2008 Ford Escape Hybrid Overview

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2008 Ford Escape Hybrid Overview

The 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid got a makeover for its third birthday. And it was just in time for the spotlight, too: The '08 Escape Hybrid has grabbed headlines as the face of New York City's hybrid taxi initiative.

It's a terrific choice to spearhead a push for greener taxis. The 2008 Escape Hybrid has a roomy interior, which (thanks to the new design) is more rugged than ever. And its EPA fuel economy estimate of 36 miles per gallon in the city makes it more than twice as efficient as the current taxi fleet.

But what about the rest of us who just want a midsize SUV that's easy on the wallet and the environment? Well, the good news is that the '08 Escape Hybrid is more comfortable than ever, with a spacious cabin, plenty of legroom and cargo capacity, sustainable seat fabrics made from recycled materials, and ice-blue lighting on the dash. A top-of-the-dash multimedia center is also part of the package.

The bad news? It's still quite a bit more expensive than its traditionally fueled Escape counterpart. But over time, you may be able to recoup some of that investment, thanks to the Escape Hybrid's fuel-saving powerplant. It consists of a compact electric motor, which can power the vehicle alone at speeds up to 25 miles per hour, and a fuel-efficient 2.3-liter four-cylinder Atkinson Cycle engine.

Other hybrid-related technologies include an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (eCVT), which results in seamless acceleration, and regenerative braking, which generates electricity when you apply the brakes to recharge the battery. According to Ford, the hybrid powerplant produces 70 percent better fuel economy in the city than a traditional gas-fueled four-cylinder Escape.

Among the options is an Intelligent 4WD system.


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    2008 Escape Hybrid Didn't Start This Morning

    Wife tried to start her car but engine didn't crank/start. Thought the OEM battery died, but the lights came on bright. Could the lights somehow run off the Hybrid battery? could the voltage on the 1...

    578 views with 2 answers (last answer 3 weeks ago)

    2008 Hydraulic Control Unit

    Hydraulic control unit on my 2008 escape hybrid needs replacement per my dealer who is decent, cost for part is over 4K, need a second option on whether there are other options...

    21 views with no answers yet

    Why Does My Ford Escape Hybrid Die After Iddling For A Few Minutes?

    50 views with 1 answer (last answer 7 months ago)
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    The Brake Lights Are On But No Noticeable Problem?

    I've had this car for about 5 months now and I bought at a used car dealership. I haven't had any problems with it until recently when the brake lights turned on. At first, the brake light would turn ...

    44 views with 4 answers (last answer 9 months ago)

    Key Fob Will Not Program

    have tried every step to the letter. After the first initial 8 turns the locks cycle, but when I push a button on my FOB it doesn't accept it. Eventually (usually by the time 30 seconds have passes) t...

    44 views with 1 answer (last answer about a year ago)