When it was first introduced in 2007, there was nothing like the original Ford Sync system, since it allowed car owners to connect and use a portable device better than anything that came before it. It took competitors awhile to catch up. But now Ford is the one playing catchup.
Ford looks to add to its green-car momentum by launching a plug-in hybrid version of the Escape, its best-selling SUV.
1.5- and 2.0-liter motors both have fuel-saving system that shuts down engine when car is idle.