get the regional service people to take ownership of those problems did it for me with Ford. Today's lemon laws would have probably allowed me to give that car back to Ford.

    I realize that was a long time ago but I swore that I would never consider a Ford again and to this day I still feel the same. Add to that statement that my next car was an 85 Accord that did everything right for 21 years and 260,000 miles. We have owned 8 straight Hondas until recently when I bought the Prius V.
     
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