The 2006 Ford Escape hybrid has been in the news a bit lately for its recall, but the hybrid recently made the Times not for the possible safety issue, but because the paper is finally reviewing the "overlooked" hybrid (one reason it's overlooked is that Ford didn't really advertise the the hybrid version until this year's Super Bowl). The Times reviewer found that the 36/31 mpg-rated SUV,
which can run on E85 (edit: really?), gets better mileage than the EPA says, way better than the standard engine's 29 highway mpg rating. A revamped 2008 Escape is coming soon, and the hybrid version will come with an updated motor and batteries.