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STYLING | 8 out of 10
Rugged and refined style that's appropriate for both downtowns and campgrounds
Kelley Blue Book
Has a plunging chrome grille that would be equally at home on a Volkswagen Jetta
Climate controls are simple to use
The second-generation Ford Escape Hybrid is entering its third year on the market, and reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that the styling still wears well on the midsize SUV.
The 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid is a mid-size, five-passenger hybrid SUV that Kelley Blue Book says "carries over with little change" from last year's model. Edmunds reports that the Ford Escape Hybrid "is available in two trim levels: base and Limited," with some noticeable cosmetic differences between the two. In particular, Edmunds references the "16-inch bright machined aluminum wheels" and "chrome exterior and interior accents" as the primary elements distinguishing the Escape Hybrid base and Limited models. Kelley Blue Book reviewers like the overall look, proclaiming it offers "a sort of rugged and refined style that's appropriate for both downtowns and campgrounds." The Escape Hybrid fits nicely into the Ford family, according to Cars.com, where reviewers contend that "the Escape Hybrid looks more like a Ford Explorer" than the first generation did. The Ford Escape Hybrid also sports the requisite "hybrid" badges that announce your eco-friendly aspirations to the world.
The interior of the Ford Escape Hybrid is pleasant, if a little outdated. Edmunds asserts that the cabin "provides occupants with a simple and uncluttered" environment, and "at night, the interior is further enhanced by modern, ice-blue illumination." Kelley Blue Book reviewers point to the "upright dash" and "firm seats" as evidence of "a much more contemporary demeanor, but the overall feeling still seems a bit dated" when compared to competing models. Dated or not, ConsumerGuide is pleased to report that "the climate controls are simple to use," and the "redundant steering-wheel buttons and voice programming via Ford's Sync system help" make complicated functions more manageable.
The 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid looks the same as before, with practical and inoffensive styling inside and out.