2010 Ford Escape Hybrid vs. Its Competition

2010 Ford Escape Hybrid
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

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 Hybrid2010 Ford Escape Hybrid
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2010 Mercury Mariner Hybrid FWD 4-door Hybrid Angular Front Exterior View2010 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
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2008 Lexus RX 400h FWD 4-door Hybrid Rear Exterior View2008 Lexus RX 400h
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2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
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Quick Specs
The 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid remains a solid, competitive entry among compact family SUVs and crossovers. Its fuel efficiency is superb, and the optional mechanical all-wheel drive sets it apart from any other AWD hybrid crossover.
With the carbon footprint of a small car and all the comforts and technologies of a luxury SUV, the 2008 Lexus RX 400h is a green family’s dream.
The 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers the same room and amenities that the nonhybrid Highlander does, only with better fuel economy and the badge of honor that comes with driving something that's trying to be green.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
30 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy30 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas/Electric I4Gas/Electric I4Gas/Electric V6Gas/Electric V6
EPA Class   
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
FWD 4-Door HybridFWD 4-Door HybridFWD 4-Door Hybrid4WD 4-Door (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door4 Door4-Door SUV4 Door
CVT AutomaticCVT AutomaticECVTCVT Automatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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