For 2010, the pool of highly fuel-efficient crossovers and SUVs remains small.
You can't get a diesel in any compact SUV this year, so the closest competitor is probably the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.
But it's much larger, with optional third-row seating for seven, and pricier.
The new 2010 Lexus RX450h is a lovely and luxurious crossover, but can run $10,000 to $15,000 more than the more bare-bones Escape Hybrid.
It may be that the closest competitors, in fact, are the Ford Escape without a hybrid, and the universe of compact SUVs that includes the Chevrolet Equinox (new for 2010), the Honda CR-V, the Toyota RAV4, the Nissan Rogue, and others.
|2010 Ford Escape HybridBrowse Used Listings||2010 Mercury Mariner HybridBrowse Used Listings||2008 Lexus RX 400hBrowse Used Listings||2008 Toyota Highlander HybridBrowse Used Listings|
|30 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||30 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Electric I4||Gas/Electric I4||Gas/Electric V6||Gas/Electric V6|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||2WD Sport Utility||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|FWD 4-Door Hybrid||FWD 4-Door Hybrid||FWD 4-Door Hybrid||4WD 4-Door (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||4-Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door||4-Door SUV||4 Door|
|CVT Automatic||CVT Automatic||ECVT||CVT Automatic|