Escape Hybrid

  1. I'm seriously looking into buying one. Anybody else have one or any other hybrid car? How does it feel to drive??

    Thanks, guys!
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  2. 27 Comments

  3. by   prmenrs
    Don't tell me I'm going to strike out on this question!!! I'm so bummed!
  4. by   Mimi2RN
    We bought a Toyota Prius a few months ago for my hb. He loves it. It's a very comfortable ride. It's interesting getting in the car, as long as you have the key in your purse or pocket, you can open the door and start the car. It's a hatchback, 4dr, lots of room in the back end. The back seat goes down flat if you need to carry something big.

    Mileage isn't what they say it will be, but he averages 40 something mpg. Today we drove to Fresno, averaged 50 mpg, so freeway driving is pretty good. We've also done a couple of long trips, approx 400 miles on one tank of gas.

    We also looked at the Honda Civic. It would have cost a little less, but we didn't like the location of the batteries. You can't move the back seat or carry anything long in the car.

    Have you test driven a hybrid yet? Go check out the Prius!
  5. by   prmenrs
    I have an Escape now, and it is better for both me and my 82 y/o mother to get in and out of because of the seat height. I actually like the [regular] Escape so well, I've rented it on vacation even tho it's big $$s more.

    I also prefer to buy American cars. Silly, I know, but there it is.

    But I'm glad to hear it's an easy car to drive. Do you notice when the car switches from gas to electric and vice-versa?

    Thanks for the info.
  6. by   traumaRUs
    My husband just got a Prius also and he loves it. There is no difference (that I can tell) when it switches. It also has a back-up camera that is tooo cool! He likes his a lot.
  7. by   Sheri257
    I'd love to buy a hybrid but, I just can't do it. Between me and my husband, we've been rear ended five times in the last five years ... none of it our fault. And we've had too many near accidents with crazy drivers.

    Every time I pass a bad accident, there's some tiny car that's been smashed beyond recognition. Four students at my nursing school have died in car accidents, and all of them drove small cars. Another student was seriously injured, but she survived ... probably because she was driving an SUV. Maybe it's because we've been hit so many times but, I just don't feel safe in small cars.

    I don't care how much the gas costs, I'm driving a tank. I have to for my own safety. It's my only defense against careless drivers.

    :typing
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Aug 24, '06
  8. by   prmenrs
    An Escape is a small SUV, so it should hold up well in a crash. That's another reason I'd prefer it to a Civic or a Prius.

    I'm supposed to see the dealer tomorrow, but I'm putting it off to check on the financing a little more.

    Then I just have to make up my mind between "Titanium Green" or "Dune Pearl"!!

    I was out w/my mother yesterday and told her about the $2600 tax credit. She liked that idea!!
  9. by   Roy Fokker
    Personally, when it comes to crashes, I prefer the car with the most safety freatures. Just because it's built like a tank - doesn't mean it's well protected.

    SUVs are notorious for rolling over (all you need is to blow a tire on the highway and you'll think twice about roll overs). Smaller cars have better control. The only kind of crash I'm worried about - with trucks/trailers - it ain't gonna be pretty... don't matter if I'm in a SUV or a smaller car.


    *shrug* If I do end up buying a hybrid, I'll make sure it has regenerative braking. Since I drive stick and I use my gearbox to slow down my car anyways, I plan on using it to my full advantage
  10. by   Sheri257
    Quote from Roy Fokker
    Personally, when it comes to crashes, I prefer the car with the most safety freatures. Just because it's built like a tank - doesn't mean it's well protected.

    SUVs are notorious for rolling over (all you need is to blow a tire on the highway and you'll think twice about roll overs). Smaller cars have better control. The only kind of crash I'm worried about - with trucks/trailers - it ain't gonna be pretty... don't matter if I'm in a SUV or a smaller car.


    *shrug* If I do end up buying a hybrid, I'll make sure it has regenerative braking. Since I drive stick and I use my gearbox to slow down my car anyways, I plan on using it to my full advantage
    Actually ... that's why my next car is going to be a Sequoia. It's got a lot more width so, hopefully, no rollovers.

    My husband has a new Tundra and just got rear ended recently ... again. But, this time, not a scratch. For once, we didn't have to go through auto repair, insurance, etc.

    Nevertheless, my friend who survived her car crash is convinced that if she had been driving her compact car, instead of her SUV, she'd be dead today. Maybe she's right or maybe she's wrong but ... that's what she believes.

    :typing
  11. by   prmenrs
    http://www.fordvehicles.com/suvs/esc...eatures/specs/

    Roy, I think it's got "regenerative braking", check out hte link.

    For those more interested in the colors (very imp't) see this:

    http://www.fordvehicles.com/suvs/esc...lors/index.asp
    Last edit by prmenrs on Aug 25, '06
  12. by   jnette
    NICE, prmnrs!

    Very nice indeed. Think I may have to go that route myself doing home health. Just wish I had thought of it sooner... just bought my Hyundai Santa Fe this spring. Of course I could trade......... but that's another 8K I'd have to add to it! :uhoh21:
  13. by   traumaRUs
    Seat belts save lives too. I drive a subaru Outback and love it. My idea is to go too fast to get hit - lol! Just kidding.
  14. by   Mimi2RN
    I drive an Outback, too. I was involved in a collision, when a teenager decided to make a left turn as I was passing and sideswiped my car. Most of the damage was to the passenger door behind me, and the back quarter panel. We were not injured. I bought the car because of it's safety features and record, and I plan on getting another one.

    The Prius is about the same height as my Outback, which did surprise me. I expected it to be a small car, and it's not. The only time I notice the change from electric to the gas engine is on startup, or when we stop at a traffic light and the car goes very quiet! The backup camera is a great idea, I hope that there will be one in my next Subaru.

    What is the gas mileage like on the Escape Hybrid?

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