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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    How Do I Know What Dealership The Car Is Located?

    I'd like to call the dealership but I can't find the dealership name.

    9 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)

    I've A 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid With Only 71,000 Miles And The Transmission ...

    Obviously beyond the warranty, but how can this be happening at such a low mileage. I'm a very light and careful driver. Dealer wants $4,500 for a new transmission. I'm leaning toward just buying...

    43 views with 5 answers (last answer 3 months ago)

    Emission Light

    Yesterday after driving it for about 5 miles, the emission light came on and my suv started "sputtering". Any thoughts? Thanks.

    18 views with 1 answer (last answer 4 months ago)

    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...

    785 views with 2 answers (last answer 6 months ago)

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

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