2009 Ford Escape Hybrid vs. Its Competition

2009 Ford Escape Hybrid
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The universe of fuel-efficient and hybrid crossovers and SUVs is small.

No compact SUVs are currently offered with diesel engines, so the Toyota Highlander Hybrid is the closest competitor.

It’s a larger vehicle with optional third-row seating for seven, and it’s a somewhat pricier vehicle (although Ford dealers seem to be getting sticker price for their hybrid Escapes).

The Lexus RX 400h is squarely in the luxury camp, and it easily costs at least $10,000 more than the Ford Escape Hybrid—and we doubt there’s a lot of cross-shopping there.

The nearest competitor, in fact, may be the non-hybrid Ford Escape and Chevrolet Equinox compact SUVs.

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The 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid is a viable and sturdy contender in the family crossover arena. Gas mileage is excellent for a compact SUV, and optional mechanical all-wheel drive sets it apart from softer competitors.
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With the carbon footprint of a small car and all the comforts and technologies of a luxury SUV, the 2008 Lexus RX 400h is a green family’s dream.
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The 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers the same room and amenities that the nonhybrid Highlander does, only with better fuel economy and the badge of honor that comes with driving something that's trying to be green.
MSRP From   
N/A$30,105$42,080$34,200
Gas Mileage   
30 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine   
N/AGas/Electric I4Gas/Electric V6Gas/Electric V6
EPA Class   
N/A2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
N/AFWD 4-Door HybridFWD 4-Door Hybrid4WD 4-Door (GS)
Drivetrain   
N/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
N/A555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
N/A4 Door4-Door SUV4 Door
Transmission   
N/ACVT AutomaticECVTCVT Automatic