Think it's impossible to improve fuel economy while increasing power output? Look at the '09 Ford Escape Hybrid SUV, and you'll think again!
The Escape Hybrid's inline-4 cylinder engine has been bumped up from 2.3 to 2.5 liters. Combined with 2 electric motors, it has a net output of 177 horsepower- 20 more than '08. Power is routed through a continuously variable transmission to the front wheels. All wheel drive models get a third electric engine, which drives the rear wheels.
The front wheel drive model gets the best fuel economy at 34 miles per gallon city, 31 miles per gallon highway. Making it the most fuel efficient SUV currently on the market!
Also new for '09 is a Limited trim which adds leather seating, moon roof, and Sync voice activated entertainment and communications system as standard equipment
Base MSRP for the 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid is $26,265 for the 2-wheel drive model. An all wheel drive Escape Limited with full options can cost about $38,000. The Escape Hybrid is backed by a 5-year, 60,000-mile power train warranty.
With a new powertrain for '09, the Ford Escape Hybrid combines the versatility of an SUV with the economical and environmental benefits of a hybrid.