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Overview of 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid Base By Eric Tallberg
Fuel efficient, yet peppy enough around town, the 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid Base offers the traditional plethora of standard features, as well as a handsome profile and 66.1 cubic feet of total cargo area. This 5-place compact hybrid crossover again boasts 16-inch alloy wheels and a roof rack outside, with premium cloth upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, full power accessories, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel mounting audio and cruise controls all adorning the inside. Tilt-wheel steering and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror remain standard, as do dual-zone climate control and Ford’s ballyhooed Sync/Bluetooth voice-activated infotainment system. Of course, a single-CD player with 6 speakers is once again delivered and remains bolstered by satellite radio, auxiliary iPhone integration and a USB port.
The more tempting options available to this base hybrid crossover trim include a power sunroof, upgraded 16-inch wheels, hard-drive-based navigation, remote engine start, rear-seat DVD entertainment and a 7-speaker premium audio upgrade.
A 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) gasoline-powered hybrid engine, meantime, mates with a 70-kilowatt electric motor and the standard continuously variable transmission to pump out a total of 177 hp and 136 lb-ft of torque. Regenerative braking helps keep the nickel-metal hydride battery juiced up so this compact crossover can get along at up to 25 mph on electric power alone. The Escape Hybrid Base, delivered in the standard front-wheel-drive (FWD) configuration, is estimated at 34 mpg city/31 highway, numbers that are again enhanced through auto engine stop/start technology.
Standard safety features aboard this latest (and last) Escape Hybrid Base, meanwhile, remain 4-wheel antilock brakes (front disc, rear drum), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, and front and rear head airbags. Front fog/driving lights also come standard, as do dusk-sensing headlights, MyKey programmable speed and audio settings, and a post-collision safety system that’s complemented by Sync post-crash safety alerts. Security is once more enhanced by a passive antitheft alarm.
This overview covers the Base trim only.
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