2012 Ford Escape vs. Its Competition

2012 Ford Escape Hybrid
Martin Padgett Martin 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.

2012 Ford Escape Hybrid2012 Ford Escape
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2012 Honda CR-V2012 Honda CR-V
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2012 Hyundai Tucson FWD 4-door Auto GLS Side Exterior View2012 Hyundai Tucson
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2012 Kia Sportage 2WD 4-door EX Angular Front Exterior View2012 Kia Sportage
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2012 Mazda MAZDA5 4-door Wagon Auto Sport Angular Front Exterior View2012 Mazda MAZDA5
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Quick Specs
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.
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.
One of the most improved crossovers, the 2012 Hyundai Tucson has size and value in its corner.
The Kia Sportage cuts a rakish new figure and spins out 260 turbocharged horsepower for a total image reboot--watch the options, though.
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    
Gas Mileage    
20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Minivan
Style Name    
FWD 4-Door XLS2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door Manual GL2WD 4-Door Base4-Door Wagon Manual Sport
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 Door Sport Utility4 Door5 Door Wagon
Detailed Spec Comparison
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