2012 Ford Escape Hybrid vs. Its Competition

2012 Ford Escape Hybrid
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Given the Escape Hybrid's advanced age, it's fair to say there are more up-to-date crossovers, but few that match its utility-to-economy equation.

The Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson earn gas-mileage ratings close to that of the Escape Hybrid's highway numbers, but they're significantly smaller inside.

The CR-V's new this year, and it promises to be far more evolution than revolution, which means an Escape-sized-or-more interior with meager acceleration and slightly improved fuel economy.

For a left-turn approach, a Mazda5 MPV makes a suitable replacement for the crossover Escape, and posts great gas mileage and a nimble feel, while also offering two additional seats.

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Quick Specs
7.6
If you're keen on green in crossover form, the 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid earns good gas-mileage ratings, but its styling and handling are showing their age.
7.8
The 2012 Honda CR-V is a great family vehicle, with a thoughtfully designed and comfortable interior, and improved refinement, but it lacks the confident, sprightly feel present in past CR-Vs.
8.0
One of the most improved crossovers, the 2012 Hyundai Tucson has size and value in its corner.
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The Kia Sportage cuts a rakish new figure and spins out 260 turbocharged horsepower for a total image reboot--watch the options, though.
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The nimble and fuel-efficient 2012 Mazda5 appeals to parents who don’t mind being seen in a minivan but don’t want to feel like they’re driving one.
MSRP From    
N/A$22,495$19,145$18,500$19,625
Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine    
N/AGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
N/A2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Minivan
Style Name    
N/A2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door Manual GL2WD 4-Door Base4-Door Wagon Manual Sport
Drivetrain    
N/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
N/A5556
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
N/ASport Utility Vehicle4 Door Sport Utility4 Door5 Door Wagon
Transmission    
N/AAutomaticManualManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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