2006 Escape Hybrid Owner Reviews (3)
angelin1030 2010-05-02 11:09:08
I bought this Escape and just loved it and told everybody that I did. Recently I had a problem with the driver's side door. It wouldn't close and just banged against the post. Of course it was out of warraanty. Ford has only 3 years and has the worst warranties of all the car companies. I took it in to the dealer and it cost me $600. to get it fixed. They wouldn't give me a break on the cost to fix it. So because of a manufacturing defect through no fault of my own, I have to pay for it. I am planning to contact the head of Ford, but of course I won't win. I have owned Fords for over 40 years and this is the first time I have ever had this problem and no one I know has ever had this problem either. So I am pretty unhappy with this vehicle. I wonder if anybody else has encountered this problem? I had such high hopes for this vehicle, now I am devastated...
AOL user 2008-12-06 12:29:27
This is a fabulous car - I get between 29-31 mpg - which is lower than some, but my partner drives it on long trips and he's a lead-foot and most of my miles are long, highway commute miles; this car does better on short runs at lower speeds. That being said, I still get much better mileage than I would with any other SUV. This car is ca comfort to drive, has pep, great visibility and handling. It holds luggage, tall people, and a big CostCo run. The upkeep is less than traditional cars, I've never had a problem with it - I've only had to replace the tires and fluids, and I'm driving a first-year model. The interior and exterior are still in great shape. I'll drive this car into the ground and turn right around and buy another red one. My only complaints are that pedestrians can's hear the car when it's in 'stealth mode' when running on the battery, and the horn needs to be easier to activate.
Escape Hybrid almost perfect.
We bought this vehicle based on reputation, hybrid & SUV ability and ride. Escape rode better than imports as appeared to have better build quality than the Jeep Liberty. When taken home, we saw that the paint on our "SUV" was smoother than our neighbor's new Honda Accord. EPA mileage listing is backwards. Ours returns 31 MPG regularly running up and down US 19 on FL's Sun Coast. Up and down I-95 to the D. C. area, the Escape returns 33 to 36 MPG depending. (Don't trust the electronic MPG reading on the dash...do the math.) Note: this is at the speed limit. The mileage has fallen to as low as 23 MPG when visiting in NE PA during a snow storm and the all wheel drive kicked-in, which worked very well in 18"+ of snow. When moving to FL from MD, the Escape was stuffed with household goods so that only the driver could enter and the thing still returned 32 MPG on the drive down. Comfort is very good..it travels well. If the steering wheel would telescope and the controls on the steering wheel were lit, it would be close to perfect. It was quiet at first but developed road noise through the tires, which we are looking to improve on now. The Continental Eco Plus tires seemed like a good choice by Ford at first. Now with almost 23,000 miles on them, they are noticeably more noisy and two of the tires have developed tire slap. This impacts a trip, mainly because we know how quiet this vehicle was for the first year. There have been no reliability issues. To maximize MPG, one must modify thier driving style. Easy and steady starts from a stopped position and steady cruise at the posted speed limit are the keys. I very much hate what is being done with the use of oil, and stretching every tankful of gasoline until an alternative is developed just feels good. (The select boxes below from AOL do not provide for accurate input.)