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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
Equipped similarly to the XLT gas-only model
Kelley Blue Book
Innovative high-tech features
Self-parking system handles all the steering required for parallel parking
The 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid doesn't exactly raise the bar with regards to features, but it does have enough high-tech goodies to (mostly) justify its price tag and keep owners satisfied.
Ford's latest Escape Hybrid starts at just under $30,000 for the most basic model, with a fully optioned Limited model clocking in at over $40,000. Kelley Blue Book reviewers concede that "choosing the Escape Hybrid over a gas-only model will likely cost you more money up front than you'll end up saving at the pump," but many consumers will find the civic benefits of driving a hybrid to be worth the trade-off. Fortunately, the Ford Escape Hybrid offers more than just electric propulsion; as Edmunds points out, the Escape Hybrid boasts numerous "innovative high-tech features," despite being "pricey for its size." Kelley Blue Book reports that the Escape Hybrid is "equipped similarly to the XLT gas-only model" and comes standard with "dual-zone climate control, four-speaker AM/FM/CD sound system with auxiliary audio input jack" and full power accessories. Edmunds adds that the Escape Hybrid includes "the Sync system" and "a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls." For consumers interested in the more luxurious Ford Escape Hybrid Limited, Edmunds states that the features list grows to include "a sunroof, rear parking assist, a rearview camera located in the rearview mirror," and "heated front seats and mirrors and multicolor ambient lighting." The SYNC system, which was co-developed with Microsoft, is one of the Escape Hybrid's most appealing tech features, and it allows drivers to operate their Bluetooth-enabled phones with voice commands.
The 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid can be optioned with a number of extra features, some of which are virtually unknown at this price level. First and foremost, Kelley Blue Book is surprised to find an "Active Park Assist [that] uses sonar and the electric power steering unit to automatically guide the Escape into an open parallel parking spot," a feature "usually found only on super luxury cars." Edmunds is impressed with the parking system, reporting that it "works surprisingly well," especially given its technical complexity. Ford also recognizes that some consumers might have second thoughts about turning parking duty over to a computer, and Cars.com says "the driver can also override the system and steer the car, if needed." Kelley Blue Book lists some of the other available options as "DVD navigation with 10GB hard drive storage, rear view camera, MyKey...[and] integrated side step bars and roof rack crossbars."
The 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid offers a lot of desirable features, but it's still a bit too expensive to be considered a strong value.