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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|2012 Ford Escape HybridBrowse Used Listings||2012 Honda CR-VBrowse Used Listings||2012 Hyundai TucsonBrowse Used Listings||2012 Kia SportageBrowse Used Listings||2012 Mazda MAZDA5Browse Used Listings|
|22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|N/A||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|N/A||2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Minivan|
|N/A||2WD 5-Door LX||FWD 4-Door Manual GL||2WD 4-Door Base||4-Door Wagon Manual Sport|
|N/A||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|N/A||Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door Sport Utility||4 Door||5 Door Wagon|
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|2012 Ford Escape Hybrid vs. 2012 Honda CR-V||2012 Ford Escape Hybrid vs. 2012 Hyundai Tucson||2012 Ford Escape Hybrid vs. 2012 Kia Sportage||2012 Ford Escape Hybrid vs. 2012 Mazda MAZDA5|